The Sinister Screen

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Ninth Gate, The (1999)

The tagline to this occult thriller is “The only thing more terrifying than searching for the Devil… is finding him.” Sounds tried and true and easy enough, but as with Polanski’s Satanic romp on...

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Nightmare Before Christmas, The (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas continues Tim Burton’s exploration of the outsider who thinks that he wants to be part of the world of the “normals” but then discovers through traumatic interaction that his nature...

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Metropolis (1927)

In one of the last films of the “silent movie” era and one of the last German Expressionist films, director Fritz Lang delivers a visually stunning film about a futuristic dystopian city whose society...

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Logan’s Run (1976)

Based on the sci-fi novel, “Logan’s Run” by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, we have a post-apocalyptic tale that takes place in the 23rd century, after the world is destroyed by overpopulation...

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Island of Dr. Moreau, The (1977)

An Englishman named ‘Montgomery’ is stranded with a lost companion on a deserted tropical island where he is rescued by Dr. Moreau, a genius in genetics, pursuing altruistic medical miracles to alleviate mankind from...

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I’m From Hollywood (1989)

In I’m from Hollywood, SEE! Andy Kaufman invert the performer/audience dynamic. GASP! as he provokes the crowd with the most offensive generalities you’ve ever heard shouted from a television star. LAUGH! as the southern...

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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

The wondrous world of Harry Potter opens up through the enchanted pages of J.K. Rowling’s books, as veritable grimoires masked in fictional caricatures, but demonstrating subtle magical principles. The books come to life in...

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Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter returns to Hogwart’s for his second year in Magical-Scholastic training. And now he is pretty well settled to begin afresh on a new adventure. He is sprung from his room, away from...

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Fantasia (1940)

If all this film had done was introduce Joe Average to the joys of classical, and classically Satanic, music, it would have been enough. But the beauty and delight of this masterpiece of animation,...

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Evilspeak (1981)

Stanley Coopersmith (Clint Howard) is an orphaned, stereotypical nerd taken in by the West Andover Military Academy as part of a welfare program. As a teenager, he is an outcast that endures the daily...