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Arthouse of Horrors: The Scariest Movies on The Criterion Channel

The Criterion Channel made its anxiously-awaited debut this month. The new streaming service offers films from Criterion’s extensive library of classic, arthouse and cult cinema, fantastically restored and – in many cases – presented with extensive and illuminating special features. Criterion may be best known for their prestigious releases of French New Wave and Italian Neorealist movies, but don’t let that fool you. They’ve got a weird streak a mile long, and The Criterion Channel is chockablock with horror films and other off-putting oddities that are practically too strange to quantify. We can only scratch the surface today, but let’s take a look at some of the scariest movies on The Criterion Channel!

Sisters (1973)
Brian De Palma’s first Hitchcockian thriller, of many, is still deliriously disturbing. Sisters stars Margot Kidder as a model whose identical twin sister murders her boyfriend, attracting the attention of a reporter, played by Jennifer Salt, who lives across the hall and is determined to prove them guilty. Halfway between giallo and old-fashioned Hollywood murder mystery, Sisters takes one demented turn after another, weaving a stylish and unpredictable web of psychological terror and cinematic showmanship.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Richard Donner’s Superman Remains a Superhero Classic

It’s the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking film, so let’s take a look at what made it so iconic. Read More here

Forty years on from Superman: The Movie, I still believe a man can fly

Christopher Reeve’s 1978 blockbuster got my head in a spin – and was the catalyst for today’s monolithic Marvel films. Read More here

Why ‘Superman’ Is So Hard to Leave in the Past

Forty years ago, Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve made a superhero film that directors have been chasing for years, depicting who America was then – or at least who we wished to be. Read More here

The Low-Budget Canadian Film That Inspired ‘Halloween’ and Launched an Entire Horror Genre

Stop me if you’ve heard this slasher setup before: There’s a large, creepy house with many dark shadows, perfect for jump scares and surprise attacks. The cast is mainly young, attractive women who are hunted by a crazed killer during the holiday season. And the killer himself is more metaphor than man, an unstoppable, unexplainable personification of masculine id with a singular purpose: to kill all the pretty women. Read More here