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  • Kongo

    Kongo 1932

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2016

    This is the first of what I am sure will be many films I am inspired to watch after reading about them in the amazing 'Unsung Horrors' volume from the people of We Belong Dead. That this is a Pre-Code film there is no doubt from the very start and the movie proceeds to assault us with the grubby and the disgusting; physical and sexual violence and, inevitably given the jungle setting, all manner of non-pc attitudes and behaviour. Walter…

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2016

    It is very many years since I last saw this film and I found myself braced for a slow and murky ride. Not so, at all and watching this on the big screen at my local cinema watched in wonder as all those iconic shots I've seen reproduced over the years came to life in stunning black and white. There is some chit chat and faux philosophising but nothing like as much as I had feared and the well told…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2015 1

    This is a profound and engrossing film. Peter Strickland is clearly less a fan of cinema than a fanatic for film and there is a difference. He believes that film does not depict reality but is a reproduction of reality and therein lies his fascination. He is excited by this process and through his films similarly excites us. In this film, ostensibly about a couple of ladies living out a BDSM relationship in a rambling old mansion, his filmic inspiration…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    Strip Nude for Your Killer 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2013 1

    I didn’t think much of this when I first saw it and don’t think much of it now. It’s terrible really because the girls are great and it looks good most of the time with plenty of sexy kills. The title, salacious though it is, is pretty accurate, but the predictable tale plods along and in the end produces a killer we have not only not seen but did not know existed! Distortion on the soundtrack doesn’t help this one.…