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“Try to speak plain. Saves time.” - Lefty Enright


Mostly horrorstuff, but otherstuff, too.

Favorite films

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Shining
  • Creepshow
  • Freaked

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  • The Spell

    ★★★½

  • Sole Survivor

    ★★★

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    ★★★

  • Alligator

    ★★★½

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  • The Spell

    The Spell

    ★★★½

    Do…do I prefer this to CARRIE? Is this actually a 4-star film?

    CARRIE is clearly the superior movie, but I think I prefer Rita as a character. She’s not some simpering catatonic, she’s got a voice. She has agency. This makes her more human and therefore more sympathetic. Susan Meyers (in an incredible debut!) is able to convey such hurt with her sorrowful, searching eyes, it really endears you to her situation. Just another poor soul, thrashed about in the…

  • Sole Survivor

    Sole Survivor

    ★★★

    FINAL DESTINATION meets IT FOLLOWS.

    The heavy themes the movie sets up early on—fate vs chance vs luck; aging, the inevitability of our own demises, guilt—seem to fall by the wayside as the movie progresses, instead retiring into a sort of straight-forward ghost picture.

    Still, it is unsettling and eerie at several points, with a few good jump scares. And the music is great—sounds like something Romero would’ve used, straight out of the Capitol Records archives. 

    Becomes a bit of an…

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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    The promoters got mad when Limp Bizkit played “Break Stuff” and the crowd starting breaking stuff? Get the fuck out of here with that shit. (I’m no Limp Bizkit fan, but what did you expect the audience to do?)

    At best, it’s a bunch of wet blanket millennial narcs complaining about jock rock; at worst, it feels like revisionist history. (And I say this as an avid detractor of rap rock/jock rock.)

    (One talking head is an emergency first responder…

  • Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

    Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

    ★★★★★

    Manages to be fascinating, terrifying, and heartbreaking all at once.

    Besides the Nikes and that recognizable footage of Marshall Applewhite—shorn head and wide-eyed stare, against a purple backdrop—my knowledge of Heaven's Gate, especially who they were as people, was incredibly limited. Thankfully, this doc is very thorough and uses plenty of old footage to tell their story.

    Plus, it uses some modern songs to unexpectedly great effect.

    Cults are fucking scary, man.