Black Christmas: The Godfather of Slasher Genre

|Finn Odum| John Carpenter’s Halloween is a cornerstone of the slasher genre. It’s one of the most influential and well known horror franchises, inspiring countless sequels and knock-offs. It’s everywhere in horror culture: The hockey-mask wearing Jason of Friday the 13th is based on Michael Meyers. Halloween appears in Wes...

Santa Slays: Tracing the History of Christmas Horror

|Finn Odum| See Finn Odum’s post on Silent Night, Deadly Night here.

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

|Finn Odum| Santa Claus is an American Christmas staple. As soon as Halloween passes, department stores pull out red and green decorations and radio stations start playing Christmas carols. TV networks air every Christmas movie imaginable, including a wide variety of Santa Claus origin stories and adventures. To the dismay...
Black Christmas: The Godfather of Slasher Genre

Black Christmas: The Godfather of Slasher Genre

|Finn Odum| John Carpenter’s Halloween is a cornerstone of the slasher genre. It’s one of the most influential and well known horror franchises, inspiring countless sequels and knock-offs. It’s everywhere in horror culture: The hockey-mask wearing Jason of Friday the 13th is based on Michael Meyers. Halloween appears in Wes...
Santa Slays: Tracing the History of Christmas Horror

Santa Slays: Tracing the History of Christmas Horror

|Finn Odum| See Finn Odum’s post on Silent Night, Deadly Night here.
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

|Finn Odum| Santa Claus is an American Christmas staple. As soon as Halloween passes, department stores pull out red and green decorations and radio stations start playing Christmas carols. TV networks air every Christmas movie imaginable, including a wide variety of Santa Claus origin stories and adventures. To the dismay...
BUFFALO ‘66: Desperate times call for magical style

BUFFALO ‘66: Desperate times call for magical style

|Ann Romine| Five minutes into Buffalo ‘66, Billy Brown needs to find a bathroom. To remedy this situation, he decides to return to the prison from which he was just released, a move that immediately characterizes the film’s protagonist as a lost soul.  On a winter day in Buffalo, New...
Why Charles Burnett Turned His Back On Blaxploitation: An Interview with the Filmmaker

Why Charles Burnett Turned His Back On Blaxploitation: An Interview with the Filmmaker

|Todd Melby| Working freelance doesn’t pay much, but it does afford one time. A couple of years ago, I used my ample time to create a film podcast. I titled it The Drunk Projectionist. The name sounds cool, but when it comes to movies, I’m quite sober. My movie pod hustle...
“It’s Lonely Being a Cannibal” – RAVENOUS is a Forgotten Gem

“It’s Lonely Being a Cannibal” – RAVENOUS is a Forgotten Gem

|Betsy Midnight| Flash yourself back to 1999: the shiny Clinton years had fully dissolved into scandal, boy bands couldn’t be stopped, The Matrix came out, and everyone started wearing pleather trench coats with their platform flip-flops. Into this kooky transitional period in American culture, Ravenous––a surprisingly artsy, horror Western––poofed into...
A Geographer’s Guide to the Hills

A Geographer’s Guide to the Hills

|Finn Odum| Movies are nothing without their environments. A location can dictate a film’s context, its characters’ values, and the movie’s tone. As a geographer, I’m trained to see the world in terms of place. I ask questions such as, how do people come together and interact in this space?...
Halloweenish: A Trylon Cinema Crossword Puzzle

Halloweenish: A Trylon Cinema Crossword Puzzle

|Celia Mattison| A .pdf of the puzzle is available here for easy printing. If you’re looking for answers, you can find them here. Edited by Shivaun Watchorn Check out our October lineup of “Halloweenish” films on the Trylon’s website.
Get Ready for BRAIN DAMAGE

Get Ready for BRAIN DAMAGE

|Betsy Midnight| In a memorable Brain Damage scene, a junkyard security guard, quietly and unseen, observes a nice young man in ecstasy, so transported by the mind-blowing, euphoria-inducing spectacle of a dirty pile of smashed-up cars that he can’t help but proclaim his rapture to the stars. The look on...
“Werewolves Killed My Platoon”: Neil Marshall’s DOG SOLDIERS

“Werewolves Killed My Platoon”: Neil Marshall’s DOG SOLDIERS

|Justin Midnight| After a director like Neil Marshall releases a critically beleaguered and problematic film like 2019’s Hellboy, he becomes a kind of pop culture punchline for a time. Of course, this is often a consequence in the game of putting yourself out there, but the wealth of negative attention...
A 10th Anniversary Reminiscence

A 10th Anniversary Reminiscence

|John Moret| From the moment I first walked into the Trylon nearly 10 years ago, I was enamored with it. It screamed a love of movies more than anything else. At the time I was working for a corporate movie theater chain, and the Trylon was refreshing in every way....
Lina, Giancarlo, and Mariangela: Amore Pazzo

Lina, Giancarlo, and Mariangela: Amore Pazzo

|Matt Levine| Bogey and Bacall. Tracy and Hepburn. Loren and Mastroianni. Giannini and Melato? As far as fabled onscreen couples go, the two leads who costarred in a number of Lina Wertmüller’s films in the 1970s – including three playing at the Trylon, The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and...