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  • Blue Monkey

    Blue Monkey 1987

    ★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    William Fruet is an underrated director, and Blue Monkey is his last horror film to date – which is a shame, because it isn't particularly good. It starts out well enough, with an interesting storyline, but there are too many characters and eventually your attention starts to wander. It takes too long for the creature to actually DO anything, and when it finally does it isn't that impressive. Not to mention those annoying kids – I wanted the giant bug to fucking eat them.

  • Nightmares

    Nightmares 1980

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2015 1

    There's enough sleazy sex and gore to hold your attention for the film's brief 80 minute running time, and, just like the other Australian films I've seen, it's directed with flair. (I swear, all Australian films must have the same DP because they all look GREAT.) That said, the script isn't anything special, but I'm kind of a sucker for backstage slashers. The killer's identity is SO obvious that it makes you wonder why they didn't reveal it from the beginning. (The DVD cover that blatantly gives it away doesn't help.)

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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…

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged 1982

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2015 1

    Yes, it's talky as hell, kinda boring at times, and the acting is mostly amateur (especially the slack-jawed teenage girls who never change expression), but you know what? Sometimes a really good synth score, fabulous atmosphere, a great old mansion set, over-the-top local theater actors, a couple of gory murders, and a mildly disturbing ending is enough. This was just what I wanted and Unhinged hit the spot.