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  • Just Before Dawn 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    Comparisons to John Boorman's classic Deliverance are inevitable and while Just Before Dawn lacks the social and economic commentary that the former expertly told, it came as a surprise to me at how damn tense this film is.

    Labelled as a slasher by many but this is a survival horror-cum-thriller that shares it's DNA with the likes of Craven's The Hills Have Eyes and Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre but it takes its story far more seriously and with…

  • Sleepaway Camp 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    Sleepaway Camp is one of the defining films from the golden era of slasher. While most slashers failed to emulate the minimalistic terror of Halloween or the goofy frights of Friday the 13th, director and writer Robert Hiltzik orchestrated something that the audience had yet to see. Yes, it has a typical slasher set-up - obnoxious teens, slutty counsellors, and paedophile cooks meet violent ends at a summer camp but there's more than meets the eye in terms of plotting…

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  • Batman & Robin 1997

    Rewatched 05 Jan, 2013 12

    Spectacularly shite.

    So much so that Arnie's daft performance is the only salvageable aspect that can be scraped from this plate of visual diarrhea.

    There's so many wrong things at play here:

    1. Alicia Silverstone handles the english language like she just suffered a severe stroke.
    2. Uma Thurman is about as sexy as Jimmy Saville in a children's hospital ward.
    3. Chris O'Donnell has the charisma of a toilet seat.
    4. George Clooney's leather nipples.
    5. Bat bombs. Bat…

  • Birth 2004

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2013 17

    "You're just a little boy, aren't you?"

    Birth is an elegant piece of filmmaking, delicately directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast). It touches upon a plethora of themes that include love, loyalty, death, family, and grief but saturated in an atmosphere of supernatural oddness, yet, it's hard to place this under a certain genre. It's a stark piece of individual filmmaking that rarely comes around these days even though it echoes the likes of Kubrick.

    Still, this will split an…