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  • Darker Than Night 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    Movie #7 in my 31 in 31 October challenge and the second of my in theater double feature. Popped over to Muvico but passed on the 3D. Más negro que la noche isn't gonna add anything to the evil ancestor / haunted house subgenre but at least it keeps with tradition by allowing the atmosphere develop the spookiness. Really wonderful set design is the trick here and entertains despite the obligatory checklist of tropes. Not great yet quite nice to see a movie of this type get a theatrical run.

  • Annabelle 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    Sure, this might be The Conjuring-lite but it works better for me because it's old school, straightforward evil doll story with satanic cults and priests and children behaving badly. Simple. Plus that doll freaks me the fuck out. Hell, just sitting on the shelf is enough to bring the creeps. Agreed that this origin story is bit of a stretch to reach that craziness of The Conjuring but contained to its own standalone flick, Annabelle is fine. Admittedly I'm an easy mark for spooky dolls but I'd rather have more movies like this than another "The Possession of..." or "The Haunting of..." etc etc throw up.

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  • 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 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 2

    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.