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  • The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    ★★★★★

    This was my first Sergio Martino, and it was so unreal that I checked out 3 more of his films this week! The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh has the shocking twists and thrilling murder sequences that are key to a great giallo, but its enthralling use of ethereal flashbacks and a beautiful yet haunting score elevate it into the absolute top-tier of the genre. An all around excellent film and an instant personal favorite.

  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    ★★★★½

    I'm glad my first Fulci film was this superb giallo. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin was made before the director was known for gore although there are a couple of moments here that foreshadow it. The film's atmosphere is wonderfully psychedelic both through its trippy visuals and dreamy score. There's an abundance of hippy culture on display as well as plenty of gratuitous nudity to please fans of the sleazier gialli. Florinda Bolkan is fabulous in the lead role, and it's always a pleasure to see lesser known giallo babes Silvia Monti and Ely Galleani. I did not see that final twist coming at all.

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  • Freeway

    Freeway

    ★★★★½

    I especially love discovering 90s gems because with the 70s and 80s I know theres an INSANE AMOUNT of them out there lol but yeah Freeway is hype af! A dark and badass revenge thriller from good ole nostalgic 1996, and it's wicked hilarious to boot--like I legit fell outta my chair laughing more than once. Then we have Reese Witherspoon's performance which is an all timer like gat damn girl!!

  • It

    It

    ★★★

    I have to be honest that while watching this I just kept thinking how much I'd rather be watching the wicked campy, fun 1990 version with Tim Curry being the GOAT. I'm still giving this version a positive rating because the story is so good (obviously), it has a very strong opening, the climax is pretty thrilling, and most of the non-horror stuff with the kid characters and their relationships is well done.

    Too bad about most of the "horror"…

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  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★★½

    Congo has my vote for the greatest bad film of all time. Things that make it awesome include but are certainly not limited to: an outrageously campy scene where Delroy Lindo calmly requests then promptly and inexplicably shouts "STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE", murderous grey gorillas, silly Bruce Campbell, avaricious Joe Don Baker, charismatic Joe Pantoliano, The Lost City of Zinj (aka King Solomon's Mines with a more exotic name), Amy the talking gorilla, and of course Tim Curry's preposterous character, Herkermer Homolka, who is more obsessed with diamonds than anyone ever.

  • Imitation of Life

    Imitation of Life

    ★★★★

    I’m digging Sirk lately for sure. Magnificent Obsession was pretty sweet, but Imitation of Life feels much more ambitious and complete. The film as expected looks great in lavish Technicolor, and its multilayered story is very engaging. The acting was phenomenal with Lana Turner giving her best performance and of course Juanita Moore is the real star of the film.