The Complete Halloween Guide to the Horror Film


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Halloween is upon us. The eve of All Hallows’ Day. The sky is overcast. The leaves, adorned with burnt autumnal hues, fall from the trees. The neighborhoods are strewn with pumpkins, skeletons, and plastic graves. Soon the children will scour the streets. In our mass-market post-modern world kids only issues idle threats. Trick or Treat once a literal threat. No more.

It is no longer Samhain, Halloween’s Celtic precursor that marked the end of the harvest. Pre- Tenth Century, the Celts believed that Samhain was a liminal time – a time when our world and the Otherworld merged. The spirits of the dead were among us. To survive the winter we would have to please them. In the days of Samhain, fear was the key to survival.

Today, fear is escape. Horror is a sensation genre. It is not purely intellectual. The viewer has a visceral reaction. The hairs stand on the back of his neck, his date gropes for his hand. Horror toys with our most primitive coping mechanisms – our survival instinct and our id.

By David Sporn Entertainment & Arts Contributor

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Ingmar Bergmans ‘Persona’ | Cadre Cinematique


(Image Credit: “Persona,” Ingmar Berman, AB Svenk Filmindustri, 1966.

)Filmmaker David Sporn’ CadreCinematique explores classic, esoteric, and just plain entertaining films. Nothing is off limits. Sometimes the column will be about a specific filmmaker or artist. Sometimes it will not specifically be about film at all, focusing on politics, literature, or philosophy that has influenced cinematic form.  Film is a pretty big subject. Douglas Adam’s wrote in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Space is big. Really Big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts compared to space.” So it is with film. Welcome to the wild and woolly world of cinema. Let’s dive right in.

By David Sporn Entertainment & Arts Contributor

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With A Little Help From My Friends


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Filmmaker David Sporn. (Image Credit: David Sporn)

For today’s special Tuesday edition of Sunday Brunch, TGNR interviews musician, Beatles historian, and co-founder of the ensemble SUNS OF WALRUS: Celebrating All Things Beatle And British, Philip A. DiCostanzo. Philip shares his experience playing the benefit concert on November 21st, 2015 held in honor of the late Don, Ledell, and Katherine Mulvaney, as well as his late wife, Maureen DiCostanzo. Philip also tells the very special story about an incredible and unexpected gift of film, as TGNR debuts filmmaker David Sporn’s concert film of that unforgettable evening.

By Paul K .DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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TGNR At The International Beauty Show

On March 6th, 2016, TGNR correspondent Philip A. DiCostanzo and filmmaker David Sporn covered the International Beauty Show at New York City’s own Jacob Javits Center. Learn about what the current hairdressing, spa, and fashion trends are from those who set them; as TGNR explores the-up-and-coming in one of the worlds most fast paced and ever evolving industries.