“The Haunting of Hill House’s” Horrors Are All Human

Originally published: Sommet Dame Magazine

We’re living in a golden age of horror, there’s no doubt about that. From the politically prescient Get Out to the heartbreakingly family-oriented A Quiet Place, to the thematically resonant Hereditary and The Babadook, the once overlooked genre has proved time and time again that it is capable of telling stories just as nuanced, precise and memorable as any high drama. In fact, even the shlockiest scare-fests are coming around to using a film language that exists beyond jump scares and first-person POV shots, with the latest iteration in the Halloween franchise telling an unexpectedly poignant tale of trauma, and the way it can manifest intergenerationally in a family.

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“The Nun” Oozes Atmosphere But Can’t Deliver on Fright

Originally published: Sommet Dame Magazine

Halloween is getting closer, which means a new glut of horror movies are waiting in the wings to take over the box office and capitalise on the spooky season. One that just couldn’t wait to get out of the gate is “The Nun”, the latest prequel in the extended universe set up by “The Conjuring”. Originally centred around the real-life paranormal investigators who dealt with the famous Amityville case, each movie in the series has distanced itself further and further from the idea that we are watching a dramatization of real events. Though “The Nun” begins with a stern warning that the story is based on real accounts, it is the most divorced from reality yet, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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