Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), & Phenomena (1985): Halloween as Phenomenally Active Fable

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Written by Michael R. Perry, Christopher Landon, and Tom Pabst Directed by Tod Williams Starring Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, and Katie Featherston     Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Written by Christopher Landon Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman Starring Lauren Bittner, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery, and Jessica … Continue reading

Screening Log #73: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard Directed by Drew Goddard Starring Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford       As my graduate classes are resuming again, I’ll be attempting to pare my screening log entries down even further in the interest of keeping up with the blog and … Continue reading

Prometheus (2012): The Logic of Faith and Other Weightless Mysteries

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba       The allure of the mystery is fueled by desire, by the impulse to fill a void: a desire for knowledge, for an answer, for completion. The mystery provokes by exploiting a … Continue reading

Screening Log #67: Inseminoid (1981)

Written by Nick Maley and Gloria Maley Directed by Norman J. Warren Starring Judy Geeson, Robin Clark, and Stephanie Beachem       From the very dawn of its self-awareness, humankind has been, on some basic and intrinsic level, entirely creeped out by the idea of reproduction. The notion that there can be an organism … Continue reading

Rosemary’s Baby (1968): The Devil and the Cathode Ray Tube

Written by Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Ira Levin Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, and Sidney Blackmer       There is a preciousness to the sanctity of one’s personal space that plays an important role in preserving a sense of stable selfhood. Regardless of the goings … Continue reading