The Revenant Review is a place for me to share reviews, analyses, and anything else I find interesting pertaining to the movie macabre.
I try to approach a movie firstly as a work of art, and secondly as a cultural artifact, seeing the film as a product of its time and, when possible, seeking to find what it says about contemporary fears. I research and read what I can, and this blog will in many ways serve as a record of my evolving understandings of cinematic language and theory, the psychological and philosophical underpinnings of fear, and the historical developments of the horror genre. This blog, like me, is a continual work in progress. Ultimately, I am simply a fan trying to contribute to the conversation, indulging in my favorite genre and trying to satisfy the compulsion to write when time allows.
Because I believe no criticism is completely objective, it’s only fair that I let readers know a little bit about myself. I am an educator living in New England and, in addition to being a horror cinema nerd, one can easily get me geeking out about history, archaeology, philosophy, books, craft beer, board games and Star Trek. If money were not an issue, I would spend my life traveling the globe with my family. Regular readers of my blog will no doubt learn more about me over time.
Some of my favorite horror films include, but are not limited to: Häxan (1922), The Man Who Laughs (1928), Frankenstein (1931), The Exorcist (1973), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), The Shining (1980), The Thing (1982), Poltergeist (1982), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Orphanage (2007), Let the Right One In (2008), Trick ‘r Treat (2008), Insidious (2010), and Cabin in the Woods (2011).