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  • Omen III: The Final Conflict

    Omen III: The Final Conflict 1981

    ★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2016

    This is best when it's like an extended episode of Father Ted with an inept hit squad of priests out to assassinate the antichrist ('Careful you don't fall off the TV studio rigging and immolate yourself there now, Ted'. 'No, Dougal, I said if you're facing the antichrist on a very, very high viaduct, DON'T ride the horse.' 'Sure we'll escape this lightning by hiding in a tiny, easily lockable tomb, Father.') But this thread more or less disappears after…

  • Damien: Omen II

    Damien: Omen II 1978

    ★★★ Rewatched 31 Oct, 2016

    The first Omen is really about a war between rationality and swivel-eyed lunacy - its relative sophistication comes from the fact that nothing unquestionably supernatural actually occurs in it, except in the eyes of some religious fanatics who brainwash a man into trying to murder his son. Perhaps the fourth-wall breaking look that Damien gives the camera at the end of that film is the cue that the loons have won, to the extent that the filmmakers themselves have bought…

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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2013 7

    OK, I admit it, I'm a fan of Lifeforce, and it's not just because of the vast swathes of nudity.* Not that I can't see the flaws - this is after all a film that (ahem) climaxes with a man able to save the earth by having sex, in fact he's so good at sex that he sends himself and his partner flying up into the air - but it is also fun, ambitious, scary and dare I say it…

  • Caligula

    Caligula 1979

    ★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2013 8

    It's hard (sorry) to know how to review Caligula, especially in its full length (sorry again) version. I've seen lots of 10/10 reviews on other sites, but you can't help feeling (ahem) that they are actually reviewing the behind-the-scenes story. That of course is incredible, hilarious and tragic - all things that the film should be but isn't. It's swollen (cough), sloppy (cough cough) and gets itself into a proper mess (nurse!). Mark Kermode famously said that there was a…