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  • Smile Before Death 1972

    ★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2014

    Smile Before Death is a rather obscure giallo, but it receives a fair amount of praise from followers of this type of film. I don't understand why, because it's boring and predictable. I'm also not really sure I consider this a giallo in the strictest sense – there are only two murders and, after the first twenty minutes, you pretty much know who did it and why. The opening murder is decent, and there's a bit of sleaze, but not enough to make the story interesting. I much preferred Amuck! from the same director, which also starred the beautiful Rosalba Neri.

  • Eye in the Labyrinth 1972

    ★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    Eye in the Labyrinth looks and feels like a giallo, but, as with Spasmo, it isn't really part of that genre. There is a mystery, but it doesn't involve a series of killings – just a missing person who may or may not have been murdered. It wasn't entirely uninteresting, but I think if Eye in the Labyrinth had been a more traditional giallo with the various eccentric characters getting bumped off one by one, it would have better held my attention.

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  • 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…

  • Dreamaniac 1986

    ★★½ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2013 17

    I don't know why this movie gets as much hate as it does. Sure, it's bad, but it's also fairly amusing, which I think was intentional. Often it seemed like 'Dreamaniac' was supposed to be a horror-comedy, and not many people seem to pick up on that. I'm going to guess that a big reason this movie doesn't have a cult following like 'The Last Slumber Party' is because horror fans are generally comprised of straight men. 'Dreamaniac' was directed…