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  • Killer Workout

    Killer Workout 1987

    Watched 19 Sep, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    K is for Killer Workout

    Man, and I thought last week's Jaws of Satan was bad! Killer Workout is pretty piss poor, and I love the '80s and its neon leotard aerobic obsession.

    Whenever I see a fun '80s montage set to a dope pop song, I think, "Movies should have more stuff like this." Killer Workout grants that wish, but in getting what I wanted I realized it was the wish of a fool. At…

  • Jaws of Satan

    Jaws of Satan 1981

    Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    J is for Jaws of Satan

    Lame. Anemic. Boring. These are some of the random words that popped into my head while watching Jaws of Satan. This is unforgivable! It's called JAWS OF SATAN, there's no excuse for lameness!

    The premise is literally snakes possessed by Satan murdering people to get back at a priest's ancestors who angered the Druids! No shit! But yet somehow the movie squanders this insane premise and tries to go the…

  • The Imp

    The Imp 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    I is for The Imp

    Starts off reserved, almost like a drama, but it slowly builds the horror to a stunning finale. Great lighting, cinematography and excellent sound design really help to sell the film's brand of creepy terror. It's very much a Hong Kong film in feel, but it's much more serious than something like the insanity of Kuei Chi-Hung (who released Bewitched the same year, my favorite HK horror film).

    Great supporting work from…

  • Headhunter

    Headhunter 1989

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    H is for Headhunter

    Oh man, I LOVED this. I have a huge soft spot for black magic/voodoo movies, so I don't know how it would play without that working for it (Not very well, judging by the 3-something IMDB rating!).

    It's really well shot, with great, energetic camerawork throughout. Lots of Raimi-inspired POV Steadicam, and lots of long takes that let the actors work. When this is combined with the Steadicam work, such as in…

  • 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.