"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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Versatility, strangeness, an unusual intelligence

Jacques Tourneur

His horror movies were unimaginably eerie.


With Borges, one of the great masters of the short story.

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Truman Capote’s “Shut a Final Door”

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The Leaky Telephone: Asian Water Horror

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David Lynch’s Phone Horrifics

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Telephones in British supernatural lit.

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A Brief History of a Crypto-Science

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David Thomson’s “A Child’s Voice”

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Robert Altman’s “Images”

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“When Michael Calls”

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“Night Call”


John Holowach’s “Phone Call”


Revenge and cruelty are the wicked core of his films.

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“The strange and sinister embroidered on… the normal and easy.”

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A scene from CANDYMAN (1992)

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A fanboys’ fanboy, he coined the term “Cthulhu Mythos.”


His Fu Manchu yarns succeeded by stoking readers’ fear of a Yellow Peril.

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Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses: Sexy transgressive euro-Evil wins!

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Eyes Without a Face: dis­passionate yet romantic, gory yet lyrical

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The boundary between uncanny and uncanny-­fantastic is a difficult one.

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We don’t need sunglasses. We need to take the blinders off.

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Liminal Horror movies — between the super­natural and the every­day.

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Why are horror movies from 1960-63 so resistant to critical analysis?