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  • Vampires

    Vampires

    ★★★★

    While this isn't my favourite Carpenter film, it's definitely in the top 5 - I love the ultra-violent, almost sadistic take on vampire hunters. 
    This is an 'American' vampire film. Carpenter examines the late-20th century male obsession with guns and violence then places it amongs very 17th century vampires. The blend is a great thrill ride filled with blood, explosions, swearing, sexuality and general debauchery.
    It's a great blend of western and horror - and it's (in my opinion) the last great Carpenter film.

  • Hocus Pocus

    Hocus Pocus

    ★★★½

    This is always a fun watch around Halloween. It's fast-paced, funny and visually interesting.
    This movie is filled with Halloween iconography. Every scene has pumpkins, fog, tombstones, cauldrons and cobwebs.
    The three leads really ham it up as witches, and they are a joy to watch. Especially Midler who is giving 110% and chewing the scenery every second she's on screen. 
    The script is interesting, with lots of nods to other horror films. The writers wisely limit the story to one town over one night which makes this an easy watch every October!

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  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★★★

    There are very few genuine game-changers in cinema, let alone art. Jaws, Star Wars and Psycho all created major changes in the way films were made and experienced. 
    This film is, without a doubt, a cinematic game-changer. Whether you enjoy it or not, you cannot deny the seismic impact this film had on how movies were marketed and made. It not only launched the 'found footage' genre (Cannibal Holocaust is not entirely found footage) but it simultaneously created viral marketing.…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★★

    Really fun! This was like a spin-off from The Fifth Element. Not quite as good as that film, but has enough frenetic-action and off-the-wall characters to be a great time at the movies. 
    All that aside, I think we all know who the real breakout star is here... Cara Delevigne's mesmerizing eyebrows...