Hereditary Director Ari Aster on Taking Family Tragedy and Curdling It Into a Nightmare

Last week, I met Ari Aster, the writer and director of the horror film Hereditary, in the A24 office. For about 20 minutes, we talked about genre (he originally shopped Hereditary as a “family tragedy that curdles into a nightmare”), subverting expectations (undoubtedly a reason the film has proved so divisive), the…

The Weinstein Horror Movie No One Wants Is Coming, for You Can Never Overestimate Standards 

You may be thinking, who on hell or earth would finance or produce–oooohhh, the producer is French. Yes, “master of the erotic thriller” Brian De Palma–whose directing credits include Carrie and Scarface and whose writing credits include Body Double and Femme Fatale–has announced that he is “talking with a French…

Revenge Director Coralie Fargeat on Playing With Film Clichés and the Artistic Power of Blood

“Women always have to put up a fucking fight,” Revenge’s main villain, a chiseled, wealthy businessman, at one point spits at the movie’s heroine Jen while the two are locked in a violent duel. French director Coralie Fargeat’s new movie, released May 11, is the story of one blood-drenched, bullet-drilled, goretastic…

Trump's Wildly Unqualified Judicial Nominee Is Also a Ghost-Hunting Horror Author and Really Bad Blogger

In a fitting symbol of the times in which we live, Brett Talley, a 36-year-old lawyer, has been nominated by the Trump administration to a lifetime position as a federal judge, despite having never tried a case and being unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association. This week, many of us learned…