“Given its distilled concentration of elements, its fierce reworking of pop sensibility, and its placement within the band’s trajectory, Screaming for Vengeance feels something like metal’s answer to Pet Sounds.”
I wrote about Rob Zombie’s 2010s cinematic output for In Review Online. I discuss problems of solipsism in contemporary genre scholarship, Zombie as renegade anti-humanist, and more.
Coming October 31 from The Seventh Row: Beyond Empowertainment: Feminist Horror and the Struggle for Agency. Discover some of the best female-centred horror films of the decade and how they’re pushing the genre forward.
The collection features Mike Thorn’s essay “‘No Desire If It’s Not Forbidden’: Dread, Eroticism, and Text Messaging in Personal Shopper,” an interview with Personal Shopper director Olivier Assayas, and contributions by Orla Smith, Elena Lazic, and Mary Angela Rowe, among others.
Mike Thorn reviewed Niall Howell’s debut novel Only Pretty Damned for FreeFall Magazine (volume 29, no. 2).
Autumn and Jake of the Slicin’ up Eyeballs podcast invited Justine Peres Smith (Ebert, Little White Lies, National Post), Scout Tafoya (Ebert, Los Angeles Review of Books) and me to discuss our favorite films of 2018.
To celebrate Halloween, Nathan Smith and Mike Thorn wrote a dialogue about Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009) for Cinematary.