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  • Phantasm II

    Phantasm II 1988

    ★★★ Rewatched 28 Aug, 2015

    It's surprising how much of the original Phantasm's tone Coscarelli managed to carry over to this sequel nine years later. Yes, the budget is bigger, but it really does succeed as a continuation of the story. That said, I think Phantasm II suffers a bit because of its higher production values. It lacks the low-budget charm of the original, the indefinable quality that a lack of money and youthful ambition can bring to a horror film. The focus here is…

  • Devil Hunter

    Devil Hunter 1980

    Watched 28 Aug, 2015 1

    I'm rather baffled by some of the positive reviews on here. I knew Devil Hunter was gonna suck, but my low expectations didn't help. It is truly abysmal filmmaking – and not in a good way, because it's boring as hell. This is coming from someone who has seen 61 Jess Franco films (so far). I would say I've enjoyed most of them to a degree, but Devil Hunter is one of the worst.

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 May, 2014 4

    Sleepaway Camp will always hold a special place in my heart, because I'll never forget renting the VHS from the video store years ago. I was young and didn't have access to the Net back then, so I knew absolutely nothing about this movie when I picked the box up off the shelf. The lack of photos from the movie on the back cover didn't help either, but the phony letter from a frightened camper printed on the back in…

  • The Last Shark

    The Last Shark 1981

    ★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2015

    This lackluster rip-off of Jaws has two things going for it: 1) a fine performance by the late Vic Morrow as the requisite "Quint" character, and 2) a very good mechanical shark – better, in fact, than the one used in Jaws. Granted, most of the underwater shots of the shark are actually stock footage. But, if, after watching Jaws, you thought to yourself, "Gee, I wish they hadn't hidden the shark so much," then, suspense be damned, The Last Shark is the movie for you.