Retrospectives

Retrospective articles take a look back on historical topics. Some are in-depth examinations of individual titles. Others are more general explorations of topical trends.

Horror's Fallen Heroes: Village of the Damned (1960)

Horror’s Fallen Heroes: Village of the Damned (1960)

In horror cinema, nothing so much becomes a character’s life as the leaving of it. It is de rigueur to see screen victims beaten, bitten and bled out, clawed and jawed, decapitated, eviscerated, and even evaporated. These fates are not reserved merely for the anonymous extras (the equivalent of STAR TREK’s red-shirted bit players) who [...]

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: I am ... Dracula

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: I am … Dracula

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Movie monsters know that more than anybody. Much of the genre is built upon the suspenseful build-up to the first full revelation of exactly what it is that we the viewers have paid to see and shiver over. Often, that revelation takes the form [...]

James Bond at 50: Vesper Lynd and Vodka Martinis

James Bond at 50: Vesper Lynd and Vodka Martinis

Long-time fans of the James Bond films know that the secret agent enjoys a good vodka martini, shaken not stirred. But what is a vodka martini? Why should it be shaken rather than stirred? And come to think of it, is there even such a thing as a vodka martini? Readers of the Ian Fleming [...]

Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective

Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective

As part of Cinefantastique’s 50th anniversary tribute to TALES OF TERROR (1962), we recently posted a podcast discussing producer-director Roger Corman’s three-part omnibus of horror inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. As scintillating as the podcast conversation might be, it cannot capture the aesthetic achievements of the film, which features impressive production design [...]

A CFQ Retrospective: Celebrating Pixar’s 25th Anniversary

This year marks Pixar Animation Studios 25th Anniversary, although the core group that went on to form Pixar actually dates back before 1986.  Cinefantastique was on the scene to celebrate Pixar’s  first major success, TOY STORY  in 1995, along with their early triumphs in computer graphics for effects work.  As CARS 2 is about to [...]

Ghost Story of Yotsuya (Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan)

Ghost Story of Yotsuya (Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan)

There is a tradition in Japan to present ghost stories during the warm summer months. An 18th century kabuki play by Nanboku Tsuruya provided the most popular and durable storyline – that of an ambitious, would-be samurai named Iemon who marries and then murders Iwa, whose ghost returns to wreak revenge on her faithless [...]

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt. 5

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt. 5

The Green Hornet Strikes NOW! The 1980-90’s comic book revival.

The Innocents: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #4

The Innocents: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #4

The fourth installment of the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast focuses its attention on the 1961 classic THE INNOCENTS. This ambiguous and haunting ghost story was produced and directed by Jack Clayton, based on Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw and William Archibald’s stage adaptation, The Innocents. Oscar-winner Freddie Francis supplied the atmospheric black-and-white photography, [...]

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt. 4

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt. 4

Another Challenge for The Green Hornet — TV in the era of Bat-Mania.

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt.3

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt.3

The Green Hornet jumps to the 4-Color world of comic books and investigates other media.