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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Five old college old friends meet to get drunk and discuss their annual vacation together. Rob wants to hike in Sweden, but the others all make fun of him. On their way home, Luke decides to get a bottle of vodka in a convenience store. Inside, Rob is killed by criminals when he won't give up his wedding ring. Luke is too slow to help and can only watch his friend be killed. From these very urban origins, the rural…

  • American Nightmare

    American Nightmare

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a movie that starts off in a way that got me quick. A prostitute named Isabelle (pre-Baywatch Alexandra Paul) is naked in bed, smoking a joint and trying to get a man in the bathroom to come out and make love to her. He keeps washing his hands obsessively while she apologizes for some videos she appeared in. The man comes out, gets out top of her and slices her throat open. In the world of exploitation movies,…

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  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    New York City in 1974 must have felt like the end of the world. Based on the 1972 novel by Brian Garfield, Death Wish was the answer. In fact, in many theaters, the audience stood up and cheered as Paul Kersey got his bloody revenge for the crims visited upon him and his family.

    The film we're about to discuss went through many twists and turns as it made its way to the screen. Originally, it ended with the vigilante…

  • Slumber Party Massacre II

    Slumber Party Massacre II

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    You can pish posh this movie by its title or the fact that it rips off A Nightmare on Elm Street or that it's ridiculous that it has a slasher who has a Warlock guitar with a giant drill at the end. Or you can just do what I did: utterly enjoy every single minute of it. Also, of note, this is the only slasher series to be completely directed by women.

    I never saw the original film and I'm…