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  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★

    Aims for a very specific territory of cult movie crossover but falls just short. Nothing wrong with a fun and poppy slasher genre exercise, just don’t expect the buzz of Jolt Cola from what is ultimately a caffeine-free Diet Coke.

  • The Babysitter

    The Babysitter

    ★★½

    Tries to nonchalantly sit at the table with better films that it’s very clearly trying to emulate. But forced style can’t make up for the fact that there’s not much between its ears — no matter how much corn syrup and Lip Smackers you smear on it.

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  • Sole Survivor

    Sole Survivor

    ★★★★

    Increasingly claustrophobic dread played with a subtle touch. Water dripping down over greying skin and the unshakeable feeling of shriveled hands tightening around your throat.

  • Sweet Sixteen

    Sweet Sixteen

    ★★★½

    If the Bobbsey Twins were plopped down in the middle of a standard, second-wave slasher. We get the occaisional messy knife kill, a clunky racial subplot, and some light sleaze courtesy of a rather healthy looking "15-year old." Throw in Dana Kimmell's second (sorta) crack at final girl and I'm ready for the birthday cake.