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  • 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.

  • Witchboard 1986

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Oct, 2014

    Five stars is probably overrating it, but I LOVE this movie. Wholly engrossing and entertaining supernatural horror.

    Can't believe it was Kevin Tenney's debut film, especially after watching his 2nd, Night of the Demons, a few days ago. That one feels so amateurish and naive compared to the solid filmmaking seen here. Two completely different types of movies, though. I really should hunt down some more of his movies.

  • Ganja & Hess 1973

    Watched 10 Oct, 2014

    I didn't really like it at all, but it's an incredible achievement of black cinema for the time. Tasked with creating a Blacula-type blaxploitation vampire movie, Bill Gunn instead made an allegorical arthouse film that's about as far from blaxploitation as possible; a bold move you just have to respect.

    Spike Lee's Kickstarter film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, is a remake of this.

  • Not of This Earth 1988

    ★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2014

    Man, this is some high level B-Movie shit. You need nerves of steel, forged through hundreds of horrendous B-movies, to make it through this one.

    The story behind the scenes is great, though. Jim Wynorski claimed he could remake the original film with the same budget (adjusted for inflation) and the same quick shooting schedule, and he did it! As an experiment, it's interesting, but as an actual movie it's kinda boring. It's not without its delights, though most of…

  • Night of the Demons 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Oct, 2014

    I wasn't really feeling this one until the 2nd half, which is pretty much non-stop entertainment. Demons chasing a girl dressed as Alice in Wonderland is as fun as it sounds. Dope Steve Johnson FX work too. I was surprised how trashy it was overall, though.