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  • Humanoids from the Deep

    Humanoids from the Deep

    ★★★

    Hooptober 666: 17/31
    1980s, Rob Bottin, reptile rampage film as tribute to Crawl, women-directed films

    Wow, they had a lot of fun with fire and explosions (at least 4) in this one! And boobies!! There's a poorly edited few seconds where the bikini top & sash of local beauty, "Miss Salmon," are first shredded by a humanoid, completely disappear, then reappear, only to be gone once again whilst she bounces toward the camera. Magical stuff.

    The blood and gore special effects…

  • Spider Baby

    Spider Baby

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober 666: 3/31
    1960s

    This cannibal orgy is strange to behold and the maddest story ever told

    I loved everything about this! It is full of terrific performances and so delightfully strange. Bonus points for the severed ear giving me Blue Velvet vibes.

    This was part of my Hooptober list from the start, but I selected it tonight in honor of Sid Haig. I've yet to see a performance of his I didn't love, and I look forward…

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  • The Banana Splits Movie

    The Banana Splits Movie

    ★★★½

    Creative, gory fun! I'm glad to be the kind of person who enjoys shit like this.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    HORRORx52: 13/52
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    Been waiting a long time to watch this (for no particular reason).

    I was fully immersed. It successfully creates such a feeling of anxiety and claustrophobia, I was on edge the entire time, and then it completely dives off the deep end.

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  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 666: 15/31
    1980s, films whose year ends in '6', Dick Miller

    Went into this expecting something else entirely! It's been on my watchlist for ages, but apparently I never read even the briefest of plot descriptions because I had assumed CHOPPING meant this was a slasher. Like with knives. But instead I get robots?? Hell yes.

    I was actually impressed by the 8 teenage characters featured here. Usually I get all the Brenda's and Todd's mixed up and consider…

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    ★★★½

    Hooptober 666: 18/31
    1920s, films before 1966, Lon Chaney, classic universal

    My first time seeing any version of The Phantom of the Opera (and actually any Universal Classic too, geesh! More to follow soon). I had a passing familiarity with the story, or so I thought. I expected the phantom to be a more romantic and sympathetic character, but no, he's just a villainous creep. Played wonderfully by the masterful Lon Chaney, I might add.

    Beautiful set designs, costumes, and makeup make this silent film a pleasure to behold. The masquerade ball sequence is transcendental.