The Village, Part III: Love, murder and monsters

Whispered echoes, nightmare logic, high melodrama, relentlessly ingenious staging – this visual analysis of M. Night Shyamalan’s pastoral masterpiece preserves the film’s own gestures, often rearranged in surprising combinations.

The Village, Part II: A tapestry of characters

After a general evaluation of this M. Night Shyamalan tour de force, the large cast of characters and their relationships are examined, with a special emphasis on subtext and how it is expressed through mise-en-scène.

The Village, Part I: Motifs and story arc

Before The Visit came M. Night Shyamalan’s early masterpiece The Village (2004). Mismarketed and misunderstood as a horror movie, it has gained a following as a mood piece of pastoral beauty, intense emotion and stylised lyricism.

It Follows, part 1: Evil threatens Suburbia

David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows inspires awe far outside the ranks of horror film aficionados. This first entry in a series of three articles looks at 10 possible ways into the film, trying to put into words and pictures what makes the film so special.

It Follows, part 2: Nightmare in red

David Robert Mitchell offers an intelligent and deeply deliberate use of motifs. We reveal how sleep, water and the colour red create an “invisible”, parallel trajectory to the surface story of It Follows.