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  • The Gravedancers

    The Gravedancers 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Mar, 2016 11

    Ten years ago people would make fun of me for liking this movie and I would just laugh and agree that maybe it wasn't so great, but now I'm better equipped to defend the fuck out of The Gravedancers.

    Director Mike Mendez is clearly a horror fan but this movie is not about that, and maybe I just re-watched this at the right time because I am so burnt out on all of these throwbacks/homages/remakes; it is just so refreshing…

  • House IV

    House IV 1992

    ★★ Rewatched 19 Mar, 2016 4

    I know that medical expenses in the United States can ruin you financially, but couldn't they at least get that little girl a wheelchair that was made after the Victorian era?

  • House III: The Horror Show

    House III: The Horror Show 1989

    ★★½ Rewatched 19 Mar, 2016 3

    In House III: The Horror Show, Brion James plays Freddy Krueger, although he doesn't terrorize you through your nightmares, he enters your home and ruins your life by taking cues from Forsythe Electrocution.

    It's alright, I guess.

  • Daddy's Girl

    Daddy's Girl 1996

    ★½ Watched 18 Mar, 2016 5

    The Bad Seed + Julie Darling - Gore + William Katt ÷ boring mid '90s killer kid slasher cliches = Daddy's Girl

  • Dr. Giggles

    Dr. Giggles 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Mar, 2016 9

    When I was in the 4th grade, I talked my parents into letting me have a sleepover Halloween party. They obliged and even set up some spooky games and activities for us, but the best part of the party didn't come until I was allowed to show them the movie I rented for this special occasion. Little did I know, I'd lose half of my guests after they went into the kitchen crying to call their parents to come pick…

  • Love Potion No. 9

    Love Potion No. 9 1992

    ★★ Rewatched 17 Mar, 2016 4

    It's 1995, I'm 12-years-old, my disc-man is incessantly spinning Elastica, I'm constantly thinking about boys, how to find an older person to buy me cigarettes and any money I received from my parents or my Grandpa, by way of charming it out of 'em or doing chores, went to the video store a couple blocks from my house. But, being a kid, I could only weasel 'em out of a few bucks every so often, thankfully when I wasn't renting…

  • Legend

    Legend 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Mar, 2016 5

    *Late night, American theatrical, Tangerine Dream experience.

    Maybe I'll watch the director's cut someday [soon] just to see how it compares.

  • The Redeemer: Son of Satan!

    The Redeemer: Son of Satan! 1978

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Mar, 2016 4

    I always knew that Slaughter High was influenced by The Redeemer, but upon re-watch last night, it was even more apparent that it's a blatant rip-off, with that said, Slaughter High is still a great '80s slasher sleaze-fest, adding on to the basic plot of The Redeemer in taking cues from yet another slasher and throwing in the revenge motivation from Terror Train for maximum, shameless carbon copy of predecessors status.

    "Let me tell you about the whore and the…

  • Parents

    Parents 1989

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Mar, 2016 6

    First re-watch in close to 15-years and Parents held up so well, I think I liked it even more than I did all those years ago. Directed by veteran actor and Christopher Guest regular - Bob Balaban, the film's greatest strength is in the script by Christopher Hawthorne and the brilliant performances.

    "I've been watching you and you're an outsider, like us."

    Randy Quaid was effectively creepy as the hollow shape of an all-American dad, on the surface he's Ward…

  • Dolls

    Dolls 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 07 Mar, 2016 8

    This was probably the 4th or 5th time I've seen Dolls and I never tire of it. Even though this is a Charles Band production (and we all know how much he loves killer puppets and dolls), this one stands out above the rest because it's a Stuart Gordon film.

    I love that Gordon often casts his wife [Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, married for 48 years!] in his films, here she plays Rosemary, the wealthy, cruel stepmother of Judy--she's always witty, smart…

  • The Dead Pit

    The Dead Pit 1989

    ★★★½ Rewatched 06 Mar, 2016 5

    It had been about six years since I watched The Dead Pit for the first time and while digging around for another DVD, I stumbled upon this and realized it was due for a checkup.

    In the vague, fleeting memories I had of the movie, I only recalled a brightly lit funhouse of nightmares and an actress running around a mental institution in her undies. Maybe a film revolving around a character with memory loss is best left only partially…

  • When Animals Dream

    When Animals Dream 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Mar, 2016 2

    When Animals Dream is a minimalist, throwback Danish horror film, think Ginger Snaps meets Let the Right One In, but not quite as good [i.e., original] as either of its inspirations, although those are pretty big shoes to fill and this movie does have a subtle charm, mostly in part to a strong performance from the lead, Sonia Suhl.

    While I am usually okay with narrative vagueness and slow builds, so little happens leading up to the end that once…