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  • Nightbreed 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Nov, 2014

    The newly released Director's Cut is exquisite. It feels completely different, drawing up all kinds of strong emotions only hinted at and danced around in the butchered theatrical cut. Such a triumph for Clive to have finally been able to create and release the version of Nightbreed that the film was always intended to be.

    If you never liked Nightbreed, I don't think this is going to change that, but for the Barker fan this is a dream come true.

  • The House by the Cemetery 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    My favorite and the most easily accessible of the three Fulci movies I watched recently (the others being City of the Living Dead & The Beyond). Like the others, the plot is a definite weak point, but the atmosphere and the gore make up for it immensely. The gore is also a lot less "fun" in this one, instead going for much more realistic brutal violence with gallons of blood flowing. Well, it's not all realistic, there's a bat attack that's…

  • Downhill They Ride 1966

    ★★★ Watched 02 Nov, 2014

    Watched this as part of my Shaw Brothers chronological series, as I take a break from moving forward to mop up a few titles that were unavailable when I first started the review series.

    Anyway, Downhill They Ride is a sort of derivative of the basic and well-used Seven Samurai plot, and it's not all that interesting. There is a distinct western feel to it with all the horses and guns and bandits, but even as a western fan I…

  • Fright Night Part 2 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Nov, 2014

    Surprisingly good and enjoyable sequel, even if it does build itself on a fairly similar plot to the original. Fantastic FX work, too. There's a body melting that's just incredible!

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    Fantastic remake that's nearly as good as the original. I wish all remakes were like this, in that it felt sincere, artistic & understanding of what made the original film so great. Donald Sutherland is really becoming a favorite, and for whatever reason he reminded me a lot of Clive Owen here.

  • Night of the Creeps 1986

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    I feel deprived to have never seen this as a kid. Supreme horror comedy fun.

  • The Beyond 1981

    ★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    I'm starting to think I'll never completely warm up to Italian horror movies. I definitely liked this more than City of the Living Dead, but it was still fairly uninteresting and slow for the most part. The gore, though, holy hell, so much to love there.

  • The House on Skull Mountain 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    I sought out this movie after I saw it on a Blaxploitation Horror list, but it's not really a Blaxploitation movie at all. Unless a predominant black cast and a production year in the '70s is all that defines a Blaxploitation movie. This movie actually had black characters from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and the jive talkin' guy is clearly the butt of the joke, not the source of laughs and entertainment.

    Anyway, The House on Skull Mountain is a fun…

  • Hex After Hex 1982

    ★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    The Hex film with the most deep laughs, but also the worst of the three films. "Worst" is kind of a strong word, though, as I enjoyed this fairly well despite it lacking any kind of a plot that mattered.

  • The Host 2006

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    Monster movie, family drama & comedy make for a brilliant piece of art. Loved it!

    Glad I watched it after I caught up with Walking Dead, too, so I could recognize the small part at the beginning where Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) causes the whole thing.

  • The Nest 1988

    ★★★ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    Overall, The Nest is just a basic rip-off of Piranha with cockroaches and less humor. But my inherent fear of pest infestations meant that I was thoroughly creeped out by The Nest. The final act delivers some great creatures and gore too. If you ever wondered what a cat-cockroach hybrid would look like, this is your movie.

    Not great, but fun if you like small town horror.

  • Fright Night 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Oct, 2014

    Such a fun vampire movie. I really should watch it more than once every 25 years or so.