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  • The Creeping

    ★★½

  • Thrilling Bloody Sword

    ★★★★

  • The Ones You Didn’t Burn

    ★★★

  • The Third Saturday in October

    ★★★★½

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  • Electric Dreams

    Electric Dreams

    ★★★★

    I'm sure I've been guilty of saying stuff like, "They don't make movies like this one anymore"--sounding like Donald Trump being nostalgic for Gone With the Wind and Sunset Boulevard after Parasite won the Oscar for Best Picture.

    The truth is, in the case of Electric Dreams, they never made movies like this one. This film is pretty singular in its inventiveness, finding a new way to tell an old story of boy meets girl.

    Miles (a rather bland Lenny…

  • Screamtime

    Screamtime

    ★★★★½

    Why didn't y'all tell me that there was a V/H/S prototype anthology film that plays like an Amicus slasher? Maybe because no one seems to have watched this nasty little delight.

    In Screamtime, we get a wrap around story set in NYC. Two guys walk into a video store in seedy 1980s Time Square (passing a Taboo II marquee and John Holmes poster along the way) and proceed to shoplift three VHS tapes. They take them to some lady's apartment…

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  • The Creeping

    The Creeping

    ★★½

    Chattanooga Film Festival 2022

    Film #9

    I missed this film at Panic Fest where it went on to win Best Feature. So I figured I should probably catch it here at CFF.

    I wished that I liked it more than I did. The whole film feels almost like a paint by numbers exercise. Everything is in the right place, but I'm not sure if it was worth the time or effort.

    We get an old ghost story here. A young…

  • Thrilling Bloody Sword

    Thrilling Bloody Sword

    ★★★★

    Chattanooga Film Festival 2022

    Film #8

    Wild wuxia fantasy film from 1981 Taiwan. Let's see if I can sum up the plot here. It's harder than usual:

    A princess is abandoned in a forest after being born as a deformity (she was basically in a weird cocoon-like sac) where she is "hatched" and adopted by seven dwarfs. Of course she grows up to be a beautiful maiden and falls in love with a prince who rescues her from falling off…

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  • Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes

    Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes

    ★★★★½

    100 Horror Movies in 92 Days

    Watched via Popcorn Frights Film Festival's virtual platform. I couldn't really commit to an entire film festival right now, but I really wanted to check out this film after reviewing their lineup (and this teaser trailer).

    Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes begins as a ghost story. A couple (well, really it seems, the woman within the couple) inherit a castle and have arrived to inspect it. They begin to feel a presence within the…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★

    100 Horror Films in 92 Days

    Gabriel really decided to defund the Seattle police singlehandedly.

    James Wan takes one part The Ring, two parts Basket Case, and three parts The Dark Half and throws all of that into a blender and gives us one of the most bonkers mainstream horror film in recent memory (outside of Ari Aster I suppose).

    I might have actually audibly gasped at the reveal (on a VHS tape no less). That visual will stick with me…