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  • Zoom In: Rape Apartments 1980

    Watched 17 Oct, 2014 12

    My first and, most likely, last pinku film experience resulted in a mixture of loathing, intrigue and bafflement. I have a really hard time (not that kind of hard, gross) wrapping my head around the high demand these films had (and still have) but, whatever, if I think about it much more my head will explode and there won't be any Japanese pinku stars to lick it up, with revolting closeups of their tongues.

    Zoom In: Rape Apartments wastes no…

  • Kingdom of the Spiders 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2014 6

    When taking the other films of John 'Bud' Cardos into consideration (Mutant, The Dark '79), I went in with extremely low expectations for Kingdom of the Spiders. But, Cardos surprised me with a low-budget film that had a high-quality feel.

    It should be noted that at $10 per tarantula, the $500,000 budget set aside $50,000 for the spiders. 5,000 large, hairy spiders were used in the film and it's unknown exactly how many died for the sake of the movie,…

  • Rigor Mortis 2013

    ★★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2014 2

    Rigor Mortis is a loving tribute to the Mr. Vampire series, complete with hopping vampires and sticky rice, but, don't be fooled, this is far from a horror-comedy.

    I was really hoping I would get more out of this, but I found myself rather frustrated throughout as the movie was quite uneven, both in style and narrative, leaving plenty of room for me to get confused, but never to the point of belligerence.

    I hated the entire subplot with the…

  • The Kirlian Witness 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    Auras, houseplants, polygraph machines, high-wasted bell bottoms, lofts in lower Manhattan (SoHo) and, not to mention, having the entire movie softly narrated by the female protagonist - The Kirlian Witness is definitely a product of the 1970s.

    A new edit of this movie has been released recently, with an alternate title of The Plants Are Watching and about 15-minutes shaved off of the original running time. There are a couple scenes where it's quite apparent that it's been cut, but…

  • Dawn of the Mummy 1981

    ★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014 1

    Dawn of the Mummy is a bit of an international mess, as it was made in a collaboration with Italy, Egypt and the U.S.. The movie is excruciatingly dull at times, but it really pulls together in the end.

    I found it interesting that since the film was made in Egypt, none of the actresses were allowed to be filmed naked. I think I just got a bit of sadistic pleasure out of that, knowing that a lot of people…

  • Man on Fire 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014 4

    Richard really had to talk me into watching Man on Fire with him and a friend last night. When the movie started I had seen the name Brian Helegeland in the opening credits and I was like "oh man, I hope it's an adapted screenplay or something, because I'm not sure I like the guy very much" (especially after watching NOES 4 very recently). Thankfully for me, the story was based on a novel.

    There were a lot of things…

  • Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys 2014

    Added 6

    I started watching this last night and then I turned it off after about 30 minutes and watched two PBS specials called Asteroid Trackers and Masters of Mayhem: Honey Badgers instead. I stand by my choice.

    You can't fool me with your casting of Shannen Doherty and Christopher Lloyd ever again, Asylum. EVER AGAIN.

  • New Nightmare 1994

    ★★★ Rewatched 14 Oct, 2014 8

    A lot of times I have a spiral notebook on the coffee table while I'm watching a movie, mainly to write down a quote I find hilarious or the name of a list I have to add the movie to once I find myself on Letterboxd again. I thought I would take the time to let everyone know what I wrote while watching Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

    An almost blank page with four possible list additions and the single thought…

  • An American Werewolf in London 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014 18

    Ha! I had An American Werewolf in London rated 4-stars! What an amateur! This is a 5-star film and the best werewolf film I have ever seen. I know a lot of people save such a proclamation for The Howling, but I ain't most people.

    The power John Landis' movie has is so strong, it makes David Naughton not only tolerable, but likable! Now THAT's good direction.

  • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014 10

    Wow, I never realized that Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare was so universally hated!! I think after The Dream Master and The Dream Child, I welcomed The Final Nightmare with open arms.

    I don't know if you can say I'm biased but I do have a bit of a crush on, director, Rachel Talalay. I love that she worked her way up through the entire NOES series until she was finally in the director's chair, herself. Her love for the…

  • Barracuda 1978

    Watched 12 Oct, 2014 1

    I may not have good taste and I may be a crackpot, but this one time I know I'm right. Barracuda is excruciatingly boring and you should really save yourself the trouble of watching this movie and check out Psycho Pike instead.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989

    ★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2014 6

    There's a scene where Yvonne's silhouette looks suspiciously like the Leprechaun. I spent so much time trying to find a still of the scene to show you guys that I don't feel like writing much about this movie. I don't want to have to dig out the American DVD set so I can take a still of the scene, so you'll just have to trust me.

    Also, The Dream Child is a little too pro-life for my tastes. If I saw my fetus was going to turn into that ugly little boy, Jacob, I'd ABORT. ABORT. ABORT mission.