Film International, “The Houses That Hooper Built – American Twilight: The Cinema of Tobe Hooper”

“This juxtaposition between some admittedly cheesy films and their serious thematic undercurrents can be jarring, and nowhere is this effect more evident than in Mike Thorn’s ‘Lizard Brain Ouroboros: Human Antiexceptionalism in Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive and Crocodile.’ These films are not the director’s best by a longshot (although the former, his 1976 follow-up to Texas Chain Saw, has enjoyed a cult following), but Thorn skillfully dissects how they illustrate ‘the [triune brain] theory…that human cognition’s roots can be traced to the nonhuman animal world’ (106). The boundary separating these worlds dissolves, and viewers may find themselves rooting more for the so-called ‘monsters’ than the oblivious humans exploiting them.”

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Kendall Reviews Guest Post: A Cinematic Mood Board for Peel Back and See

“As a whole, Peel Back and See is probably my bleakest book to date, with only a few diversions into more playful genre territory (e.g. ‘Mr. Mucata’s Final Requests’, ‘The Furnace Room Mutant’, and ‘Virus’). For the most part, these stories are awash in the personal affective experiences of chronic depression, anxiety, psychological ruptures, post-postmodern despair, addiction, loss, grief, nihilism, pessimism, and suicidal ideation.”

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Mike Thorn on The Force Five Movie Podcast 2021 Halloween Special

“Horror expert and author Mike Thorn joins me this year for the annual F5 Halloween Special! I’ve got reviews for David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018) and the new spectacle, Halloween Kills (2021). I also announce the Force Five’s first Blu-ray giveaway! For the Halloween Special, we each chose movies you need to watch from five scary categories: Exorcism, Witch, Ghost/Supernatural, Zombie, Monster/Creature Feature.

Buy Mike Thorn’s newest book, Peel Back and See, available here on October 29th.”

Listen to the episode.

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