The Last Picture Show (1971)

Peter Bogdanovich is a director in love with cinema itself, and that’s encapsulated best in his ode to the Golden Era, 1971’s The Last Picture Show. Outside of its reminiscences towards a way of life that may never have existed outside of an Andy Hardy movie, Bogdanovich deconstructs the American family, the small town, and…

Donkey Skin (1970)

As much as I hate to let my Americanism show, it crops up the worst when it comes to cinema. I don’t have a natural aversion to foreign cinema, but Britain is usually my go-to foreign country. The few times I do venture outside English it’s generally through the horror genre. Director Jacques Demy has…

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

I always try to include a more contemporary horror master in my 31 Days of Horror. Last year I reviewed Tobe Hooper’s borderline offensive cult classic The Funhouse (1981). This year’s Master of Horror is the dearly departed Wes Craven and his 1977 jaunt into the desert, The Hills Have Eyes. I went into this…

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972)

I’ve reviewed a few films from that no-frills purveyor of splashy horror American-International Pictures, or AIP. The studio known for putting old studio stars in sometimes sexy, always ridiculous splatterfests enters the “Grand Dame Guignol” market with Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? This Hansel and Gretel-inspired horror film takes Shelley Winters at her flashiest, if that’s even…