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I called it ‘post-horror’ – and now I’ve created a monster
When I coined the term ‘post-horror’, gore fans showered me with abuse. Now it has been adopted by a festival celebrating the films that pushed the boundaries of cinematic terror

Steve Rose

02, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘I’ve always been drawn to loners’: Ann Dowd on Aunt Lydia, Mass and playing it mean
From The Handmaid’s Tale to Hereditary, the 65-year-old actor owns malevolence. She talks about her Oscar-tipped role as a school-shooter’s mother in Mass – and why men are more vulnerable than women

Benjamin Lee in New York

26, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Midsommar: what the hell just happened? Discuss with spoilers
A ‘Wizard of Oz for perverts’, exposing the rotten heart of Western civilisation, or just a bad trip? Ari Aster’s bewildering horror leaves us repairing our frayed nerves

Steve Rose

08, Jul, 2019 @1:23 PM

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Are horror's audience-baiting puzzles detracting from the plot?
Brightburn and Midsommar leave clues for fans to follow, but is it down a rabbit hole?

Steve Rose

17, Jun, 2019 @8:00 AM

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No such thing as bad publicity: five ways to win an Oscar in 2019
The endless party-going and hoop-jumping tactics involved in Academy success

Steve Rose

16, Feb, 2019 @10:00 AM

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My Oscar goes to... Our film critics reveal their personal shortlists
Ahead of the official Academy nominations, the Observer’s critics pick their own winners

Mark Kermode, Wendy Ide, Simran Hans and Guy Lodge

20, Jan, 2019 @9:00 AM

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2018: the year in pop culture
Featuring Cardi B, Sting and Shaggy, Sharp Objects, Teddy from Atlanta, bad sex, Hereditary, Black Panther’s influence, and... dogs

Issy Sampson, Steve Rose, Fiona Sturges, Ellen E Jones, Michael Cragg, Gavin Haynes and Rebecca Nicholson

22, Dec, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Mutant bears, flying heads and chainsaw duels: the best movie moments of 2018
Guardian writers pick their favourite bits of cinema from the year all the way from a vomiting Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince to a terrifying accident in Hereditary

Jordan Hoffman, Jake Nevins, Zach Vasquez, Pamela Hutchinson, Steve Rose, Benjamin Lee, Catherine Shoard, Amy Nicholson, Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Pulver, Peter Bradshaw, Charles Bramesco, Wendy Ide and Guy Lodge

14, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 10 – Hereditary
Increasing the sense of impending horror to almost unbearable intensity, Ari Aster’s terrifying debut caused convulsions – without a jump-scare in sight

Peter Bradshaw

10, Dec, 2018 @5:59 AM

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The 50 best movies of 2018 in the US: the full list
A heartfelt Mexican drama leads our critics’ pick of the top films released in America this year – adding to tales about off-grid survival, toxic relationships, confused schoolkids and game-changing superheroes

04, Dec, 2018 @12:00 PM

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The Rider is surprise winner at the Gotham awards
Chloé Zhao’s rodeo drama bucks critically lauded contenders Roma and The Favourite at first significant event of awards season

Andrew Pulver

27, Nov, 2018 @12:05 PM

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The horror? How Suspiria leads the way for arthouse scares
In Luca Guadagnino’s lavish remake of the giallo classic, genre formula is upended for something far more audacious. It’s the latest ‘art-horror’ to confuse audiences

Guy Lodge

24, Oct, 2018 @8:00 AM

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