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  • The Colony 2013

    ★★½ Watched 30 Sep, 2014

    Perfectly good apocalyptic sci-fi premise - underground survivors in a frozen world - and production values that range from good to great. Then there's a distress call from another compound, and it's zombies, right? I bet it's zombies.

    It's close enough, it's more your standard bunch of inarticulate savages who hiss and growl in hordes while trying to chop you up and eat you, etc. You know, reavers, ghosts-of-mars types.

    This movie places a lot of its bets on these…

  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 1984

    ★★★½ Rewatched 29 Sep, 2014

    If there's a four-star Jason movie, this is...no, I can't do it. I can't quite four-star a Jason movie. But it takes everything that worked about the first three movies, improves on them, and sets out from the gate with the intention of making a better movie than any of them, on every level.

    The first thing that's obviously different is a level of professionalism we haven't seen yet - just the sight of red and blue police car lights…

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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…