Category: Movies


  • The Blair Witch Project ruined my childhood

    The Blair Witch Project ruined my childhood

    We were all far less sophisticated back in the nineties, which made manipulation far easier, yet it was a different kind of coercive dishonesty to the sort peddled on Facebook via shared posts, the sort taken for actual news. People are differently stupid now. These days, we know when something is being marketed at us […]

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  • I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – an examination

    I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – an examination

    SPOILERS AHEAD! Lois Duncan was a household name if your house was home to kids with library memberships in the 70s and 80s. Her books for young people were Young Adult before the genre became mainstreamed. Looked down on, these books were known back then as Juvenile Fiction. Not that Lois Duncan ever wrote fiction […]

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  • Scream (Music From The Dimension Motion Picture)

    Scream (Music From The Dimension Motion Picture)

    This was a high school album on CD that I desperately wanted to own before the credits of the film started to roll. When it comes to music in movies, especially those aimed at young people, no-one did it better than John Hughes. A tastemaker, he wrote characters in his movies that listened to the […]

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  • Zazie dans le Métro by Raymond Queneau

    Zazie dans le Métro by Raymond Queneau

    Blame Joe Meno. I was going through a period of obsession with his work because I enjoyed The Boy Detective Fails so much. This happens when I find someone new whose work sparks something, a need for more. Hairstyles of the Damned came next. I read that in a few days, turning the pages until […]

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  • Vampira, a love story

    Vampira, a love story

    Vampira exists in a few clips and the hearts of her fans, who have kept her memory alive for decades. When I think of Vampira, usually around the end of October every year, I wonder if she knew her work was pioneering. Everything about her perfectly summed up the time, yet sent it up as […]

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  • Things That Make Me Happy During Lockdown

    Things That Make Me Happy During Lockdown

    Lockdown is tough on everyone. All of our freedoms have been snatched from us, our TV sets and streaming services help a little, but the more adverts I see telling me to #StayAtHome the more I want to scream. No-one wants to overwhelm our NHS, but of course if The Tories hadn’t slashed it to […]

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  • Jawbreaker: An Apology

    Jawbreaker: An Apology

    This is an apology. Specifically, an apology to Jawbreaker, the movie I dismissed back in 1999 as a Heathers rip-off. I did. I watched Jawbreaker, and then I dismissed it. And now I’m apologising. I’m apologising to Darren Stein. I’m apologising to Rose McGowan. I’m also apologising to Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Judy Greer. […]

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  • Years Later, The Craft Continues To Cast A Spell On Me

    Years Later, The Craft Continues To Cast A Spell On Me

    Decades after being released to mixed reviews and a good showing at the box office, The Craft continues to be revered and relevant, a preciously guarded artefact for an entire generation of teens who have now grown up into adulthood. An argument could – and probably has on a billion other blogs – be made […]

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  • Rituals on Halloween

    Rituals on Halloween

    It was when my friend Claire decided to ‘check the pizza’ for the fifth time in three minutes that I realised she didn’t like fictional murderous killer dolls with ginger hair. Horror movies on Halloween have always been part of our annual ritual, though not all of them are to Claire’s liking. And her opinion […]

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  • Being A Teenager In The ’90s

    Being A Teenager In The ’90s

    As things change, things also stay the same. A mystery assailant with a grudge against high-profile officials sends bombs in the US Mail. Sabrina The Teenage Witch gets up to silly magical hi-jinks with the help of her two kooky old aunts. RuPaul hosts a chat show crammed with celebrity guests. You might think I’m […]

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