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.

Isadora (Karel Reisz, 1968)

“Making its Blu-ray debut with this Kino Lorber release, Karel Reisz’s exceptional biopic cleverly avoids most of the pitfalls of the genre.” Read the entirety of my reviewover at Slant Magazine.

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Murder by Decree (Bob Clark, 1979)

“New to Blu-ray, Bob Clark’s atmospheric marrying of fact and fiction still resonates with its themes of political corruption and abuse of power.” Read the rest of my review over at Slant Magazine.

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Let’s Kill Uncle (William Castle, 1966)

“Making its debut on Blu-ray, William Castle’s film is a genuinely amusing jet-black comedy of (ill) manners disguised as an adventure yarn for young adults.” Read the rest of my review over at Slant Magazine.

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Brighton Rock (John Boulting, 1949)

“The film succeeds admirably both as a crackerjack crime thriller and as a moral exposé of human evil.” Read my entire review of Kino’s new Blu-ray disc over at Slant Magazine.

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The Cremator (Juraj Herz, 1969)

“Mixing up moods and genres with delirious abandon, Juraj Herz’s incendiary The Cremator shines a light on one man’s ruthless quest for power.” Read my entire review over at Slant Magazine.

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The Golem (Paul Wegener, 1920)

“This German expressionist masterpiece stomps its way onto Blu-ray with an astonishing 4K transfer and several choice bonus features.” Read my entire review over at Slant Magazine.

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Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969)

“Jean-Pierre Melville’s somber saga of the French Resistance gets a satisfyingly tweaked restoration from the Criterion Collection.” In which I review the new HD transfer and technical specs over at Slant Magazine.

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Beyond the Door (Ovidio G. Assonitis, 1974)

“Stick a straw in that Campbell’s soup can and settle in for the bonkers Beyond the Door.” Read my full review over at Slant Magazine.

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Cannibal Apocalypse (Antonio Margheriti, 1980)

“Cannibal Apocalypse suggests that war isn’t just hell, it’s also contagious.” Read my full review over at Slant Magazine.

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Kansas City (Robert Altman, 1996)

“A criminally underrated late-period Altman film gets a burnished Blu-ray upgrade and a full slate of fine extras.” Read my review of Arrow’s new release over at Slant Magazine.

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