When David O. Selznick needed someone to edit the meandering script of Gone With the Wind, he gave it to Val Lewton. And it was Lewton who added the now-famous long, wide shot of the Atlanta rail depot showing the casualty of war. And when Selznick needed someone to edit a script for a British director’s first American film, he tapped Lewton. That film, Rebecca, would earn Hitchcock his only Oscar nomination. To this day, when sound editors want to manufacture a scare on screen, they refer to the “Lewton bus.”Read More
Hitchcock cites fairy tale literature as a child’s introduction to horror, but he’s also speaking indirectly about the maturation of horror cinema. The special effects have become more realistic and the violence more explicit, but what frightened us in 1958 remains true for 2018. Classics had to earn your attention through mood and narrative, not with threats of gratuitous jump scares and stomach-churning grotesqueries.
Here’s a list of 11 essential classics of horror cinema that you might have overlooked, all of which are available to view on physical media through Netflix DVD. I’ve drawn the line in the ectoplasm at 1970 because the aesthetics of horror shifted dramatically with the dissolution of the Hays Code and the introduction of the MPAA film ratings system in 1968. American filmmakers immediately began exploring newfound freedoms with regards to graphic depictions of sex and violence, literally rendering the films made before the ratings system a product of a bygone – but no less worthy – era of cinema.Read More
What are the 13 horror flicks that DVD Netflix members have rented most over the years? Let’s find out!Read More
Over the years, Brad Pitt has developed a presence as an actor with a sort of shambling grace that belies a stubbornly intense spirit. This presence hit its apex with his performance in Moneyball (2011). This list of movies represents the films where Pitt allows us to see that while everything may look easy from the outside, inside there is considerable unnoticed struggle.Read More
What is "Worst Saturday?" A group of friends gathering to watch movies that are so bad, they're good. And sometimes they're really hard to track down.... unless you have DVD Netflix.Read More