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  • Tales of Halloween

    Tales of Halloween

    ★★★

    [#32] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    From the moment that amazing title sequence hits, reminiscent of Game Of Thrones’ title sequence, but set in the suburbs, crossed with a pop-up book, overlaid with a Goosebumps-like theme, I felt completely under Tales Of Halloween's spell. The setting and styling are a joy, from the pumpkins to the parade of trick-or-treaters. Sadly Tales Of Halloween doesn’t quite live up to the aesthetic, the tales are scatter-shot in terms of quality. With the chilling parable…

  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★★

    [#31] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    I have a huge soft spot for mall-set horror movies, and Jim Wynorski’s Chopping Mall hits that sweet spot. The vapid, paper-thin premise of teenagers being locked overnight in a shopping mall that’s trialling a new security system is clearly an excuse to justify some awesome scenes of robots murdering teens. Chopping Mall is so typical of the period; it all goes downhill for the teens after a few saucy scenes, kitsch laser effects aplenty. With…

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  • What Have You Done to Solange?

    What Have You Done to Solange?

    ★★★★

    [#09] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    Massimo Dallamano’s What Have You Done To Solange? is teeming with deception, and secrets. Fabio Testi plays Enrico, a teacher at a college who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after a string of his students are found butchered. There’s a grisly symbolism to the way the girls are murdered and the motive behind the killings. The mystery is complexly woven, engaging in the drip feed of information and events, so much so that we don’t…

  • Mill of the Stone Women

    Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★★★

    [#14] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    There are some films you just know you’re going to love. From the moment I became aware of Mill Of The Stone Women, I knew this would be a film that would resonate with me. I felt drawn to it, the film’s title, artwork, synopsis and trailer, each propelling me further under its spell. The rural gothic setting, the decrepitude of the Mill itself and the creaking mechanisms, the macabre carousel and it’s dark secret, the…