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  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober Se7en: 30/31
    Tobe Hooper Film

    Yeah, first time watch!! Well, sorta. I know I caught bits and pieces of this one years ago. Somehow, I must have snuck in at the slowest moments because I had convinced myself this was a boring movie. Yes, you read right- Poltergeist, a boring movie. Cue my stunned surprise when finally giving this a proper watch. Loved it!

  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side

    Poltergeist II: The Other Side

    ★★★

    Hooptober Se7en: 31/31
    2nd film of franchise

    At first, I had this firmly planted in the "sequels we didn't need" category.

    But then there's a possession scene with a worm, followed by a haunted garage, and suddenly I was way on board with it. Just a mad dash to a bonkers finale.

    Did we need it? Maybe not. Did I like it? Oh yes.

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  • Cargo

    Cargo

    ★★★

    Hooptober Se7en: 29/31
    Disease based film

    Zombie survival movie with emphasis on the family unit. I think everyone likes Martin Freeman, so that was a good and rather surprising choice for this role. He plays a father who is unprepared, but fully devoted to saving the life of his baby daughter from this hellish new world.

    A pretty easy task to get your audience invested in, because of course no one wants to see the baby die. And yet, it…

  • Under the Shadow

    Under the Shadow

    ★★★½

    Hooptober Se7en: 28/31
    Iran

    Excellent addition to the handful of movies that utilize the horror of reality to support the horror within the film. See also, Tigers Are Not Afraid and Pan's Labyrinth.

    Set in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War, a mother and her young daughter must contend with the effect of a missile attack and a supernatural presence. In some ways this is a typical ghost story, but its strong characters and unique setting help to distinguish it.

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  • The Golden Glove

    The Golden Glove

    ★★★½

    Hooptober Se7en: 23/31
    Germany

    This has gotta be the most disgusting movie I’ve ever seen. The physical violence is disturbing, and on top of that is a layer of filth that permeates every scene. It attacks all of your senses.

    Based on the life of Fritz Honka, we get a depiction of a serial killer unlike any other, in fact or fiction. He acts impulsively. He is sloppy and deranged. He is not intelligent or well prepared, has no charisma…

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★

    Hooptober Se7en: 24/31
    Body Horror

    Wastes no time getting weird. By the 2-minute mark, a space eel has materialized in a sea of neon lights and bites a chunk out of some guys face. And that is just about the most normal thing to happen in the entire movie.

    I honestly don't know what is holding me back from loving this and Re-Animator. Fully expected to be a big fan, but it just didn't happen for me.