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  • The Astro-Zombies 1968

    ★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    There's some strange psychedelic cutting, a great idea, a great mask and some wonderfully HG Lewis-esque framing... Unfortunately, watching john carradine operate his 'mad scientist' machinery is the cinematic equivalent of coaching a grandparent to fix a computer over the phone.

    Cut this down to a respectable 65 minutes and it would be amazing.

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986

    ★★★ Rewatched 10 Oct, 2014

    I first saw TCM 2 on a rented VHS tape, in a friends basement at 14 years old. It terrified me. As is often the case, those memories are much better than the movie. It's not bad, its just not as scary, fun or funny as it needs to be.

    Too much is made of Hoopers post TCM1 decline, regardless of his actual track record. Between TCM1 in 1974 and TCM 2 in 1986 he made the Eaten Alive (1977),…

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