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  • Antibirth

    Antibirth

    ★★★½

    Antibirth is a kaleidoscope of garishness meets gross body/pregnancy horror, I'm contractually obliged to at least enjoy it, add Natasha Lyonne in a starring role and things are only looking up from here, right?

    Mostly.

    As much as I love Meg Tilly (and she was great, because she's always great, and I'm so glad she has returned to acting), I could have done without her character because she seemed tacked on and unnecessary, but nothing deserved to be cut from…

  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People

    ★★★

    Thankfully I have a friend looking out for me who suggested a double feature of They Look Like People and I Am Not a Serial Killer (watched in reverse order) and both movies worked really well together, so I'll pass along the pro-tip to all of you!

    While a low budget effort, They Look Like People's greatest strength lies within MacLeod Andrews' performance, a naturalistic approach to the is he or isn't he genre that was quite haunting, as well as effective.

  • I Am Not a Serial Killer

    I Am Not a Serial Killer

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Don't read anything about this movie if you haven't seen it yet. Got that?

    Okay, moving on.

    I wish my lame, geek brain wouldn't pick up on seemingly insignificant things and obsess, but it's just who I am. I understand that IMDb is not a foolproof database free from errors, but why is I Am Not a Serial Killer labelled as a Thriller? Is it a gimmick to protect the genre twist that reveals itself by the midway point? I…

  • Killer's Moon

    Killer's Moon

    ½

    Killer's Moon is a sleazy and grim knock-off of A Clockwork Orange, while this could have been an interesting [low-budget] British, genre film, it completely lost me by the halfway point and I was left seething with rage for the final twenty minutes.

    There was an interesting foundation, with four men escaping from a mental institution after receiving experimental therapy, the men are under the impression that they're within a collective dream hypnosis where they were told to let it…

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I will always regard Tenebre as Dario Argento's timeless giallo, mostly because it has a premise that remains relevant even 34-years after it was released.

    Women are brutally murdered for a majority of the film (in most cases it's shortly after they slight the work of Peter Neal), and keeping this in mind, I still believe that this giallo acts as a cautionary tale for men, especially those who deem themselves highly evolved and educated--the scholarly men who declare that…

  • Murder, She Purred

    Murder, She Purred

    ★★★

    Murder, She Purred was a really cute kiddie "whodunit" made by Disney starring Ricki Lake and Ed Begley Jr., I was hoping it would be a little more weird but it was watchable enough! It was a little awkward watching the myriad of ways they tried to hide Ricki's body though :/ The corgi was so adorable he almost distracted me from my love of cats!

  • Encounter with the Unknown

    Encounter with the Unknown

    ★½

    I love you, Rod Serling but Encounter with the Unknown was not very good, despite having an amazing poster and my beloved horror anthology format.

    With three segments based on true events acting more as cautionary tales than spooky shorts, I was let down even more when a majority of the movie was also padded with tons of recaps and the signature Serling morality dilemmas.

    As with The Twilight Zone, he was asking all of the right questions, but did this movie have to be SO DANG BORING?!

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★

    I LOVE skeletons and the army of the dead were adorable but I can not handle all of the action hero one-liners and the super long battle scene. We watched the director's cut this time and I have the hardest time deciding which ending I prefer, this or the theatrical?? They're both kinda dumb, but maybe I like the director's cut version better because it has less "quotable" dialogue. Army of Darkness thrived in the scenes that called on the…

  • Elvis & Nixon

    Elvis & Nixon

    ★★★½

    As much as I love Michael Shannon, I was incredibly skeptical of him playing Elvis because he's an intense weirdo, but, director, Liza Johnson knew exactly what she was doing! Shannon pulled off the intended comedy while also poking a little fun at himself, Kevin Spacey was also really great as Richard Nixon capturing a lot of his physical mannerisms but not in a way that came off as a caricature.

    The greatest strength of Elvis & Nixon was the way…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I decided to use a spoiler cut because I'm about to admit something really embarrassing and the less people who click on it, the better. Back in the 1990s, when I was still a teenager with a dial-up connection, my chosen username was "DeadxBeforexDawn" and it was because Sam Raimi [and Scott Spiegel] must have written the script for both movies incorporating excerpts from the necronomicon thus turning me into a deeply devoted deadite!

    Watching Evil Dead II the other…

  • I-Lived

    I-Lived

    lol

  • Streets of Death

    Streets of Death

    ½

    If I would have taken a moment to click on the director's name [Jeff Hathcock], I would have immediately known not to add Streets of Death to my watchlist, because I HATED his movie Victims! with a passion.

    And you know, now that I just typed out his surname, OF COURSE IT'S "HATH COCK," what a perfect name for a man who has made two of the most scathingly misogynistic films I've seen in recent years!

    I love no-budget films,…