0.5/4, 1970s, Horror, Review, Wes Craven

Stranger in Our House (or, Summer of Fear)

Wes Craven moved from New York to Los Angeles and got offered this made for television movie project starring Linda Blair based on some minor novel by Lois Duncan. Working with a real crew and real equipment, Craven made the first film in his limited body of work that feels distinctly cinematic. It's also horribly… Continue reading Stranger in Our House (or, Summer of Fear)

1.5/4, 1970s, Exploitation, Review, Wes Craven

The Last House on the Left

Wes Craven came up to filmmaking through the thin line between exploitation and pornography, but he was approaching even his earliest efforts with an eye towards making them more than just splatter and T&A features. He wanted to say something. However, Craven, at this age, was either too young, too inexperienced, or simply working in… Continue reading The Last House on the Left

1970s, 3/4, Drama, Masaki Kobayashi, Review

The Fossil

#13 in my ranking of Masaki Kobayashi’s films. Originally made for Japanese television, The Fossil feels like Kobayashi leaving behind his anger at systems and confronting mortality, as does his main character. In a surprisingly close telling of a very similar tale to Kurosawa's Ikiru, Kobayashi confronts a life of workaholism that suddenly and definitively will… Continue reading The Fossil