Michael G. Petersen
If you take the time to walk to and from class, or if you’re just wandering around on campus, then you might have come across the tag line written in white chalk, “Have you seen Ypsi the Klown?” For over a month this unknown entity has populated social media sites with his random appearances, cryptic messages and taking the time to pose for a photo with local fans.
“Child’s Play” (1988) Directed By Tom Holland Starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent and Brad Dourif On a cold rainy night in the city of Chicago, Illinois Charles Lee Ray (Dourif), the notorious Lakeshore Strangler, is being pursued by detective Mike Norris (Sarandon) after a simple robbery has gone awry.
“Living in Oblivion” is the ultimate tribute to anyone who works on the independent film circuit. It captures the dedication and hardships anyone can go through during the production of a motion picture.
Riveting, brilliant, bold, daring and a masterful exercise in the art of suspense are a few words that describe Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece, “Rear Window.” Already within the top contenders for the 100 greatest movies of all time, Hitchcock redefines suspense and puts us in a voyeur’s shoes as we descend into a secret world of drama, lost romance and murder.
“Django! Django, have you always been alone? Django, have you never loved again?” Marching across East Texas, chained to several other slaves, a melancholy figure drags forth through the dust and grime of the scorching desert. On his way to his new owner’s estate led by the Speck brothers, the figure pushes forward while being pursued by an unknown being. He is a lone soul carrying a long, pale, bleak expression on his face. His name is Django (Foxx), and he’s an African-American slave caught in the middle of a slave tradition set in the year 1858, just three years before the Civil War.
Temptation is one of the seven deadly sins; it intoxicates our society and clouds the hearts and minds of one’s judgment, causing mixed emotions when it comes to making a simple choice. The Man (Brein) falls into the arms of another woman (Livingston), who gives him the idea to leave his life and wife behind in F.W. Murnau’s classic tale of betrayal and redemption.
From writer, director and editor Lee Harry comes the next installment to the cult slasher franchise, “Silent Night, Deadly Night” with part two. Shot on a budget of just under $300,000 and somewhat incorporating new material based on the original film’s storyline, the film picks up years after the death of Billy Caldwell (Robert Brian Wilson) who was the poor helpless soul who snapped after witnessing his parents being brutally murdered by a violent criminal in a Santa suit.
From acclaimed author Steven King and legendry independent filmmaker George A. Romero comes the second installment to their classic horror anthology with “Creepshow 2.” Divided into three separated stories that are centered on a young teenage boy who picked up the latest issue of the popular comic, the film itself is considered a living breathing comic book that captures all the conventions, spirits and nature of a typical night at the movies for those who enjoy the horror genre.
On a cold night in the winter of 1974, a group of sorority sisters are having their annual Christmas party before most of them go home for the holidays. But what they don’t know is that lurking in the shadows is a stranger who has something else in mind: Cold-blooded murder. When one of the girls disappears without a trace and the group keeps receiving cryptic and obscene phone calls, the relaxing holiday season turns into a twisted nightmare that unsettles the nerves and makes one wonder; if they’re not safe in their own house, then where are they safe?
“The New York Ripper” (1982) Directed By Lucio Fulci Starring Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, Alexandra Delli Colli and Paolo Malco Hiding within the shadows of the Big Apple, he watches with a deep hungering lust for the young and the beautiful.