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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Finally saw my favorite movie ever on the big screen the other night.

    Can't get over how astonishingly good the film looks, even after nearly 40 years of age, and how to this day, contains so many memorable setpieces and visuals... It's no wonder why it's considered one of the most important landmarks in both the sci-fi and horror genres. Also can't get over how great the performances are (particularly Ian Holm as Ash), and from everyone in the cast,…

  • Valhalla Rising

    Valhalla Rising

    ★★★½

    Valhalla rising, upon rewatch, is a bit of a mixed-bag. On one hand, despite being a period piece, its stark, dreamlike minimalism suggests shades of the fantastic and the mood that brings forth is one that I really dig. But on the other hand, the amped up violence and crappy digital blood squibs feel a bit grindhouse-ish and unnecessarily indulgent. I'm all for depicting violence in a grim and non-romanticized way, but there comes a point when it becomes distracting…

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  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★★

    Hoop-Tober 3.0: Film #2

    Did another quick illustration for this one! Won't be able to do this for every entry, but if I feel compelled to do it for a particular film, I will!

    nathanandersonart.tumblr.com/post/150527688454/no-tears-please-its-a-waste-of-good-suffering

    Getting the most 'fresh in my mind' rewatches out of the way first. Hellraiser is a bit frustrating to me. On one hand, it's one of the most unique franchise-starters in horror history, boasting some incredible character and creature designs, has excellent seedy atmosphere and…

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★½

    Hoop-Tober 3.0: Film #19

    Possible spoilers abound:

    People seem to attribute Carpenter's 1978 hit Halloween to be the slasher genre's progenitor, without realizing that Black Christmas came out 4 years prior. I feel Black Christmas ultimately contributed more to the sub-genre than Halloween, while simultaneously being more inventive, intelligent and unsettling. Though Halloween's high-point is its excellent atmosphere, Black Christmas is a very sharply written and comedy-infused horror, much like Landis' incredible An American Werewolf in London. Black Christmas is…