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  • The Trail of Dracula

    The Trail of Dracula

    ★★★

    One of the few Dracula documentaries that simply does what it says on the tin: follows the trail of the fictional character of Dracula from its antecedents (without overstating the Vlad the Impaler connection) through all of its permutations up to the present day. About the only major omissions that leap to mind are the Japanese "Dracula" trilogy that Toho produced and Jess Franco's uncharacteristically stodgy film version from 1970. Nothing flashy or groundbreaking here, but it does the job.

  • Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

    Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

    ½

    "The Day the Clown Cried" languishes in a vault somewhere, and yet someone saw fit to loose this atrocity upon the world. Kurt Vonnegut's novel isn't good. It's probably his worst. But it wasn't this bad. Nothing is this bad. Probably a movie about Jerry Lewis as a clown in a concentration camp during World War II isn't this bad. If you made prisoners of war watch this movie, you could be tried for war crimes.

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  • Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    ★★★★½

    I'm glad I saved this one for last, because it is definitely the standout of the four films in Panik House's "Pinky Violence Collection," featuring some of Noribumi Suzuki's most assured direction and just about the perfect mix of exploitation sleaze and social commentary. Reiko Ike gets a supporting role here and doesn't show up until midway through the proceedings, making this a true vehicle for her frequent co-star Miki Sugimoto.

  • Carving Magic

    Carving Magic

    ★★★

    This is the ur-text of meat cinema auteur Herschell Gordon Lewis, essential viewing before preparing your Egyptian Feast, Blood Feast, or other assorted feasts.