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    VIDEO ESSAY: Our Scary Summer: 1979

    The cover of the June 1979 issue of Newsweek featured an image of Sigourney Weaver from "Alien." The caption read: "Hollywood's Scary Summer." I was thirteen. The horror movies released that summer would form a grotesque carnival that mirrored my own and the world's anxieties.

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    Apes vs. Zombies: New Skin for the Old Apocalypse in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

    Matt Reeves’ "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" echoes George Romero’s "Dawn of the Dead" in more than just its title.

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    OUR SCARY SUMMER: OVER THE EDGE, PHANTASM, and Other Teen Nightmares

    The seventies was a scary time for anyone—nuclear disasters, political revolutions, oil conflicts—but it seemed a particularly disturbing one for kids.

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    OUR SCARY SUMMER: David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD and the Weirding of the American Family

    Few films expose the limitations of therapy narratives more ruthlessly than David Cronenberg’s "The Brood." Having explored the psychosexual demons haunting the individual human psyche in "Shivers" and "Rabid," the Canadian director turned his peculiar attention to the monsters lurking within the f...

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    OUR SCARY SUMMER: PROPHECY and the Toxic Environments of 1979

    With "Prophecy," John Frankenheimer wanted to create an environmentally-conscious horror film that would raise the ethical stakes of popcorn fare.

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    OUR SCARY SUMMER: DAWN OF THE DEAD and the New American Malaise

    As tag-lines go, George Romero’s seminal zombie epic sports a pretty good one: “When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth.” As a thirteen year old, I had repeatedly stared at the lurid poster bearing these ominous words at the Maplewood Mall multiplex in the weeks before the f...

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    Our Scary Summer: ALIEN, the Energy Crisis and Desperate Consumerism

    The cover of the June 1979 issue of Newsweek featured an image of Sigourney Weaver from "Alien" under the caption: "Hollywood's Scary Summer." I was thirteen, and the horror movies released that summer would form a kind of grotesque carnival that mirrored my own and the world's anxieties.

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    DOWN-UNDERGROUND: Muriel’s Red Wedding

    Dismissed by many critics as misogynistic torture porn, "Wolf Creek" is in fact a compendium of filmic tropes that simultaneously resurrects and comments on Australia’s peculiar film history.

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    DOWN-UNDERGROUND: The LONG WEEKEND of the 1970s

    "Long Weekend" was promoted with the irresistible tag-line: “Their crime was against nature: nature found them guilty.” Directed by Colin Eggleston, the film was released on March 29, 1979, the day after the infamous nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Virtual Animals: Building the Digital Ark

    The fewer animals we find in the wild, the more we see on screen. The digital revolution has enabled filmmakers to create an entirely new breed of animal, one that exists only in the form of pixels. Absence of flesh and blood answered by an abundance of virtual animals.

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