Jacob’s Ladder: A Proxy War

The Vietnam timeline continues throughout the entire film, the truth slowly revealed in bits and pieces as it comes back to Jake. In the modern timeline, we’re never sure if it’s really happening or the entire thing is a fabrication of Jake’s dying brain as he bleeds out from the stab wound. The Vietnam scenes are the only ones we know aren’t happening in his head.

Gangs of New York: The Fear of Bill the Butcher

Every villain needs a juicy origin story. Bill the Butcher has two, that of his real life basis, William Poole, and the fictional past of the character from “Gangs of New York”. Their timelines...

Se7en: The Diner Scene

“David and I are going to have a baby…” Accompanied by an absolutely miserable expression. She says “going to” as if she’s positive about her decision to go through with the pregnancy, but her inflection flips the meaning of her words around. The subtext is: “…and I’m thinking of having an abortion.” No one says the word “abortion” in this scene or the rest of the movie, everything is heavily implied, conveyed by the superb performances of skilled actors.

Anatomy of a First Time Director: A Dark Song

Anatomy of a First Time Director: A Dark Song In episode 12 of our Anatomy of Horror series, we explore Liam Gavin’s 2016 debut A Dark Song. A Dark Song A grieving, yet determined mother convinces...

Anatomy of an Auteur: The Devil’s Backbone

Anatomy of an Auteur: The Devil’s Backbone Mimic Fresh off a disappointing American premiere of Mimic(1997), Guillermo del Toro was a young director in need of some home cooking. Enter Pedro...

The Anatomy of The Exorcist

Anatomy of The Exorcist In both our second and tenth episodes of the Anatomy of Horror series, we explore the depths of possibly the most iconic film of all time The Exorcist. In our second episode,...