Film: The Exorcist: it's back and it's a scream

The horror that turned heads in '74 has been exhumed from movie hell. Chris Darke exorcises its troubled past, while Catherine Von Ruhland gives it her blessing

Video release reveals flaws in censorship

THE muddled thinking behind Britain's video censorship policy became evident last week as the authority responsible for granting certificates took up two contradictory stands.

Fan facts: Wes Craven

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CONSOLE REVIEW; Resident Evil II (Virgin) PlayStation

Video games have become very big business and, if anyone felt inclined to doubt this, Resident Evil II would quickly settle the matter, with worldwide sales reaching almost 3 million just six weeks after launch. Now, this might be a depressing indication that games are going the way of Hollywood blockbusters, were it not for the fact that Resident Evil II is not just good, but absolutely fantastic.

WIDE ANGLE: brimful of slasher

Most directors would say they were born to make movies, but the life-history of New Zealand film-maker Scott Reynolds seems more inevitable than most. "Both my parents worked at the Hollywood cinema in Auckland," he explains, "and they took me along with them when I was still a baby. One of my earliest memories is watching a double bill of The Incredible Shrinking Man and A Fistful of Dollars."

Film Reviews: Hopkins gets even scarier than Lecter

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Arts: Horror of horrors! It ain't over till the tall, dark and gruesome guy sings

It's 26 years now since Christopher Lee last made a horror film. But that won't stop Marianne Brace saying `fangs for the memory' to cinema's own Prince of Darkness.

Fan facts

Kevin Williamson, writer of I Know What You Did Last Summer

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New Films: The Big Picture - The mother of all monsters

Science-fiction or horror films are doomed never to be taken seriously enough, except by people who wear outsized wind-cheaters and talk to themselves a lot, but the first two alien movies were unusual in gaining serious respect. It may be that Alien Resurrection, the fourth in the series, is the first to truly challenge the codes of its chosen genre, rather than simply adhere to them. Nothing has changed in the construction, but there's something primal and unsettling at the heart of the movie that goes beyond simple frights.

Return of the living dead to a cinema near you

With 'Scream' raking it in at the box office, are we about to see another renaissance of the horror film? asks Tim Cornwell

Winnie Mandela: Victims' families accuse Winnie of killings, assault and abduction

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission says Ms Mandela is being questioned on 18 "issues". However, complaints from alleged victims' families and claims from former associates seeking amnesty are believed to implicate her in eight murders and 12 assaults and abductions.

Obituary: Jack May

Jack May, actor: born Henley-on-Thames 23 April 1922; married Petra Davies (one son, one daughter); died Hove 19 September 1997.

Letter: Not as scary as the real thing

My fangs are itching for the new glow-in-the-dark horror stamps, but I have my doubts about the Post Office's claim to have by-passed the movies and gone back to the authors ("Dracula puts a bloody stamp...", 11 May). The tramp-like Frankenstein's monster looks almost cuddly beside Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's hideous cadaver. .

What is it with Wes Craven and teenage girls?

There's a specific moment in the horror film Scream, when you just can't believe that it was written and directed by two middle-aged men and not a teenage girl. Unmasking as a psychopathic killer the nice boy she happily lost her virginity to only three reels earlier, Sidney (Neve Campbell) spits, "F*** you". "No," replies her grinning tormentor, "we already played that. You lost."
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