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  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2012

    Efficiently doomy chiller from John Carpenter that attempts to marry up the Satanic possession genre with a contemporary sci-fi thriller, and mostly succeeds in the process. Sensibly, Carpenter throws us straight into the action, which unfolds in a low-key, unshowy but effectively unsettling fashion. The possessed zombie army is pretty standard, but the scratchy VHS transmissions from the future are particularly effective and Carpenter throws in a couple of extraordinary set-pieces. Meanwhile, his score boils down his trademark minimalism even…

  • Headhunters

    Headhunters 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2012

    Hugely enjoyable adaptation of Jo Nesbo's crime bestseller about a recruitment consultant trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse. I've not read the novel, but the film stands out as a taut, pacy thriller imbued with a streak of black humour and a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness - particularly in the film's middle act where main protagonist Roger Brown (played by the brilliantly rat-like Aksel Hennie) has all manner of indignities thrown at him that he…

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  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin 1971

    ★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2012

    A strange little giallo from Lucio Fulci, which foreshadows the dream-like surrealism of some of his later, more famous works but ties it to a much more restrained story of murder and insanity. There's much in A Lizard In A Woman's Skin that seems awkward or unintentionally funny now, including some very odd attempts at iconic shot compositions and some clunky dubbed dialogue (and indeed, whistling). But when it works, it works splendidly; the extended chase sequence through a seemingly…

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 1989

    ★★ Rewatched 16 Oct, 2012

    A tedious, portentous mess that seemingly spends an eternity setting up its (wholly unengaging) storyline before squeezing nearly all the 'action' into the film's second half. As a director, Shatner is clearly far more interested in the characters than we are; the all-American "guys hanging out" campfire scenes really test the patience, whilst the film ends with Kirk modestly defining God. I yield to no-one in my admiration for David Warner, but his reliable yet inevitable presence adds to the…