Category Archives: purity

Dracula (1992) – Sex, Misogyny, and Christianity

Dracula begins with an overload of cheap special effects, where images are superimposed, one fades into the other, and a battle is represented through Chinese shadows. One can’t help wonder whether the director is some overenthusiastic film school’s graduate who’s … Continue reading

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Trick ‘r Treat (part 2): Sacrifice, Rite of Passage, and ‘Othering’

The School Bus Massacre – Sacrifice and ‘Othering’  A group of children go from door to door trick ‘r treating but also collect jack-o’-lanterns. Alpha-girl Macy (Britt McKillip) tells the other kids of the ‘school bus massacre’. Thirty years prior, … Continue reading

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Trick ‘r Treat (part 1): Tradition and Ritual

The reason why I like horror is that it reverses the order of things. Those who fit society, be they conventional types or ‘alpha men and women’, are ridiculed, tortured, and killed. Horror is not just about our subconscious or … Continue reading

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Cabin in the Woods – Sacrifice, Scientific Modernity, and the Entertainment Society

The films starts off with the all too common horror trope of college students setting off for a weekend in a cabin in the woods. The students seem at first corny stereotypes from a B-movie, but they are quickly shown to be … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 2) – Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon

In Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Franco Zeffirelli’s Francis (Graham Faulkner) is a romantic rebellious youth. He echoes the ‘Jesus freaks’ of the sixties. Zeffirelli’s Francis rejects the other-wordly divine, the representations of heaven and hell, to emphasise creation in an almost … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 1) – Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis

Francis of Assisi was a complex character, who has been too often imagined as the sweet and gentle fool delighting in the singing of birds. In reality, he was a radical and uncompromising figure, and yet also compassionate and pragmatic. … Continue reading

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