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Your front page story in the 2/9 edition (“It Came From Within”), covering the angst of horror-movie buff Lawrence McCallum, read like a grade-B horror-movie script. There are many Lawrence McCallums wandering the bleak urban horror show we call the city, and anonymity is the rule rather than the exception. Using a synopsis of The Day the Earth Stood Still as the focal point for delivering McCallum’s story provided a notion of optimism to an otherwise strange and banal existence. That he would choose Italian horror films as the subject of a book really limits the horror genre, which he correctly pointed out is much greater in scope than meets the eye. Mario Bava and Dario Argento aside, gut-wrenching horror scenes abound in films such as Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. American Beauty was rife with scenes of darkness and foreboding, and the nightmarish tangents of certain scenes in Conspiracy Theory may qualify these films as inclusionable in the horror genre, to name a few. Horror cinema provides us all with a pressure valve with which we can relieve the pressure of the blurred reality of the Grand Guignol existence of everyday life.

Mike Koskiewicz

W. Warwick