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The House of Exorcism (1975): restrospective review

The House of Exorcism (1975): restrospective review

In cults circles (especially among fans of Italian horror cinema in general and director Mario Bava in particular), THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM is probably the most (in)famous alternate film version in existence – a complete do-over of Bava’s excellent and ethereal LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973) with added scenes of (you guessed it!), exorcism and [...]

CFQ Spotlight 5:25 - Deliver Us From Evil

CFQ Spotlight 5:25 – Deliver Us From Evil

Demons are trying to break on through into our world – and they enjoy The Doors! Listen in as Cinefantastique podcasters Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski explore the horrors of DELIVER US FROM EVIL, an interesting amalgam of THE EXORCIST and SEVEN, from the team behind THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. Eric Bana stars as [...]

Possession (1980) – watch free

Some films are too weird to satisfy yet too fascinating to dismiss. Take, for instance, POSSESSION (1980), the uber-strange film from Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, which stars Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill as a married couple undergoing some kind of breakdown. Conventional melodrama, right? No. The marital discord manifests in bizarre and frightening ways, as [...]

The Devil's Due, Oscar Noms & First Men in the Moon: Podcast 5:3.1

The Devil’s Due, Oscar Noms & First Men in the Moon: Podcast 5:3.1

Volume 5, Number 3 of the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast brings you the latest news and reviews of what’s happening in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction cinema. The intrepid CFQ podcasting team analyzes the 2014 nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including GRAVITY and HER; and eulogizes [...]

The Last Exorcism Part II: Review

The Last Exorcism Part II: Review

Sitting down to write a review of THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, I find myself somewhat in the position of the modern satirist, who finds the real world has become so ridiculous that there is little room to push the envelope even further for comic effect, rendering the concept of satire almost redundant. In my [...]

January 15 Home Video: Paranormal Activity 4, Possession and more

January 15 Home Video: Paranormal Activity 4, Possession and more

POSSESSION, which played in U.S. theatres last August, hits video store shelves on Tuesday, January 15. The supernatural thriller, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick arrives in two versions: the first contains a DVD, a digital copy, and UltraViolet; the second contains Blu-ray, Digital Copy, and UltraViolet.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 becomes available for download in [...]

THE RITE: Satan, Possession, and Unlikely Sources of Faith

THE RITE: Satan, Possession, and Unlikely Sources of Faith

The Devil and the related phenomenon of demonic possession, have been the source of several horror films for the years. Previous decades offered THE EXORCIST (1973), with its Roman Catholic perspective, and the various films that made up Protestant responses to it in THE OMEN (1976) and its sequels. Moving forward into more recent cinematic [...]

The Rite: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #3

The Rite: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #3

The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast goes to Hell in a handbasket this week, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski scourge the evil spirits possessing THE RITE, the new exorcism-themed horror film starring Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS). Allegedly inspired by true events, the screenplay by Michael Petroni (suggested by Matt Baglio’s [...]

Exorcismus on screen

Exorcismus on screen

IFC Films releases this foreign horror film, directed by Manuel Carballo and starring Stephen Billington, Tommy Bastow, and Doug Bradley. A rebellious young girl (Sophie Vavasseur) slowly discovers that she is possessed by a twisted, evil force. She is soon forced against her will to use extreme measures to free herself. The film, which [...]

The Rite: January 28

The Rite: January 28

Warner Brothers (the studio behind THE EXORCIST) releases this supernatural thriller through its New Line subsidiary. Allegedly inspired by true events, the plot follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to [...]