Though he's of course sculpted icons of fright like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, it is Crawford's figures of less appreciated villains that really make his work special.
The ultra-violent films of the New French Extremity are a bit of an acquired taste, but with a little exposure to this subcategory of filmmaking, the features contained within are very enjoyable; they take no prisoners and definitely make a statement.
If love is indeed in any way how Hallmark would have us believe, then you can understand the pessimism that some of us harbour. Teddy bears,rainbows and awkwardly 'charming' romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant intravenously injecting sickly sweet schmaltz into the eyeballs? Fortunately, those of you who reading this right now know too well that cinematic romance can be much more interesting.
Many horror films rely on a twist ending to sell the film and surprise viewing audiences. Sometimes twist endings work and sometimes they fall flat. Either way, twist endings are a staple of slaughter cinema.
If you're a horror fan, then you're either in one of two camps. You've either seen Bill Lustig's 1980 seminal "slasher" cult classic Maniac, or you haven't. And if you have, no doubt it's because of the legendary reputation the film has garnered over the years...