Thriller

The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Orion Pictures. 1991.

The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Orion Pictures. 1991. 150 150 Thomas Richardson

Alongside terrific and terrifying characters such as Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, there is another sinister dramatis persona evoked in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs – that of…

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2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968. 150 150 Callum Ratcliffe

Figure 1: Parody recreation of the ‘Dawn of Man’ sequence in The Simpsons S3 Ep8 (1991) dir. Carlos BaezaFigure 2: Animal Mother (pictured)Inscribing violence onto the body of animality and…

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The Platform (El Hoyo). Dir. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. Festival Films & Netflix. 2019

The Platform (El Hoyo). Dir. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. Festival Films & Netflix. 2019 150 150 Athena Solomon Berhane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNMhRiyraxE&ab_channel=WatchTheFrame%3F Of course, it is odd to gaze from social isolation into absolute claustrophobia while still in a lockdown: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s twisted dystopian Sci-Fi thriller El Hoyo (in international release…

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The Platform (El Hoyo). Dir. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. Festival Films & Netflix. 2019

The Platform (El Hoyo). Dir. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. Festival Films & Netflix. 2019 150 150 Athena Solomon Berhane

In the movie snails are a metaphor for human cruelty and cannibalism. In the twisted dystopian science fiction movie “The Platform,” inmates of a vertically piled up prison, with two…

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1922. Dir. Zak Hilditch. Netflix. 2017.

1922. Dir. Zak Hilditch. Netflix. 2017. 150 150 Tabitha Gent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E_fT0aTsjI Fig 1 – 1922 Trailer Fig 2 shows a portrait of the James’ Family. Zak Hilditch’s 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s 1922 follows the story of Wilfred James, a…

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A Cure for Wellness. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Regency Enterprises. (2016)

A Cure for Wellness. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Regency Enterprises. (2016) 150 150 Angeline Parker

Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness uses the symbolic imagery of eels in this psychological horror film. The scenes in which they feature are some of the most perturbed, which…

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The Shallows. Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra. Columbia Pictures. 2016.

The Shallows. Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra. Columbia Pictures. 2016. 150 150 Chelsea Dunbobbin

The Shallows uses the tale of Nancy (Blake Lively), a surfer alone and vulnerable in the picturesque coasts of Mexico only to be aggressively hunted by a great white shark…

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The Watchmen. Dir. Zach Snyder. Warner Bros. 2009.

The Watchmen. Dir. Zach Snyder. Warner Bros. 2009. 150 150 Coda Heap

What can dogs tell us about criminality? With regards to Zach Snyder’s Watchmen, the answer is ‘quite a lot.’ Dogs are used within the film to align the binaries of…

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The Thing. Dir. John Carpenter. Universal Pictures. 1982.

The Thing. Dir. John Carpenter. Universal Pictures. 1982. 150 150 Rae Ellis

Figure 2Figure 1 The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982) uses dogs as an emotional catalyst to evoke a heightened sympathetic response from its audience. The alien organism – adopting the exterior…

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Gone Girl. Dir. David Fincher. 20th Century Fox. 2014.

Gone Girl. Dir. David Fincher. 20th Century Fox. 2014. 150 150 Florence Tilley

https://youtu.be/QZsF7IRTgMQ On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne receives an unexpected phone call from his neighbour, who has spotted his indoor pet cat wandering outside the house.…

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