Articles by Ernesto Zelaya

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Return to Elm St – A Freddy Krueger Retrospective!

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The Dream Demon

How a scarred child killer wearing a glove with razor fingers became an unlikely hero of the horror genre

One, Two, Freddy’s Coming For You

Anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s probably remembers nights when they were having trouble sleeping, waking up in a cold sweat and imagining that the shadow draped over the wall looked suspiciously like a tall man in a fedora and wearing a steel claw. This was the effect that Freddy Krueger had on many defenceless teens.

During the slasher movie boom of the 1980s, most screen killers followed the […]

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5 Mismatched Movie Fights

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Everyone loves a good fight, especially movie fights. When watching one-on-one throwdowns on film, you at least expect both combatants to be evenly matched, giving them a chance to show off their moves. Sometimes, however, logic takes a walk and you end up with some pretty bizarre face-offs, which wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for the fact that it is written into the script.

Here are five (and more) fight scenes, which, regardless of the end result, involve fighters so mismatched they’re pretty difficult to take seriously. This is only scratching the surface though – we still haven’t gotten to […]

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The Devourer of Movies: An Interview With Antonio Trashorras.

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Antonio Trashorras (Madrid, 1969) is a self-confessed film buff. But he’s not just your garden variety film fan who obsessively watches movies; instead, he’s someone who devours them whole and is always hungry for more. What people in Spain call a cinéfago.

With influences ranging from genre filmmakers like Mario Bava and John Carpenter, to more elite auteurs such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman, Trashorras is a true movie lover. One who regards horror directors with the same reverence he has for higher-minded, artistic filmmakers. This has served him well in a career as a film critic […]

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5 Spanish Directors You May Not Have Heard Of

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It’s become commonplace to claim that some of the best genre filmmaking nowadays comes from Asia. But the world is a big place, and there are many other places where one can go for a dose of thrills, chills, and spills. Spain is an excellent place to start.

One need look no further than Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), or the directing duo of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, who gave us one of the finest entries in the “found footage shaky cam” genre with Rec and its sequel; and of course, there’s Alex de La Iglesia, whose own particular […]

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Bong Joon-ho: Korean Cinema Will Never Be The Same Again!

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It’s no secret that some of the best genre filmmaking today comes from Asia; or more specifically, South Korea. A whole new crop of directors has shown an obvious affection for genres ranging from horror to westerns, as well as their ability to think outside set boundaries and deliver fresh spins on new conventions. Or to put it another way: they do things that your average mainstream Hollywood filmmaker wouldn’t dare touch with a pole.

Hollywood seems to have taken note: this year alone, three of Korea’s biggest names have made the jump to Tinseltown: Kimm Ji-Woon (I Saw […]

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Nuts and Bolts: Frankenstein On The Screen

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THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
In 1818, author Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, and whether she wanted to or not, gave the horror genre one of its most enduring icons: a monster, created by a mad scientist, misunderstood by society and questioning its own existence. It made the jump to movies even during the silent era, but its popularity really took off once Universal Studios got a hold of it, even if some people still don’t realize that “Frankenstein” is actually the mad doctor’s name and the monster doesn’t have one.

James Whale’s gothic horror Frankenstein is what […]

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