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Killer Smiles and Satanic Wiles: Mr. Sardonicus and The Brotherhood of Satan

“Mr. Sardonicus is one of Castle’s most effective films. As a director, he proves he has some real chops, steadily and expertly building tension until the terrifically effective reveal of Sardonicus’s hideous visage. The Brotherhood of Satan, on the other … Continue reading

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“If They Move, Kill ‘Em!”: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

Preeminent among the Revisionist Westerns, The Wild Bunch also stands as an exemplar of the Twilight Western, elegiac films that explored the “closing of the frontier” theme, Sam Peckinpah‘s own The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1971) being another prime example. … Continue reading

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“Nobody Loses All the Time”: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)

True, taken all for all, Alfredo Garcia may not be Peckinpah’s best work–that right’s reserved for the technical, thematic and generic revolution that was The Wild Bunch (1969)–but without a doubt it has to be considered a masterwork, as well … Continue reading

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