Sweeney Todd (2007) Review

  Who is Sweeney Todd? The man behind the world’s closest shave first appeared in a serial called The String of Pearls: A Romance. It took place in 1785 and was first published as a serial in 1846-47. The story has been adapted for stage and screen many times over, but in case you aren’t familiar with it, here’s the short version. Sweeney Todd is a barber on Fleet Street in London. He kills his victims (sometimes through breaking their necks and sometimes his straight-edge razor) and then disposes of the bodies by giving them to his neighbor, Mrs. Lovett. She bakes into meat pies at a … Continue reading Sweeney Todd (2007) Review

From Hell (2001) Review

          What is the Connection between the Title and Jack the Ripper? Jack the Ripper was a serial killer immortalized in the London newspapers of 1888. When London’s East End neighborhoods fell victim to a string of distinctive and brutal murders, they attributed them to a single person. The rumors often referred to “Leather Apron” because of the level of butchery. Though the bodies were left out in the open and found soon after the victims died, these murders pre-date forensic science so there was never a conviction. Letters (thought by many to be fraudulent) sent to the press and signed “Jack … Continue reading From Hell (2001) Review

Get a Dazzling Look at Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Tales

    Director Raul Garcia (The Lion King, Aladdin) brings together five amazing depictions of some of Poe’s scariest stories and pairs them with voice talent like Christopher Lee, Guillermo Del Toro, and Bela Lugosi (archive). I especially loved using Del Toro to narrate The Pit and the Pendulum because the story takes place during the Spanish Inquisition, and his accent helps add to the setting in a way that just reading it couldn’t.   The Masque of the Red Death always stuck out to me as a reader, and the sumptuous style and rich colors of the animation were spot on. The style of each vignette … Continue reading Get a Dazzling Look at Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Tales

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Punks an American Revolution Myth

The History of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The story first appeared in print in 1820 as a short story. Since then, it’s gone on to be one of the most enduring American ghost stories of all time. In Washington Irving’s original tale, a hapless schoolteacher in New York state is pursued by a ghost in 1790. I remember watching a short Disney adaptation at Halloween every year in elementary school. Compared to its adaptation by director Tim Burton in 1999, that was definitely child’s play. The Movie Punks the Original In the film, the character of Ichabod Crane has been fundamentally altered. (Except, perhaps, for … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow (1999) Punks an American Revolution Myth

Crimson Peak (2015) Review

  Generally speaking, I don’t watch that many horror flicks like Crimson Peak. At least, I don’t watch that many GOOD ones. I tend to watch bad, low-budget productions for the accidental comedy and goofy effects. In other words, I only watch the ones that won’t give me nightmares. But, for the sake of my fabulous readers, I took the plunge and saw Crimson Peak, which looked legitimately freaky based on the trailer (see below). And yes, yes it was. But, it was also in turns gorgeous and subtle as well as brutal and spine-tingling. Director and co-writer Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) struck a delicate … Continue reading Crimson Peak (2015) Review