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  • Ghosthouse

    Ghosthouse 1988

    ★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    G is for Ghosthouse

    This movie is far from great, but it's fun. This was mostly thanks to the gore, which definitely isn't up to 1988 standards but it has a raw, homespun charm that made me love it. The kills are pretty damn brutal, too, bringing out a few good utterances of "Oh shit!" But man, when the clown attacked the girl from behind, I was speechless and literally afraid to look behind me for…

  • The Grandmaster

    The Grandmaster 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2016

    For some reason, I'm always hesitant to watch Wong Kar-Wai films. I almost always love them, but they're never alluring enough to get me excited enough to put the disc in and push play.

    Case in point: I bought the HK blu-ray of The Grandmaster in Sept. 2013, a few months after it was available, with the idea of reviewing it well ahead of the US release date and maybe driving some traffic to my site. But I could never…

  • Savage Streets

    Savage Streets 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2016

    Wow, Linda Blair is so badass in this.

  • Frightmare

    Frightmare 1982

    ★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    F is for Frightmare

    I'm sure Frightmare has its fans, because the premise is great, and there are quite a few great moments sprinkled throughout the film. But for me, it was kind of boring. I liked the character of the aged horror film actor a lot, so I was rooting for him (as one might root for Jason), but the kids he's after are REALLY blah and uninteresting. I didn't like them, I didn't hate…

  • Yes, Madam

    Yes, Madam 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2016

    I was expecting something more serious, but I was very pleasantly surprised that this was actually very similar in tone, style and cast to the Sammo Hung-directed Lucky Stars films. Very funny with fantastic action, Yes, Madam is an excellent example of high-octane Hong Kong action comedy.

  • Evilspeak

    Evilspeak 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    E is for Evilspeak

    Evilspeak dares to ask the big questions we'd all like the answers to. Y'know, stuff like "How do you confront a bully?" "Is there a good excuse for being late to class?" and "What are the keys to the kingdom of Satan's magic?"

    This movie is super fun, a totally '80s romp about Satan, soccer, and a computer ready and willing to help our hero perform a black mass. How can I…

  • Summer Rental

    Summer Rental 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 06 Aug, 2016

    One of the 10-15 movies I saw a billion times as a kid. Haven't seen it in probably 20 years. I still love it. I know all the jokes by heart, but they still make me laugh out loud. Good stuff.

    One of my favorite Alan Silvestri scores, too.

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye 1973

    ★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2016

    A horrid adaptation of one of the best novels I've ever read.

    I really don't understand what people see in this movie.

  • Deadly Eyes

    Deadly Eyes 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    D is for Deadly Eyes

    I knew I was in for a treat when I first heard about this movie and how the mutant rats were played by costumed Dachshunds. But I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did. These Dachshunds do not disappoint!

    Horror movies don't scare me most of the time, but I have a deep fear of rodents so these dudes really got under my skin. When they busted…

  • Equalizer 2000

    Equalizer 2000 1987

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2016

    Nothing but action, but unlike Wheels of Fire, this one failed to grab me.

    I did have pretty high expectations, though, because I figured Richard Norton would get a chance to do some martial arts. Nope!

  • Cat in the Brain

    Cat in the Brain 1990

    ★★½ Watched 27 Jul, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    C is for Cat in the Brain

    If you like decapitations, you'll get more than your fair share in Cat in the Brain; even a little kid gets one! To say that the gore is horrific is a supreme understatement.

    As a fan of physical FX I loved the gruesome decadence, but unfortunately almost all of it is from other movies. This makes Cat in the Brain feel like a cheap compilation movie, which I guess…

  • Turkey Shoot

    Turkey Shoot 1982

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2016

    The first half didn't really do anything for me. Kinda boring.
    Then the hunt begins, and it was better, but it just made me want to re-watch First Blood and Surviving the Game.
    Then the final 30 minutes brought out all kinds of machine guns, excellent gore, and bazookas, and it was a blast.