Forgive and Forget: The Exploration of Guilt in STARFISH

By: Emily von Seele

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I caught Starfish at Fantastic Fest last year and it was one of the most uniquely beautiful films that I saw. Writer/director A.T White explores grief, loss, depression, and guilt in a way that pulls viewers into the headspace and soulspace of Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) — a young woman who has recently lost both a friend and a partner and is struggling to make sense of her emotions.

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Beautiful Freaks: Love and Acceptance in Guillermo del Toro’s HELLBOY Films

By: Emily von Seele

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There’s a moment in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army that fills me with joy like no other. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), both lovesick, sit together in the library of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) and drown their sorrows with beer and sappy, soft rock love songs. Each character is facing his own romantic dilemma and is unsure how to proceed — fearing the worst, but hoping for the best.

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The Dangers of Life Online in UNFRIENDED (2015)

By: Nolan McBride

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When Unfriended arrived in 2015,  the found footage subgenre was already on the decline, having saturated the market for the previous five or six years following the success of movies like Paranormal Activity. The format, it seemed, was wearing thin, prone to being too formulaic and one-note (though, to this day, I’ll still give most of them a shot). The movie reviewed well and grossed a ton of money relative to its meager budget ($1 million), but it seemed to exit the conversation just as quickly as it had arrived.

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Nolan’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2017

By: Nolan McBride

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2017 was a great year for horror. You’ve probably already had two months worth of folks telling you as such — including some that have written for this site — but even now it’s still an understatement. I had to leave off a number of great horror flicks, which is why my honorable mentions is almost as long as my regular list, but I wanted to highlight the movies that resonated with me the most, the ones I want to champion.

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