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  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    There’s a part in the early portion of Candyman, the 1992 slasher film from director Bernard Rose, where professor Trevor Lyle (Xander Berkeley) is giving a lecture about folklore. He goes onto to explain how modern oral folklore is based on the fears of urban society. The exploitation of this central idea forms the crux of Candyman. This is a film where the central character, one we’re supposed to be sympathetic to, exploits the trials and tribulations of those living…

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★

    A horror movie usually has a good message it’s trying to tell beneath all the gore and darkness present. Messages such as, “A government’s greed will continue to fuel a disaster in the shape of a giant shark” or “Pay attention to all the kids at a summer camp or bad things will happen”. In the case of The Evil Dead, the 1981 cult classic from Sam Raimi, the message is clear. It’s “Don’t ever go on vacation in Tennessee”.…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    John Krasinski superbly crafted and executed this tense and suspenseful post-apocalyptic horror film. With very little in the way of dialogue due to the structure of the story, every word and subsequent sound has impact and meaning because the stakes are so high. There is also a wonderful sense of claustrophobia throughout the film even though the main characters live on a large farm. They are trapped by what's surrounding them, and that is always the foundation of a great horror film.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    A tense and powerful war film from Christopher Nolan that greatly benefits from its disorienting non-linear storytelling structure.