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  • Cold Comfort

    Cold Comfort 1989

    ★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2016

    Cold Comfort is a Canadian film based on a play and while its origin is fairly obvious at times, with the scarce locations and loads of dialogue, the movie is quite interesting (if a bit long, it's only 90 minutes but there were a few lulls in the running time).

    Maury Chaykin and Margaret Langrick were incredible as the deranged daddy and disturbed daughter duo who are living in isolation in Manitoba. During a blizzard, deranged daddy uses his tow-truck…

  • Ghost Eyes

    Ghost Eyes 1974

    ★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2016 2

    From one of the Shaw Brothers' most prolific HK horror directors, Kuei Chih-Hung, comes Ghost Eyes a movie that had me questioning whether or not Dario Argento was hanging around Hong Kong cinemas in 1974, taking style cues from this film. I know that isn't the case, but I was reminded of Suspiria in all of the late night taxi rides through heavy rain, a sometimes shockingly boisterous score, and a lot of bright, overwhelmingly pink-lit scenes.

    In the future,…

  • The Incident

    The Incident 2011

    ★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2016 2

    While this movie has two titles, Asylum Blackout is probably the most descriptive and relevant to the film's content, being that it's often so dark that I had trouble making out what was unfolding on screen. It really didn't help matters any considering that the actors were putting on really terrible American accents, hoping to mask their own but failing miserably, the end result left me feeling both partially blind and hard of hearing, eventually I fell asleep and had…

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation 2015

    ★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2016 20

    Was Logan Marshall-Green trying to look exactly like Tom Hardy or was I just obsessing over it so much that I began projecting his image onto LMG? Either way, I found it quite distracting as I tried to settle into The Invitation, it became a struggle of trying to force myself to just allow its methodical ambiance wash over me (despite the never-ending barrage of complaints launched by my restless brain).

    The first hour had a simple (albeit sleek) formula,…

  • Found

    Found 2012

    Watched 17 Apr, 2016 38

    After a couple years of Found wasting away in my watchlist, it was finally time to check out this highly praised, coming-of-age, indie horror film that doubles as a familial drama.

    My tolerance is dwindling for these sort of low-budget horror films, coming from the same type of narcissistic, drunk on nostalgia white-cis-guys who want to paint a picture of how hard it was to deal with their relatively normal growing pains. Like, I get it--really, I do. It is…

  • Hex After Hex

    Hex After Hex 1982

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2016

    Hex After Hex is the third part to the Shaw Brothers' Hex trilogy, it's only related to Hex in title, but it's a direct sequel to Hex vs. Witchcraft (and there's more emphasis on comedy here, but I would classify it as a horror comedy whereas Hex vs. Witchcraft was a supernatural comedy).

    This movie was bonkers and more fun than the previous two, even though the pacing was slightly off and it dragged in parts. It's worth watching for…

  • Knock Knock

    Knock Knock 2015

    ★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2016 3

    While a little less cringey than Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, this remake/update of Death Game still has all of Roth's less than favorable hallmarks: juvenile & damaging use of the words "retarded" & "gay" in a few different instances, shit [literal shit], and a pointless emphasis on pot. With all that said, Knock Knock seemed like it was Roth-lite, with the director a bit more restrained/subtle than what we've seen before.

    As much as I love Keanu Reeves, whoa[!] was he…

  • Inseminoid

    Inseminoid 1981

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 Apr, 2016 5

    Sure, the crew carry around plastic coolers and tackle boxes, there are huge boxy TVs on wheeled carts all lined up in a darkened/empty space, masquerading as a control room, but this low, low budget sci-fi/horror hybrid made in the wake of Alien is anything but a cheap bore. There's a steady supply of moody music, great lighting, decent acting and a perfect atmosphere with a lot of DIY style that can't be bought.

    Inseminoid is a b-horror film, and that b can stand for a multitude of things, like: budgeted, brilliant, batty, bewitching.

  • Death Game

    Death Game 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2016 2

    The ass end of Death Game has test audience written all over it, at least I sincerely hope that was the case. I would have loved to see the credits roll over the girls' smiling faces.

    At first I was pretty into George's character because he asked all of the best questions, things like "wanna go mess around?" or "you want some pizza?" but I couldn't help but eventually side with the evil, underage temptresses (Sondra Locke and Colleen Camp…

  • Hex vs. Witchcraft

    Hex vs. Witchcraft 1980

    ★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2016 2

    Richard and I were under the impression that the Shaw Brothers' Hex films [a trilogy related in title and vaguely in theme] were horror films, but this is far more a supernatural comedy (in the vein of something like High Spirits, ghosts and possession are a major part of the plot but it's a straightforward comedy).

    This isn't the first Hong Kong film I've seen with a hopeless gambling addict asking a ghost for help with winning, and I'm sure…

  • Hex

    Hex 1980

    ★★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2016 6

    Hex is the first part of a Shaw Bros trilogy, all of the twists & turns were disjointed and over-explained and I really wish the entire movie took place around that spooky, fog heavy, green & swampy pond. Here's hoping the sequels are better.

  • Tales From the Script

    Tales From the Script 2009

    ★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2016

    Perfect late-night background noise while dusting Richard's god damn DVDs/Blu-rays. Larry Cohen should be on the cover 'cause he had the best insights!

    Oh, and I kinda love the title (Tales from the Script) and that The Carpenterkeeper is at the top!