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Jed Mayer

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    Watch: My Life as a Swedish Pop Star: The ABBA Videos of Lasse Hallström: A Video Essay

    Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anna-Frid: their initials spell ABBA. The band's distinctive image, indivisible from its sound and its success, was in large part crafted by Lasse Hallstrom, a director better known for his quirky comedies, like "My Life as a Dog," "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape," "Chocolat," a...

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    THE BABADOOK as Fairy Tale Therapy: “Committed to the monster theory”

    "The Babadook" makes a persuasive case for horror films as a form of therapy.

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    Children in Horror Films: The Kids Are Not Alright

    Is it any wonder there are so many horror movies about children? We regard children with pious adoration, yet lurking just beneath this reverence is a sense of dread, an awareness of how little we really know about our kids.

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    Of Scalpels and Synthesizers: The Music of THE KNICK

    One of the more jarring manifestations of the anti-nostalgic vision of "The Knick" is the show’s innovative synthesizer score, composed by long-time Steven Soderbergh collaborator, Cliff Martinez.

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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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