• The Killer Must Kill Again

    The Killer Must Kill Again

    ★★★½

    Luigi Cozzi's 1975 Giallo is a total tonal oddity, one that had me grimacing or giggling from scene to scene, feeling like a bewildering and comical nightmare.

    Opening with a very creepy looking killer as he plunks a dead woman in the passenger side of a car, then proceeds to get into the driver's side, then slowly grab her chest, and drive away, we know this is going to be full of some heinous antics....
    now cue those opening credits…

  • The Wraith

    The Wraith

    ★★★½

    Holy Hell, This is the most 80's movie to ever 80's!
    Bangs so hard it'll leave tire marks on your face!

    Yet another yarn pulled from the "What Even IS This Movie?" universe as there's a clear bad guy/good guy dichotomy and the Head Honcho Bad Guy "Packard" has one clear objective: Keri Johnson.
    She is his babe and no one can even look at her!
    Which is hard not to do because it's Sherilyn Fenn and she looks like…

  • Destroyer

    Destroyer

    ★★★½

    Karyn Kurasama's gloomy crime drama is surprisingly decent, kinda sneaks up on you with her knack for unveiling crucial info at the most effective moments.

    Nicole Kidman is Erin Bell, a detective and ex-undercover agent who discovers the head of a gang of bank robbers that she failed at intercepting is back and up to no good in downtown LA.
    This seedy crime boss, Silas, was also responsible for the death of her partner, so as it goes, a little…

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★★

    This is it, folks. My favourite Cronenberg film.
    The one that grows in size after every time I watch it.
    Its images stitched into my memory, its deeper meanings eluding me but rubbing salt on wounds I didn't even know were there.

    It starts with the origins of the Mantle twins as they become two well-regarded gynecologists, both masters and innovators in their field. Beverly is the hands-on inventor, the one who hides in the shadows, vulnerable and aloof. Elliot…

  • Body Puzzle

    Body Puzzle

    ★★★½

    Lamberto Bava's Body Puzzle isn't exceptional but it nails such an early 90's DTV Giallo feel that I really enjoyed it.

    The premise is nothing unique: a killer is murdering people and stealing parts of their body, some of which turn up in a widow's house therefore linking her to the murders. Enter the standard overworked detective who is ready to crack the case and let the calamity ooze baby ooze.

    Wonky acting, occasional bad dubbing, a mega cheesed out…

  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

    ★★★★

    Pascal Laugier's extreme horror flick is a savvy beast, one that requires commitment in order to get to the Other Side.

    Opening with a young girl fleeing for her life, covered in cuts and bruises, we are immediately informed by these images that this is going to be a wall to wall G.R.I.M. nightmare.
    We soon learn this young girl was in fact kidnapped and abused but managed to escape, we are then taken to the present where she is…

  • Streetwalkin'

    Streetwalkin'

    ★★★½

    Joan Freeman's 1985 glossy exploitation drama is one hell of a bad night in the gritty city.

    Meet Cookie, a teenage runaway in the big apple who immediately is swooned by Dale Midkiff, or how I like to refer to him - "Pet Sematary Dad". Fast forward a couple years and now he's her brutal pimp and manipulative lover as she lives in a crudbox of an apartment with her little brother and fellow prostitute friend Heather.
    After stiffing him…

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★½

    Ruggero Deodato's 1980 cannibal film sits on the throne as the King of this wretched genre. Never outdone, never outlasted.

    When a small crew of filmmakers disappear in the Amazon, anthropologist Harold Monroe leads an expedition to rescue them but after a series of gruesome discoveries only comes back with a few film reels they had left behind. This is their story. Cannibalism ensues.

    I can remember it just like yesterday, back in 2004 when I took the big bus…

  • The Bloodstained Shadow

    The Bloodstained Shadow

    ★★★

    Antonio Bido's 1978 Giallo is ... okay I'll level with you I cannot come up with something snazzy for this one.

    Opening with a woman strangled in a field in slow motion, off we go years later where a series of murders are happening in Venice and Stefano, who is visiting his brother Don Paolo the local priest, is caught up in the middle of trying to solve the case because this film is surprisingly low on police procedural scenes?…

  • Dream a Little Dream

    Dream a Little Dream

    ★★★½

    Just before the 80's could squirt out of existence, the two Cory's present us one last "Body Swap" flick and it's a doozy. Yipes. Hope you like the TUNES!

    Cory Feldman & Cory Haim are two bizarro "punk?" teen slackers Bobby & Dinger, who really enjoy cutting through the yard of elderly couple Coleman & Gena's house on their way to school.
    When these two old farts use their tai chi magic powers to experiment with body swapping, Coleman ends up in the…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Somewhere in the void between punishing inhumanity and beautiful imagery lies this devastating account of war.
    A terrifying descent into the cruelties that war exposes, that breeds with every act of violence, that leaves a child with eyes so wide and piercing that you're not sure if their soul has left their body forever.

    Elem Klimov poses this question to you: is it more horrifying to die within this chaos or to survive every moment of it?
    Leaning close into…

  • Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

    ★★★★

    The old reliable Demon Knight! As a kid this flick rattled me, flooding the screen with gnarly demons and captivating me with pulpy character-driven drama.

    Ernest Dickerson's creature feature for Tales From the Crypt really does go quite hard, earning its rightful place as one of the better 90's horror flicks. An interesting cast made up of Jada Pinkett, William Sadler, Billy Zane, Dick Miller, and a few other familiar faces are all stuck in a motel in the middle…