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  • The Harvest

    The Harvest 2013

    ★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2015 5

    Even though the poster art for The Harvest was triggering all of my skeptical-spidey senses, I forced myself into a state of interest when I read that it's a John McNaughten film (I really enjoyed The Borrower, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and he once directed the dreamiest of hunks, James Spader, in Speaking of Sex), and I'm also usually a fan of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton.

    Just as I was settling into the story, I was becoming…

  • Beyond the Darkness

    Beyond the Darkness 1979

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jun, 2015 11

    A Claudio Simonetti-less Goblin hypnotizes the audience during the opening titles of Buio Omega, leaving us in a trance, unable to look away as Iris and Frank fill our impressionable & weakened minds with images of perverse cruelty: dismemberment, acid baths, incineration, taxidermized girlfriends, all of it covered in a thick coat of sleaze.

    At one point in my life I was under Joe D'Amato's spell, possessing an undying love and unwavering appreciation for the film's blatant expression and literal translation…

  • Pieces

    Pieces 1982

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 11 Jun, 2015 7

    I had an impromptu Joe D'Amato double feature of re-watches last night, as he's given a writer's credit on Pieces alongside grimy-horror producer Dick Randall and the Spanish director of Pieces, Juan Piquer Simón, who is maybe slightly more recognized as the director of the '80s, slimy-creature feature Slugs, or even still, the man responsible for the movie in one of my favorite episodes of MST3K - Pod People (aka Extra Terrestrial Visitors).

    It had been so long since I'd…

  • Vermillion Eyes

    Vermillion Eyes 1991

    ★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2015 2

    The director of Vermilion Eyes, Nathan Schiff, is mostly known for bizarre/gory, comedic gems like Weasels Rip My Flesh and They Don't Cut the Grass Anymore, and while this movie is still about as amateur as it can get [this is not a criticism, just an observation], the crudeness presents itself with intense bursts of authenticity that you can not find in a lot of genre films with a higher budget.

    Vermilion Eyes reminded me a lot of Jörg Buttgereit's…

  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper

    Tales of the Grim Sleeper 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2015 6

    It's absolutely repugnant that I had never even heard of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer (Lonnie David Franklin Jr.) who was murdering women in South L.A. for decades, at the same exact time as the Green River serial killer, Gary Ridgway, was murdering sex workers in Tacoma, Washington; my point being--which one have YOU heard about? One can only conclude that the only reason Ridgway's crimes were in the news was because a majority of his victims were white prostitutes…

  • Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

    Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam 1995

    ★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2015 6

    Holy shit, I will never look at Skinner the same again.

  • Retribution

    Retribution 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Jun, 2015 13

    When I chose the three films I wanted to re-watch on my birthday yesterday, I subconsciously chose three '80s horror films that have to do with dreams. After Don't Panic and Incubus, as Retribution began, it dawned on me that there was a common thread and apparently my brain likes to come up with themes without letting me in on it until much later.

    I first watched Retribution shortly after I moved to Norway, which means that I have been…

  • The Incubus

    The Incubus 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Jun, 2015 17

    "I swear to god, there's going to be a rape tonight."

    Incubus is easily one of the greatest (and unfortunately most overlooked) Canadian horror films to come out in the 1980s. The film is a bit of a melting pot; the director is Brit John Hough (American Gothic, The Watcher in the Woods), it's adapted from a novel by American author Ray Russell (Mr. Sardonicus) and the cast is made up of British, Canadian and American actors (most notably a…

  • Don't Panic

    Don't Panic 1989

    ★★★½ Rewatched 02 Jun, 2015 14

    I decided that it was most appropriate to start off my "Hollie Picks All of the Movies with No Objections from Richard Day" with Don't Panic because it was also, main character, Michael's birthday...and it should be noted that I am also spending the day in my pajamas (although, mine aren't anywhere near as ridiculous as his).

    This is my second time watching Don't Panic and it's honestly almost necessary to see it twice, just to make sure you're remembering…

  • Biggie and Tupac

    Biggie and Tupac 2002

    ★★½ Watched 01 Jun, 2015

    I wish this was directed by Steve James instead.

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury 2015

    Watched 31 May, 2015 4

    I don't know, dudes, I liked it, maybe I've been in Scandinavia too long.

  • Wer

    Wer 2013

    ★★½ Watched 31 May, 2015

    I spent most of the running time of Wer completely distracted by Vik Sahay's hair. Every time he walked into a scene, I imagined him coming straight from the salon and stepping into a Pantene Pro-V commercial, reeking of hairspray and fancy conditioners.

    When I wasn't laughing at Sahay's perfectly groomed eyebrows and blue steel facial poses, I was nauseated by the filming style. Is this what y'all refer to as "shaky cam?" I seriously had to look away at…