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  • Progeny

    Progeny 1998

    ★½ Watched 05 Dec, 2014 5

    As soon as the leading lady said "We're gonna have a baby!" I knew it was, in fact, a horror film.

  • The Dorm That Dripped Blood

    The Dorm That Dripped Blood 1982

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Dec, 2014 9

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've always referred to The Dorm that Dripped Blood as Pranks, and the blu-ray I watched last night had the title card of Death Dorm, and while I like all three titles, I'm going to continue to refer to this as Pranks (old habits...).

    Pranks came out in 1982 and this means that it was released when the slasher film was in its prime; before the tropes have become cliche, the story is memorable and fresh (even if a little…

  • Dr. Caligari

    Dr. Caligari 1989

    Watched 04 Dec, 2014 2

    It's a rare occurrence, but sometimes there comes a movie that is so aligned with everything you find appealing, that it feels as though it was made for you...

    ...but, that definitely didn't happen with Dr. Caligari, in fact, it was the exact opposite, it felt as though it was made to annoy the crap out of me.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Dr. Caligari is the favorite film of all the people on the SNL Sprocekts skit. If you're really into performance art, you'd probably love this movie. It's just NOT for me.

  • Teen Wolf

    Teen Wolf 1985

    ★★★ Rewatched 03 Dec, 2014 2

    When I was a prepubescent werewolf, Teen Wolf helped me get through my own physical changes and I, too, became super popular and awesome at basketball and van surfing, despite also being very short and not very good at anything physical when I wasn't wolfed-out, because then I was just a sweaty kid who was riddled with anxiety and friend-zoning most of my male friends in hopes to one day catch the attention of James Spader.

    Now that I have…

  • Into the Storm

    Into the Storm 2014

    ½ Watched 02 Dec, 2014 8

    When you are traveling all day and destined to sit on a plane for more than a few hours, you find yourself browsing through the movies offered on the tiny screen that is often reclined into your face. It's far from an optimal viewing situation, but while on a plane it's sometimes ideal to sift through crap I would otherwise never watch.

    There were a few movies that I would like to see, for instance Boyhood and Guardians of the…

  • Slugs

    Slugs 1988

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 Nov, 2014 11

    As my step-brother and I went through Netflix after everyone had gone to bed on Thanksgiving, he started laughing about the movie Frogs, so, of course, this started me off on a tangent about Unconventional Movie Monsters and I was suddenly overcome with this uncontrollable need to watch Slugs, to my surprise (and delight) it was also available on Netflix Instant! After telling him about it, he too HAD to watch it.

    It always takes me a minute, after realizing…

  • Personal Affair

    Personal Affair 1953

    ★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    Personal Affair is a cautionary tale you show your daughters if you don't want them to become spinsters.

  • The Passionate Friends

    The Passionate Friends 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    I went about David Lean's The Passionate Friends a little backwards on a couple different fronts. First of all, I really must read H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, especially considering the original ending and, secondly, apparently I should have watched Lean's more popular melodrama (also starring Trevor Howard), Brief Encounters, and I should have watched it many moons ago. BUT! I think in watching this movie before reading the original source or watching one of Lean's most acclaimed…

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2014 32

    I was trying to think of ways to verbalize my disappointment with yet another Wingard & Barrett collaboration but my big brother summed it up best:

    "This is like a [Buffalo] Bills game, they keep you interested for 30 minutes and then they just blow it."

    Adam Wingard's films seem super smug and I can't stand it. Maybe I'm projecting, but it's off-putting and I can't shake it, there are enough instances where I'm beginning to believe that it may not…

  • 13 Sins

    13 Sins 2014

    ★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2014 8

    What I watch while on vacation visiting my family is always so fucking random and unexpected. It's kinda fun. It gives me a chance to watch movies I would never think of watching on my own. My older brother insisted on showing me 13 Sins on Netflix last night and he was right, it wasn't necessarily great, but it was very watchable.

    I was rather impressed with the twists in the end, I don't know if I can chalk it…

  • Alien

    Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Nov, 2014 22

    If I could, I would appeal to the U.S. government to quarantine any health care worker who has gone to Africa to help with the Ebola crisis. It would only be for about 22 days, just like dogs or cats coming to another country! And, what does this have to do with Alien? I would cite it as a perfect example of why we should use a quarantine as a safety precaution.

    Now, here's some footage of Ripley in underwear two sizes too small.

    I rest my case.

  • Blood Rage

    Blood Rage 1987

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014 6

    I am pretty upset with myself that I didn't bring Blood Rage to the U.S. with me, as I will be here for the Thanksgiving holiday and I like to traumatize my family with holiday themed horror films.

    We own a DVD of Blood Rage but when we watched it last weekend it was a fan edit with added gore from the VHS to a DVD rip. I'm not exactly sure why many of the gore scenes were trimmed down…