The Poseur’s Guide to Horror Films, Part Two

Part two of the Poseur’s Guide to Horror Films takes us from Val Lewton to the impact of the transformation from foreign and uncanny monsters to psychos who look like the guy in the mirror.

From Grendel to Zombie: Monsters as Descendants of Cain

Grendel. The Green Knight. Count Dracula. The nameless homogenized members of zombie hordes. These are all members of a family tree capable of tracing their origin back to an unusually precise abstract element of human nature. These are monsters whose very existence challenge preconceived notion of what it means to be human by suggesting that what it means to be monstrous is to be nothing more or less than abomination of the one inviolate code capable of ensuring the propagation of the species.

How Gus Van Sant’s Literal Remake of ‘Psycho’ Improves Upon Hitchcock’s Classic

Almost everyone familiar with Hollywood already knows the secrets of “Psycho” going in, but that was not the case when it was first released. Psycho” prefigures the contemporary dominance of literary irony as the tone of choice for the overwhelming majority of films made today. This foreknowledge of what to expect allowed Van Sant to remake “Psycho” almost exactly as Hitchcock did but defy contemporary conventions by eliminating the irony and creating a film that is actually rather radical in its emotional sincerity.

Identifying Common Problems with Toilets and How to Repair Them

The problem of a toilet that makes a gurgling sound can be approached by checking the stopper ball and making sure it is centered on the valve seat inside the tank. You may need to loosen the screw on the guide of the lift wire and manipulate a little bit. Once this is accomplished, tighten the screw. If this doesn’t fix the gurgling toilet, take a close look at the valve seat and touch it to see if there are signs of pits, corrosion and roughness.