On Diabolique

GOGOL AND THE CHRISTMAS GOBLIN

The Devil used to have a lot more to do on Christmas Eve than he does these days, having been supplanted more or less in the Christmas time evil business by Black Friday stampedes.


A WORLD OF WICKER

Just as a Sigh Upon Their Desire

There was something about it that made it different. Something about her. Someone at a party with a sly look, catching your eye and beckoning you away to a more secluded spot.


THE SHADOW OF CARMILLA

From Le Fanu to Carl Dreyer

There is a moment in Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr, an unimportant throw-away couple of seconds, where the nominal hero of the story catches sight of a couple of shadows, shadows with no physical source, creeping across a field.


The Flipside

Machine Made Dirt: Beat Girl and the Birth of the British Teenager

A mass of hopped-up teenagers stampede onto a dance floor, jerking and gyrating to a driving, twangy guitar rock anthem. This is not the youth of Britain as audiences were used to seeing them.


History According to Lenzi

Lenzi and the Lady Pirate

Queen of the Seas is a colorful, light-hearted thriller about real-life pirate Mary Read, though as was the way with pretty much all “based on a true story” epics, it plays fast and loose with the facts.


Bollywood

The Old Dark Haveli

Gumnaam is an amalgamation of old-fashioned “old dark house” murder mysteries and pop-art modernism filtered through the lens of James Bond, Mario Bava, and Charade.