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The horror, the (British) horror.

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"What shall I sing to my lord from my window?"
At the LA Weekly, John Patterson finds that "The Golden Age of British Horror: 1955 – 1975" series offered by Hollywood’s American Cinematheque (and kicking off today) might be a little too quick in gilding itself:

Despite winning notoriety in their time for censor-baiting levels of violence, gore and cleavage exposure, the early Hammer successes — "Horror of Dracula" and "Revenge of Frankenstein," which inaugurated the studio’s lucrative practice of plundering Universal’s monster gallery — now look like the rickety, bottom-of-the-bill fare they in fact were. Only in such a tame and sexless era of British cinema could they have seemed so distinctive. When the bottom fell out of the second-feature market in the early 1960s, British horror should by rights have died along with it. But distribution deals with American firms kept it artificially alive — albeit destined mainly for grindhouses and drive-ins — until American money withdrew altogether from the British film industry in the early ’70s, after which not even Dr. Frankenstein could resuscitate the genre.

Geoffrey Macnab at the Independent and Colm Tóibín at the Guardian write more fondly about another British horror film from the era, Jack Clayton‘s 1961 "Turn of the Screw" adaptation "The Innocents," which is getting a theatrical re-release in London. Macnab notes that the film has plenty of admirers:

"I often say it is the best photographed film of mine although it won
no photographic awards," remarks its cinematographer, Freddie Francis,
now 88, whose other credits include such strikingly shot work as "The
French Lieutenant’s Woman"
and Martin Scorsese‘s version of "Cape Fear."
The co-writer Truman Capote was equally proud of his contribution,
calling "The Innocents" his "best film script". Pauline Kael described
the film as "the best ghost movie I’ve ever seen". The great French
director François Truffaut once happened to be eating in the same
restaurant as Clayton. He had never met the English film-maker but had
a waiter carry him over a napkin on which he had scribbled: "’The
Innocents’ is the best English film after Hitchcock goes to America."

Tóibín examines the power and appeal of Henry James‘ original story, which has inspired numerous stage, television and film adaptations (look, here’s another one in the works).

+ Crimson Joy (LA Weekly)
+ ‘The Innocents’: Scared? You will be… (Independent)
+ Pure evil (Guardian)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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