Author Archives: Budd Wilkins

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.

Catch My Soul (Patrick McGoohan, 1973)

The early 1970s were awash in rock musicals of every stripe, offering audiences an amazing Technicolor dreamcoat of themes and tunes. Quite a few of them had manifestly religious underpinnings – like JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and GODSPELL (both filmed in … Continue reading

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The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (1963-1972)

“Arrow Video serves up a 14-course Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast in one of the most impressively packaged box sets in recent memory.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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The 50 Greatest Horror Films of the 21st Century

“Ever since audiences ran screaming from the premiere of Auguste and Louis Lumière’s 1895 short black-and-white silent documentary Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat, the histories of filmgoing and horror have been inextricably intertwined. Through the decades—and subsequent crazes … Continue reading

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Manhattan Baby (Lucio Fulci, 1982)

“Blue Underground delivers Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby with a gorgeous HD transfer, terrific new bonus features, and a CD of Fabio Frizzi’s glorious score.” Read the entire review at Slant Magazine.

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Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993)

“Robert Altman’s sprawling tragicomic testament to fate and infidelity gets an impressive 4K upgrade from the Criterion Collection.” Read the whole review on Slant Magazine.

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Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

“Criterion showcases Richard Linklater’s longitudinal masterwork with a gorgeous HD transfer and an entire second Blu-ray’s worth of supplements.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Riccardo Freda, 1964)

“An essential title for fans of Italian Gothic cinema, The Horrible Dr. Hichcock gets a reasonably good-looking, if barebones, Blu-ray release from Olive Films.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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