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  • German Angst

    German Angst 2015

    ★★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2015

    Horror anthology split among 3 directors including Jörg Buttgereit of Nekromantik fame. There's no connective tissue here other than the pure desire to instill dread, which is what they discussed during the Q&A at Fantastic Fest. Each story stands on its own with Buttgereit's "Final Girl" being the most interesting and original of the pack, which involves a girl and her guinea pig. The other two are overly familiar tales ("Make a Wish" about swapping bodies and "Alraune" deals in seduction and the price one is willing to pay for pleasure). Decent overall just needed more spice between the violence and blood.

  • February

    February 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2015

    My kind of psychological horror mystery. The three young women that helm the film are excellent. Love that it's a familiar tale told in a different, non-linear fashion. Really love this movie. Great start to Day 5 at Fantastic Fest.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 3

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.