Volume 1, Issue 9 / November 1997

Halloween Special

In this issue

Offscreen celebrates the night when things go “bump” in the night, children dress up as their favorite ghouls, and adults hide behind their living room curtains: Halloween. For the special occasion Offscreen presents a special double-length issue with Halloween horror movie lists and a mixed bag of horror film reviews.

1) Killer Condom
- 25-10-97
Germany has a rich tradition of serial killer films, going back to Fritz Lang’s classic M (1931), but not much will prepare you for serial killer condoms!

2) The Prophecy (God’s Army)
- 25-10-97
Every now and then a horror film comes out that reaffirms one’s tenuous faith in the Hollywood “major” Independent studios. The Prophecy is one such film.

3) Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
- 25-10-97
This is by far the best Freddie film since the original in 1984. Only a fresh comparison between them would decide which of the two is better.

4) The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb
- 25-10-97
« a quietly dark, sinister reworking of The Island of Dr. Moreau and various children’s tales (Tom Thumb, Jack the Giant Killer)»

5) Freaked
Donato Totaro , – 25-10-97
Freaked is an offbeat, somewhat juvenile contemporary rehash of Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton, 1932) and Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932).

6) In the Mouth of Madness
Donato Totaro , – 25-10-97

Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness, though not based on any specific work of H.P. Lovecraft, is one of the most Lovecraftian films ever made. It makes a nice companion piece to fellow horror-auteurist Wes Craven’s New Nightmare as films that explor

7) Halloween Horror Movie Lists
Donato Totaro , – 25-10-97
French translation of Horror Film Movie list, originally written as part of a Halloween special.

8) The Untold Story: Bun Man
Donato Totaro , – 25-10-97
The Untold Story: Bun Man is a cracker of a serial killer film, Hong Kong style. Which means it is laced with shards of black humour and snippets of juvenile comedy (stuff in the cop station).

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