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Eli Roth

No Laughing Matter (photo)

No Laughing Matter

On the first night of SXSW at the “Predators” sneak preview, someone leaned over to me and asked “Have you been to Comic-Con?” I knew where the question was headed, and although he was speaking specifically about the presentation we were about to see, where no full film was shown and the studio carefully curated […]

On “Cabin Fever 2” and where the hell horror film is headed next. (photo)

On “Cabin Fever 2” and where the hell horror film is headed next.

Horror is in a strange place right now. In a genre currently steeped in remakes, “Paranormal Activity” has become the first original nail-biter to break through to the masses since “Saw,” whose sixth installment showed its (and torture porn in general’s) age by coming in second to “Activity” (in its third week) at the box […]

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History (photo)

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds.”] There have been two moments in film this year that have moved me to my cine-loving core. Both involved individuals stirred by the power of image, art and mythology. And both illustrated a personal investment for each character (some, real-life characters), revealing a potent significance and […]

The Terrible Twos: Five Legitimately Scary Horror Sequels (photo)

The Terrible Twos: Five Legitimately Scary Horror Sequels

This week at the movie theater you have your choice of two different horror movie sequels: Rob Zombie’s second film of a rebooted “Halloween” franchise (technically the tenth in the series) and a fourth “Final Destination” picture about teenagers caught in Rube Goldbergian death traps, with this one in 3-D and featuring the appealing conclusive […]

Cannes 2009: “Inglourious Basterds.” (photo)

Cannes 2009: “Inglourious Basterds.”

Spoilers below. Quentin Tarantino’s a great writer of dialogue, and no one’s more convinced of the fact than Quentin Tarantino. The ratio of talk to action — not gun fights or explosions, but just people doing stuff — in “Inglourious Basterds” is, generously, nine to one. Again and again, characters sit down over drinks (whiskey, […]