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.

Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch, 1946)

“Ernst Lubitsch’s final finished film is a deceptively lighthearted exploration of class and gender issues in Britain on the brink of World War II.” I review the AV quality and bonus materials on Criterion’s recent release over at Slant Magazine.

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An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)

“John Landis’s landmark horror-comedy gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment, with a colorful new transfer, as well as a pack of new bonus materials.” Read my entire review of this new title over at Slant Magazine.

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The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968)

“Terence Fisher’s standout Hammer Films horror title gets a sterling Blu-ray transfer and a satisfyingly comprehensive slate of bonus features.” Read my review of the AV quality and extras for this release over at Slant Magazine.

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The 50 Greatest Horror Movies of the 21st Century

Here’s a revised and updated version of this list, to which I contributed 5 capsule reviews as well as the introduction.

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The 20 Best Zombie Movies of All Time

I contributed 7 capsule reviews to this list at Slant Magazine.

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And Soon the Darkness (Robert Fuest, 1970)

“Robert Fuest’s And Soon the Darkness is a taut, precision-crafted Hitchcockian thriller, drawing particular inspiration from one of the master of suspense’s most famous sequences: the crop-duster scene in North by Northwest. Like that now-classic set piece, Fuest’s film builds an escalating sense … Continue reading

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WHO SAW HER DIE? (Aldo Lado, 1972)

“The early 1970s brought us two thrillers with all of the following elements: an estranged couple mourning the tragic death of a daughter; a grief-stricken sex scene crosscut with glimpses of its doleful aftermath; a series of murders occurring against … Continue reading

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