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RAISED IN FEAR: Who Can Kill a Child?

Who Can Kill a Child (1976) is a relatively obscure Spanish horror film directed by Narcisco Ibanez Serrador, but it should be much better known, and not only by people like me, sick of having to pretend to be awed by how wonderful children are.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • May 28, 2013 11:11 AM
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Raised in Fear: The Superdynamational Horrors of Ray Harryhausen

You never forget the first time you fall in love, especially in the movies. My moment came when I was eight years old, at a Saturday matinee in a cramped multiplex theater. Setting my sights high, the object of my adoration was Kali, Hindu goddess of Time, Change, and Death, brought to life by the magical powers of Ray Harryhausen
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • May 10, 2013 8:40 AM
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Raised in Fear: The Self-Help Horror of Todd Haynes’ SAFE

For all its originality, "Safe"'s narrative owes much to the made-for-TV movies that once permeated the airwaves, films like "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," "The Best Little Girl in the World," and "Brian’s Song" that have been called “disease-of-the-week” movies for their morbid fascination with newsworthy illnesses.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 16, 2013 8:35 AM
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Raised in Fear: POLTERGEIST and the Culture of Forgetting

Poltergeist is a film about the repressed traumas and anxieties underlying the American dream.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 4, 2013 12:14 PM
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The Bleak Spaces and Blank Faces of FARGO

When Fargo was released, I felt that my home state of Minnesota had finally been given its "Oresteia," its "Njal's Saga," its "Double Indemnity." Over the ensuing years, however, the popular image created by the Coen Brothers' regional epic has been a questionable inheritance.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • March 28, 2013 8:35 AM
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The Grimm Possibilities of MAMA

Though "Mama" does not ultimately succeed as a film, it does offer a set of rich possibilities for the creation of a modern fairy tale, one that, like those told once upon a time, faces the horrors of everyday life head on, also recognizing the power of fantasy to make imaginative sense of those horrors.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • January 21, 2013 8:30 AM
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Raised in Fear: Horror Films as Schoolyard Lore

All I really need to know about fear I learned in elementary school.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • January 17, 2013 8:55 AM
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Raised in Fear: The Shining as R-Rated Christmas Ghost Story

Stanley Kubrick’s "The Shining" is not generally considered a family picture, but it is certainly one of the most brutally honest films ever made about the nature of family relationships. I discovered this when seeing the film for the first time with my father when I was fourteen.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • December 20, 2012 8:31 AM
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Raised in Fear: Obsolete Technology, Retro-Futurism, Ultra-Violence, and Stanley Kubrick

I have always been drawn to visions of the future, but little did I know what brutal images were held on the Beta videocassette of Stanley Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" I rented at the tender age of ten.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • December 11, 2012 8:34 AM
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Screaming Hides the Sound: John Carpenter’s Death Disco

The year after John Carpenter’s "Halloween" left its indelible mark on future developments in film and music, a stadium full of baseball fans would vent their misdirected hatred on a pile of disco records. If this was 1979’s version of 1969’s Altamont, clearly Marx was right when he said that history repeated itself as farce.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • November 9, 2012 8:30 AM
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