The Eclipse - Illustration by Alex Landers | Irish horror film by director Conor McPherson (2009) | onecriticalbitch.com

The Eclipse

*Danger, Will Robinson: Affiliate Links Ahead! Read the disclosure policy.* Terrible news if you’ve been a fan of the in-your-face horror options presented thus far (See Halloween, Drag Me To Hell, and Identity). More along the lines of Absentia, but with a grander, more classic tone, The Eclipse is at its heart a romance. A romance with…

Eleanor The Haunting Watercolor Illustration

#16: Eleanor

Netflix delivered. My favorite haunted house movie is here. And lucky for me, it’s quite the fairy tale, and it takes us very nicely into a full weekend of – my favorite favorite – lady horror. Let’s do it. The Haunting (1963) Everybody has a right to run away. I’m not usually one to advocate…

Oculus Mirror Watercolor

#9: The Lasser Glass

Right off the bat, Oculus looked like a movie I’d avoid at all costs. People with white eye contacts and spooky mirrors don’t really scream “this will be good” to me. And the last time I gave in to that marketing gimmick (Oh, Keifer, why’d you do Mirrors?), I really hated myself afterward. But I had…

Woman Eye Watercolor Hausu

#8: Auntie’s House

I said Phantasm was weird. Hadn’t watched this one yet. House (Hausu) She eats unmarried young girls. I’m watching Hausu on a tip-off from a friend, and while I suspected this would be strange (because she always delivers), I was 110% not prepared for the experience that awaited me. I’ve done a lot of staring…

Grudge Kayako Ghost Girl Watercolor

#7: Yurei, Onryo, Ghost

Why am I watching The Grudge? Couldn’t I at least pay the Japanese some respect and watch Ju-on? The answer is simple: I never intended to watch The Grudge, my copy of The Haunting (1963) has yet to arrive, and my boyfriend happens to, for some inexplicable reason, own a copy of the 2004 American remake…

The Shining Elevator Doors Illustration

#6: The Overlook Hotel

You’ve been waiting for this one, haven’t you? I have. The Shining “I wish we could stay here forever. And ever. And ever.” I believe The Shining to be a perfect film. By this I mean, there is not a frame out of place. A line of dialogue that shouldn’t be there. An expression, a look,…

Haunting Connecticut Ghost

#5: Funeral Home

I don’t want to pretend that this is great cinema (I didn’t really pretend that with Phantasm, either). But to get to the truly extraordinary, we can’t just ignore the ordinary. Because ordinary, basic, popular film is what provides the foundation for really bizarre and life altering work to be made. There’s nothing new here. It’s not the…

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