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Director’s Cut: Wes Craven

Wes Craven was an American film director, producer, editor, screenwriter and actor. He directed nearly 30 films and TV shows throughout his career, but he is best known for the “Scream” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchises. He has been revered for his contributions to the world of horror spanning across his 45 year long career.

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Art the Clown: The scariest clown in horror

“Terrifier” (2016) is an independent horror film that was written, produced and directed by Damien Leone. The film features a clown by the name of Art the Clown, brilliantly played by David Howard Thornton. Art the Clown is a demonic entity donning mime-like clothes and face paint, and always smiling to show his filthy teeth. Since the film’s release, Art has carved out a place for himself in the horror world, and with the release of “Terrifier 2” (2022), it is safe to say that Art has earned a place amongst some of the best villains. 

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A closer look: cosmic horror

Cosmic horror, also known as Lovecraftian horror, is a subgenre of horror created by its namesake, author H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft. To better understand the genre, I will discuss the central philosophy of cosmic horror, as well as look at some examples of cosmic horror films. 

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OPINION: Viewers outraged over ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer

Disney released the trailer for the new highly anticipated live-action movie “The Little Mermaid” on Sept. 9. Scheduled to be released in May of 2023, the film will star Halle Bailey as Ariel. The trailer created waves of controversy immediately following its release, with many people upset over the fact that Halle Bailey is a Black woman, despite Ariel originally being drawn as white in the original movie. 

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The Year of A24: A Retrospective

At the start of this year, I offhandedly made a comment to my friends about how I think that this year is going to be the most successful year for A24, which is an independent film studio. As of September 2022, A24 has released eight films so far, and by the end of this year, they will have released 15. They have always made great movies, but this year is different. This year, they released something for everyone to enjoy, from children’s movies to campy slashers. I want to take a look at some of the eight films that have been released thus far to show the incredibly successful year that A24 had. 

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Featured are von Trier’s most recent films, “Nymphomaniac” (2013) and “The House that Jack Built” (2018) (Photos courtesy of Imdb).
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Director’s Cut: Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter whose career has spanned across over four decades. His most notable work includes “Dogville” (2003), “Antichrist” (2008), “Melancholia” (2011), and “Nymphomaniac” (2013) to name only a few. No stranger to controversy, von Trier has pushed the boundaries of screen to new levels, never failing to shock the film community as a whole. 

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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (2022) review: Not worth the watch

“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2022) is the newly released sequel to the 1974 classic of the same name. It follows a group of young influencers looking to revive the ghost town of Harlow, Texas nearly fifty years after the original film. However, the group quickly realizes that the town of Harlow is a ghost town for a reason, that reason being the chainsaw wielding Leatherface, who kills everyone who crosses his path.

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