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  • The Invasion

    The Invasion

    ★★★½

    Watched this back-to-back as a double feature with the '78 version. I'm actually unsure which one I prefer.

    The '78 deals better with the body horror, and this one is unable to properly update the FX with CGI (some of it looks real shit now). But this one has heaps more paranoia and allows you to brush up closer to the invaders. Albeit with a much more happy-go-lucky positive ending.

    Nicole Kidman really makes this movie though (who's surprised?), and…

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★½

    A lot of this actually ages well, mostly the dialogue and character interactions. Performances from the main four are so good, and what an ending! It's great dialogue, and a lot of it is surprising, sporting a self-awareness and subtlety.

    There's also a decent amount of body horror wrapped up in the birthing pod people...unfortunately that human-faced-dog-hybrid is such a laugh now. Don't get me wrong, the idea is horrifying and explores the imperfections of the bio-invasion (!), but in…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Turns out I've never reviewed this which is unfortunate. However, I'm not surprised as behemoths of horror cinema like this become harder and harder to review as they crystallize into something larger than the film canon they originated from.

    The Thing is one of those horrors where any review grows to involve its impact in cinema. Its 5-stars incapsulate the movies its influenced, the nostalgia its bred, the pop culture language its created, and the personal connections/memories its formed...the ratings…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★

    Fucking bonkers, a sequel distorted through funhouse mirrors, especially that off-the-rails third act.

    In a lot of ways, Hooper has removed all of the grit and stark reality that made the first one terrifying and iconic. With all of that gone, the sequel's been injected with this bright campy comedy, and its easy to see how the film has slipped into cult status. As a horror, the only thing worth mentioning is that closet jump scare (!) and the forced…