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  • The Brave Archer and His Mate 1982

    ★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    Fragmentary and aimless, this one just kind of meanders through unrelated fights until it ends. I thought since the backstory had backstory there'd be more purpose to it all, but nope.

  • The Witch's Mirror 1962

    ★★★ Watched 13 Oct, 2014 4

    A strange blend of vengeance from the grave and a rip-off of "Eyes Without a Face" with an evil witch orchestrating the downfall of the mad doctor for killing her goddaughter. The mixture saves it from being a forgettable cash-in. Some of the simplest effects work well, but the film sometimes reaches past its meager budget. (Disembodied hands with visible arms are especially regrettable.) It also becomes increasingly uncomfortable to watch the doctor's 2nd wife suffer for his crimes. It is, however, a horror movie, and the witch is also a villain.

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  • Rabid Dogs 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2012 2

    Not a great Bava film, but a good one. While sometimes crossing from dangerous into ludicrous, the film maintains tension and a sense of peril throughout. A few scenes create the cringing sympathy of later films like "Last House on the Left". I haven't seen the English language cut, but the Italian is impressive for its ability to make you believe that you've witnessed offscreen horrors.

    Not a perfect movie, but one that feels important in founding the survival genre of horror.

  • Halloween 1978

    ★★★½ Rewatched 26 Apr, 2014

    Thank you, John Carpenter.