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  • Hagazussa

    Hagazussa

    Gorgeous and unapologetically bleak. Ordinarily I love this kind of slow burn, isolated female character study (Aleksandra Cwen is amazing, btw) but, while I certainly admired this, I’m not sure I was in quite the right mood for it when I watched. Gonna give it another shot in a month or two, cause I think it’s better suited for the Solstice season and the cold winter months than it is for autumn / Halloween viewing.

  • Bliss

    Bliss

    So much red paint and blood! Takes the same “vampirism as addiction” tack as Only Lovers Left Alive and Thirst but puts its own feral, relentless spin on the subject matter. It’s great that the bloodsucking tips into cannibalism, because there just aren’t enough decent movies about cannibalism IMHO, and I love how squishy and crunchy this movie gets by the end.

    Dora Madison’s Dezzy is so unapologetically unpleasant I found it impossible not to love her, but also she’s just damned good in what had to’ve been an exhausting role.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I appreciate Jessica Harper’s performance more every time I watch this. Her Suzy is so sassy, and I love how she flirts with Miguel Bosé every chance she gets (but that it’s only ever flirting, and Mark is never in danger of becoming a hero who’ll step up to save the girl, cause she clearly doesn’t need saving). And I adore her casual-triumphant laugh as the credits roll, after she’s single handedly vanquished Markos and the coven like it’s NBFD.

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    How come I never find instruction manuals for summoning demons when I go on vacation? This movie is perfect: Hilarious and disconcerting in equal measure. Raimi’s vision and Campbell’s charisma (and chin!!!) are treasures.

    Grindhouse Releasing’s 4k transfer with Joseph LoDuca’s gorgeous reimagined score looks great and sounds amazing; Seeing it on the big screen surrounded by a theater full of horror enthusiasts who also love it to pieces was great fun. 

    (Knoxville Horror Film Fest, 2019.10.19)

  • The Uninvited

    The Uninvited

    A horror story that doesn’t know it’s a horror story. This is really good but the unexpectedly buoyant, effervescent tone is kind of jarring. It’s beautiful and well acted by the three leads (with Gail Russell turning in a particularly charming performance), and it’s a proper ghost story, it’s just presented as more of a romantic comedy than a gothic thriller. 

    Listening to Ben Mankiewicz introduce it on TCM, explaining that it really was one of the first studio films to treat ghosts as serious subject matter, made me appreciate it a lot more.

  • Häxan

    Häxan

    Knoxferatu 2019 at Central Cinema. With a brand new score composed and performed live by William Wright (who is some kind of musical sorcerer, I swear). Unforgettable.

  • Joker

    Joker

    A sad, selfish man who feels beaten down by life becomes a sad, selfish man who feels empowered when he uses violence to solve his problems. Not particularly deep or thoughtful but no less profound than any message Nolan tried to convey in his Dark Knight trilogy. 

    The overt nods to Taxi DriverKing of Comedy, and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer would bother me in a lesser movie, but Phillips has enough of a vision to make Joker compelling in its own right,…

  • Messiah of Evil

    Messiah of Evil

    Like Carnival of Souls if it had been directed by Lana Del Rey. Pretty groovy.

  • The Craft

    The Craft

    Adorable 90s baby witches are adorable. I enjoy this even though it deserves a much better ending than the one it gets. And that last scene was the perfect set-up for a “Wrath of Nancy” sequel that never happened but totally should have (cause Fairuza is awesome).

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Vince Gilligan wrapped up Breaking Bad beautifully but this movie, while not at all essential to the arc of the series, is a pretty sweet little afterward.

    And, as a card carrying Jesse Pinkman fangirl, I love that it’s now canon that he got to make his fresh start in Alaska. Yeah, bitch!

  • Beyond Re-Animator

    Beyond Re-Animator

    If your hero is the smartest guy in the room, all your other characters are gonna look pretty dim by comparison, so you’d hope they’d at least be likable, or compelling in some way or another. Beyond Re-Animator not only made me appreciate Bride of Re-Animator more, it made me miss Bruce Abbott’s Dan Cain, who was a great foil for Herbert West in the first two movies. 

    Jeffrey Combs is his usual sublime self this time around, but without…

  • Bride of Re-Animator

    Bride of Re-Animator

    It’s not terrible, but it is woefully inferior to its predecessor in every conceivable way. Worth watching once for Jeffrey Combs, but I probably won’t need to revisit it. Also, I don’t care how many comely young women this series hurls at Dan Cain, he is clearly in love with Herbert West (and who could blame him, right?).