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  • The Great Alligator

    The Great Alligator

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 2018: Film #27/31

    6 films from the following: Romero, Cronenberg, Clive Barker, Terrence Fischer, Sergio Martino, Bill Lustig #8/6
    1 aquatic menace film as a tribute to Meg #7/1

    This doesn't quite live up to its amazing poster, but it's still a pretty good Jaws knock-off, even if the alligator can't even move its legs. Mel Ferrer rocks a cravat and comb-over combo with a quiet dignity most other actors can only dream of. Richard Johnson embiggens this film even further with a brief cameo as a crazy hermit.

  • You're Next

    You're Next

    ★★

    Hooptober 2018: Film #26/31

    1 film with Barbara Crampton in it #1/1

    Generic home invasion film with no atmosphere, unintimidating villains and annoying characters. Slightly less boring than The Strangers, but only because this one has a capable heroine and a Larry Fessenden cameo.

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 2018: Film #16/31

    10 'Anniversary Films' (Release years end in an 8, excluding 2018) #6/10
    6 films from the following: Romero, Cronenberg, Clive Barker, Terrence Fischer, Sergio Martino, Bill Lustig #6/6
    6 films from before 1970 #5/6
    6 countries #6/6: UK
    6 decades #8: 1950s

    Christopher Lee's portrayal of Dracula is so effective that it's easy to forget he's barely in this movie. While both Lee and Cushing are at the top of their game and provide the definitive…

  • Island of Lost Souls

    Island of Lost Souls

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 2018: Film 20/31

    6 films from before 1970 #6/6

    Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi are so captivating that the lack of music is only noticeable whenever they are off screen. This is still the best portrayal of Dr. Moreau, even if he never wears an ice bucket as a hat.