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  • The Horror of Party Beach

    The Horror of Party Beach

    ★★

    Ho-boy, this movie. If you like your fishmen to look like they're trying to fit as many hotdogs in their mouths as possible, then have I got a movie for you?!
    This is a very clunky "teen" Horror film with lots of not-good Rock & Roll being played along with lots of really bad ADR.
    Killing ocean-based fishmen with sodium seems...odd.
    Oh, and there's a pretty racist maid character who feels like she's out of a movie from 20 years earlier. Yikes.
    It's much better with the MST3K folks. Yes, I've seen it without them. Yet, it's still pretty tedious, even with their help.

  • The Velvet Vampire

    The Velvet Vampire

    ★★½

    This film is super weird. The ending takes a very, very odd turn that really doesn't track. There are strange dream sequences and generally a very non-Roger Corman production vibe to the whole thing. It almost felt like Jean Rollin sat in on some production meetings. It's too bad Stephanie Rothman didn't direct many more films. There are elements of this one that make me think she could have created some really wild films in the early 80s. The biggest…

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  • Attack of the Crab Monsters

    Attack of the Crab Monsters

    ★★★

    A really odd film. It's not good, but it's strange enough to be entertaining. Chock full of classic mid-Century nuclear anxiety and weird science. Fun stuff. There's actually some creepy, weird ideas, though it's fairly silly.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★½

    (First Viewing) I'm torn. On the one hand, I'm a HUGE Science Fiction nerd. And I've loved Star Wars (among other universes) since I can remember. On the other hand, Star Wars leans much more into the realms of Fantasy than I tend to enjoy, nostalgic trips have become largely empty and dissatisfying for me lately, and there hasn't been a really good Star Wars movie since 1980. I didn't feel as burned by "The Phantom Menace" as many, but…