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  • Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

    Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

    ★★½

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    Film #3 of 40 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
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    Lilly: [about favorite movies] "How 'bout it, Riff?"
    Riff: "Ones with tits and blood."

    SLEEPAWAY CAMP III: TEENAGE WASTELAND is even dumber than its predecessor, and the kills have been heavily censored by the MPAA. At least Angela is crazy as ever, and she even raps in this one! Great stuff. All in all, though, this is a mediocre '80s slasher with some creative kills and nice nudity, but nothing too spectacular. [add a half-point for the unrated version]

  • Night of the Bloody Apes

    Night of the Bloody Apes

    ★★½

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    Film #2 of 40 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
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    A totally bizarre mishmash of female wrestling, mad scientist elements, gratuitous nudity, real open-heart surgery footage (!), crappy monster effects, ridiculous dialogue, cheesy gore, and Ed Wood–esque filmmaking. It's overall not as much fun as you might expect, but nonetheless worth checking out if you're in the mood for some schlock.

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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★

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    Film #1 of 40 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
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    Imagine how freakin' awesome this movie (and especially the finale) could've been with practical effects by Screaming Mad George or Rob Bottin. Sadly, though, IT: CHAPTER TWO relies way too much on CGI and cheap jump scares. That's incomprehensible to me, particularly because Bill Skarsgård once again delivers a disturbingly effective, insanely impactful performance as Pennywise. Great casting overall, and a neat set design, but again, I prefer the more subtle, psychological horror - specifically considering its novel.

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★

    Rob Reiner's classic Stephen King adaptation relies on its moody atmosphere, and the interaction of the characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo. It's a melancholic and nostalgic tale about friendship, destiny, grief, and the loss of innocence. The plot isn't the most enthralling, yet it deals with timeless and important themes.