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  • Clawed

    Clawed

    ½

    In an article I found on a site called Horror Asylum, the director claims he was having a hard time finding a distributor because this was just too gory for an R rating. Yeah right. For starters, I highly doubt anyone actually paid to submit this to the MPAA for a rating. And then there's the fact the article was written all the way back in 2005 when this was still going by the title Sludge: The Terror of Bear…

  • The Burning

    The Burning

    ★★½

    At one point in time, I'd have listed this as one of the best early 80s slasher flicks but it hasn't held up all that well for me on a re-watch. Granted there's still some stuff to enjoy here: Rick Wakeman's music score, some of the summer camp hijinks and (most notably) typically great Tom Savini gore fx, especially that memorable bit where five campers get slaughtered in about a minute on a raft. On the downside, there's not much…

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  • XX

    XX

    ★★

    Yes, I know females making horror films wasn't so common 10 years ago. And yes, I know anthology horror films directed entirely by women are even less common. However, that novelty alone doesn't mean this should be graded on some kind of curve. XX is simply not very good. Had this been made by men, I guarantee it wouldn't have received much attention at all... let alone undeserved critical praise heaped upon it!

    Of the four tales, the strongest of…

  • Until Death

    Until Death

    ★★★

    The copy I got was titled Changeling 2: The Revenge. It wasn't until Iater that I found out this "sequel" has absolutely nothing to do with the first and is instead a misleadingly re-titled entry ("Per sempre") of the Italian cable TV series Brivido Giallo.

    A pregnant woman (beautiful Gioia Scola) and her lover (David Brandon) murder her hubby, bury him in a shallow grave and take over his restaurant. Six years later, her young son has nightmares about the…