ConsulLeo reviews Un Refugio para los Condenados (Spanish translation of Shelter for the Damned)

“[T]he way in which the shack progressively takes over Mark reminds me of stories like The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson or Hell House, by Matheson, due to the way in which the evil housed in these mythical buildings takes advantage of the pre-existing weaknesses in its inhabitants, either to destroy them, as in the aforementioned classics, or to, in some way, possess or transform them, as in this novel …”

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Mike Thorn’s favorite first viewings of 2022

Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915)

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Christy Cabanne & John Emerson, 1916)

Hintertreppe (Paul Leni & Leopold Jessner, 1921)

Hell Harbor (Henry King, 1930)

Doctor X (Michael Curtiz, 1932)

The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

Crime without Passion (Ben Hecht & Lee Garmes & Charles MacArthur, 1934)

Mandalay (Michael Curtiz, 1934)

You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang, 1937)

The Face Behind the Mask (Robert Florey, 1941)

The Sea Wolf (Michael Curtiz, 1941)

Calling Dr. Death (Reginald Le Borg, 1943)

The Curse of the Cat People (Robert Wise & Gunther von Fritsch, 1944)

Weird Woman (Reginald Le Borg, 1944)

The Frozen Ghost (Harold Young, 1945)

Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945)

Shock (Alfred L. Werker, 1946)

Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948)

Flamingo Road (Michael Curtiz, 1949)

Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa, 1949)

The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz, 1950)

House by the River (Fritz Lang, 1950)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger, 1950)

Angel Face (Otto Preminger, 1953)

Niagara (Henry Hathaway, 1953)

The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1954)

Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)

Lola Montès (Max Ophüls, 1955)

Bonjour, Tristesse (Otto Preminger, 1958)

Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim, 1960)

Strangers When We Meet (Richard Quine, 1960)

Confessions of an Opium Eater (Albert Zugsmith, 1962)

Diary of a Madman (Reginald Le Borg, 1963)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Mario Bava, 1963)

Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967)

Hell in the Pacific (John Boorman, 1968)

One of the Missing (Tony Scott, 1968)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Ted Post, 1970)

Loving Memory (Tony Scott, 1970)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (Don Taylor, 1971)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (J. Lee Thompson, 1971)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)

Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper (Joe Gannon, 1974)

Lenny (Bob Fosse, 1974)

The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975)

Death Game (Peter S. Traynor, 1977)

Patrick (Richard Franklin, 1978)

Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)

Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981)

Next of Kin (Tony Williams, 1982)

Star 80 (Bob Fosse, 1983)

Scream for Help (Michael Winner, 1984)

The New Kids (Sean S. Cunningham, 1985)

Biotherapy (Akihiro Kashima, 1986)

Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God—Part I (Kazuo Komizu, 1986)

Frantic (Roman Polanski, 1988)

Maniac Cop (William Lustig, 1988)

Baby Blood (Alain Robak, 1990)

Flatliners (Joel Schumacher, 1990)

The Guardian (William Friedkin, 1990)

Juice (Ernest R. Dickerson, 1992)

Midori (Hiroshi Harada, 1992)

Menace II Society (Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, 1993)

Brainscan (John Flynn, 1994)

Species (Roger Donaldson, 1995)

Frat House (Todd Phillips & Andrew Gurland, 1998)

The Phantom of the Opera (Dario Argento, 1998)

Crazy/Beautiful (John Stockwell, 2001)

Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green, 2001)

Get Over It! (Tommy O’Haver, 2001)

Heartbreakers (David Mirkin, 2001)

Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001)

O (Tim Blake Nelson, 2001)

Blue Crush (John Stockwell, 2002)

Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2002)

Pusher II (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2004)

Pusher 3 (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2006)

Hazard (Sion Sono, 2005)

Apocalypto (Mel Gibson, 2006)

The Grudge 2 (Takashi Shimizu, 2006)

The Shock Labyrinth (Takashi Shimizu, 2009)

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (Kim Han-min, 2014)

Based on a True Story (Roman Polanski, 2017)

Too Old to Die Young (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2019)

All Eyes Off Me (Hadas ben Aroya, 2021)

Limbo (Soi Cheang, 2021)

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