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  • Creep

    Creep

    ★★★

    Quirky found-footage thriller that has fun slowly revealing the psychosis of its central character. Mark Duplass is a compellingly off-putting and oddly funny villain. The movie generates some decent spookiness, like in one nighttime scene. Some of its other reveals are more successfully strange, like Peach Fuzz. The movie even seems to be mildly mocking the found footage genre.

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★★

    Took me a while to figure out that this is essentially a frontier survival story WITH DINOSAURS. The animation is gorgeous. Pixar is unafraid to go to intense places. Arlo and Spot’s relationship is touching and funny. The story is episodic, the protagonists bouncing from encounter to encounter. A dream sequence is a little too on the nose as well.

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★

    Every year, I endeavor to see a newly released horror movie, preferably in the theaters. Because, while Halloween is about revisiting old favorites, it should be about new discoveries too. Of course, I did see a new horror movie in the theater this season, “Dracula Untold.” But that barely counts. I had other options, like fucking “Ouija,” ugh. The horror movie I really wanted to see, though, was “The Babadook,” a new Australian film that had been getting rave reviews…

  • The Return of the Living Dead

    The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

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

    While watching “Scream” this summer, I spent a lot of time thinking about post-modern horror. Naturally, Kevin Williamson didn’t do it first. Dan O’Bannon, a hugely successful and influential screenwriter that never got his due in his life time, beat him by a decade. Originally designed for director Tobe Hooper, O’Bannon injected the screenplay with his trademark inventiveness and quirky humor. “Return of the Living Dead” is textbook post-modern, referencing “Night of the Living Dead” explicitly. O’Bannon makes his intentions…