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  • The Fly 1958

    ★★★½ Rewatched 21 Dec, 2014

    Sobering getting-old thought: as many years have passed since Cronenberg's remake of this as did between his remake and this original.

    One of the great "DUNT DUNT DUNNNNNNNT!" movies, this frequently balances between camp ludicrousness and sharp pathos, and to its credit, it doesn't often tip that balance. Isolated from the movie, its big shocker moments (which have been pop-culture reference points for ages) seem pretty goofy, but in the movie they're well sold. (that disembodied cat yowling from...somewhere? That was some creepy shit.)

    That balance does tip over at the end a bit; it kinda keeps flogging on the point, Psycho-style.

  • Missing in Action 1984

    ★★½ Rewatched 21 Dec, 2014

    Often derided as a Rambo clone, even though this came out six months before Rambo was really Rambo.

    I never knew it was filmed alongside its prequel with the intention of releasing them in chronological order; part of what keeps this movie from being better than it is is the vagueness of mission, as if anything sequelly about this might've been pruned out when they decided to release this movie first. Braddock sets out to rescue "the MIA's", but nobody…

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  • The Haunted Palace 1963

    ★★★½ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2013

    Whoa, a Poe/Lovecraft mashup, from prime Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price? Be still my raging boner.

    I don't often dig up my old Cavalcade Of Schlock reviews but I did with this one because I wanted to know if I'd seen this before. I had, and I apparently had quite a crush on the leading lady.

    Like in The Pit And The Pendulum, it doesn't start as a pure villain performance but it sure ends up there, Price throwing in maybe one part the well-baked ham to two parts the icewater in his veins.

    Debra Paget - worth crushing on.

  • Prince of Darkness 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2013

    Of all of John Carpenter's movies, this is his John Carpenteriest. Longtime fans can see all the points where he's homage-ing the shit out of himself and everything of which he's a big dorky fan.

    As a movie, it suffers a bit from promising too much. It's one thing to promise what it promises in the title, but the first 25 minutes are a stirring, profound-sounding discussion on the way "classical reality" breaks down on a subatomic level and that…