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  • The Sword and the Sorcerer

    ★★★★½

  • Django

    ★★★★½

  • Raging Fire

    ★★★★

  • Invasion of the Flesh Hunters

    ★★★

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  • The Collingswood Story

    The Collingswood Story

    ★★★½

    Podcast Macabre 2022 Challenge
    Film 16/52 -2000s
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    Shout out to one of my favorite new boutique labels - Cauldron Films - for shining a light on this little seen found footage gem. While clearly influenced by Blair Witch, this must have influenced Unfriended and Host years later. If it didn't, it still gets credit for being the first entire "shot on computer" found footage.

    Exclusively using "video phone" feeds this tells a simple story in a truly creepy and…

  • The Vigil

    The Vigil

    ★★★★½

    Podcast Macabre 2022 Challenge
    Film 11/52 - Blumhouse
    Best New To Me - 2022
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    A spiritual sequel the the Russian classic Viy, The Vigil concerns a former Hassid who left his insular community due to trauma (that's later revealed) and is pulled back in by a rabbi to serve as a Shomer for the night and make some much needed money.

    In the Jewish tradition a Shomer is the person who "guards" the body of the recently deceased until…

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  • The Sword and the Sorcerer

    The Sword and the Sorcerer

    ★★★★½

    This was one of my absolute favorites when I saw it on cable in the early 80s. I was a fantasy nerd and ate up any cinematic attempts at capturing the bloody fantasy glory that I read in countless books.

    The Sword and the sorcerer was special though. Sure, Excalibur was awesome, bloody, sexy and insane, but fantasy nerds like me drew a line between Arthurian tales and everything else, and SATS was the first I saw that incorporated great…

  • Django

    Django

    ★★★★½

    2022 Cult Movie Challenge 
    Film 25/52 - week 6 Spaghetti Western
    Best New To Me - 2022
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    Wow. Finally cracked open Arrow's magnificent 4k HDR disc of this genre classic and totally loved it.

    Frano Nero as Django is iconic. Charming, badass and just perfect in the role. Hyper violent, action packed and zippy at 90 minutes. So influential as well. I was feeling big El Mariachi/Desperado echoes here. The ear cutting scene here also must have influenced Tarantino.…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    Haven't watched this in over a year and a half and as I had cued up Cozzi's Black Cat and had time for two I decided to start with one of my favorites and one of Argento's very best. I have the Synapse 4K UHD and WOW. the picture quality was astounding. Super bright colors and perfect grain. Just so good.

    I was struck by how otherworldly this one is from the very beginning. Argento pulls from his Bava playbook…

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★★

    Best 2020 Horror - Ranked
    Best of 2020 - Ranked
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    Man I’ve been looking forward to this one.  With the exceptions of Synchronic and Tenet, this was probably my most anticipated movie that was left on the 2020 schedule.  Of course since there are no theaters or drive-ins near me, I had to wait until its VOD debut this week.

    I’ve only seen part of Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral and I dug it and have it in my watchlist to revisit,…