Posts Tagged ‘Brian De Palma’


September; it hails that most dreaded thing of children across the land. Yes, its back to school time.

School can be something of a real trauma for some kids, especially if you’re Carrie White, who not only has to contend with her psycho Christian mother, but also fellow students so unpleasant they are actually willing to kill a pig just to pull a prank on her.

In these month’s Twelve Months Of Terror we look at the 1976 classic Carrie and give it a thorough examining. Louise Boyd and myself, RJ Bayley, examine the religious imagery of the film (and whether there is some element of witchcraft to Carrie), on the nose audio cues, the pun logic of conspiracy theories, whether horror has to necessarily be scary, and just what is are the hair dynamics of the film.


gangster_squad_quad-cast2-610x280Trailers for Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad have certainly miss-sold the movie, likening it to Brian De Palma‘s poignant yet exhilarating The UntouchablesIts nothing like a gangster film that master would be part of. No, its quite the opposite. This is something a master like James Cagney would be part of.

The clue is in the name. This is very much a film which revels in bringing to life a type of movie which has been sadly long absent from our screens; the old fashioned gangster yarn, reminiscent of of White Heat, The Public Enemy and the fantastic The Roaring Twenties.

The scene is well set with police sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) ignoring his criminal-wary partner’s advice and storming a whore house where a young woman has just been taken. The sequence sums up the film’s black and white crunch, good men realizing it might take knocking criminal’s teeth out to protect the law, whether they like it or not. And that a small force might have to take and give a beating to ensure what’s right happens.