The Uncanny Archive

Uncanny Art, Photography, and Films

Category: Film Reviews

Nosferatu: subverting the myth of the romanticised vampire and embodying the human desire for the uncanny

Nosferatu: subverting the myth of the romanticised vampire and embodying the human desire for the uncanny

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) is a German expressionist film adaptation of Dracula and Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), dir….

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Marie-poupée (1976): life-like dolls and fetishism

Marie-poupée (1976): life-like dolls and fetishism

Marie-poupée (1976), dir. by Joël Séria, is a problematic, subversive French psychosexual drama with horror undertones, tackling the lurid, uncomfortable…

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Psychological horror films set in the fashion world: The Neon Demon (2016) and Helter Skelter (2012)

Psychological horror films set in the fashion world: The Neon Demon (2016) and Helter Skelter (2012)

The Neon Demon (2016), directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is a surreal hyper-stylised psychological horror film unveiling a dark satire of…

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Melancholia (2011) – the visually striking overture, an eerie dreamscape & an exquisite cinematic symphony of death

Melancholia (2011) – the visually striking overture, an eerie dreamscape & an exquisite cinematic symphony of death

The opening sequence of Melancholia (2011, Lars von Trier), a collection of gloomy, surreal, painting-resembling, slow-motion shots, is an insidious introduction to…

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Lurid Cult Horror Films – Fascination, The Beyond, and Videodrome

Lurid Cult Horror Films – Fascination, The Beyond, and Videodrome

Fascination (1979) is an artful aesthetically-pleasing erotic Gothic horror film situated between arthouse and grindhouse, directed by Jean Rollin. Rollin tends…

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I Am Mother (2019): a gripping post-apocalyptic sci-fi film

I Am Mother (2019): a gripping post-apocalyptic sci-fi film

I Am Mother (2019), a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film directed by Grant Sputore, starts off at a slow pace, revealing the eerie routine…

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Perfect Blue (1997): a disorienting, surreal Japanese animated psychological horror

Perfect Blue (1997): a disorienting, surreal Japanese animated psychological horror

Perfect Blue (1997), directed by Satoshi Kon, is a disturbing, disorienting, surreal Japanese animated psychological horror/thriller film based on the 1991…

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Wuthering Heights (2011): the uncanny connection with nature

Wuthering Heights (2011): the uncanny connection with nature

Wuthering Heights (2011), directed by Andrea Arnold, is a moody, visceral, atmospheric cinematic version of the story featuring the natural…

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High Life (2018) – a disturbing, mesmerising voyage

High Life (2018) – a disturbing, mesmerising voyage

High Life (2018) is a hypnotising, mostly slow-paced, eerie sci-fi film directed by Claire Denis, French director associated with art…

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Belladonna of Sadness (1973): an unsettling, luridly nightmarish Japanese animated art film

Belladonna of Sadness (1973): an unsettling, luridly nightmarish Japanese animated art film

Belladonna of Sadness (1973), dir. Eiichi Yamamoto, is an unsettling hallucinatory Japanese animated film made up of Expressionistic and Symbolist…

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