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  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    Let's Scare Jessica to Death

    I found the film to be as strange and compelling as its title. I liked the slow-drip setup of everything and found the cast to be quite convincing, but what really made this one work was that it kept jumping across various horror sub-genres from act to act in a way that would have been harder to pull off in less competent hands. Zohra Lampert is great throughout and the scenes she shares with Mariclare Costello are especially unnerving. If you are looking for something that’s more moody and creepy than gross or grisly, this is a great pick.

  • The House of the Devil

    The House of the Devil

    I've seen this one pop up on a lot of "great horror films of the last decade" lists over the years and I don't think I've seen a Ti West film before...and I know people like him...so I was optimistic. Despite some strong acting performances (especially Greta Gerwig!), this one didn't really come together for me. The setup works well to create mood, but too much of the middle of the movie is taken up with the main character wandering…

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  • Dreams

    Dreams

    Beautiful, surreal, contemplative, thought-provoking, devastating, and artful - this is a masterpiece film. The "anthology of stories" approach works well to justify the presentation of a wide ranging set of both narrative and visual ideas, and the best scenes in the film rival the best work of folks as diverse as Jodorowski, Ford, Bergman, or Kurosawa's own better-known early filmmaking landmarks. More than many directors' "late-era" films, this one strikes me as especially accomplished, representative of a lifetime of studying the craft. Not to be missed...

  • Möbius

    Möbius

    This is the second short film I have watched this month, and it is a very Lynchian take on a Greek myth, set in the present day. There's some heavy gothic and macabre vibes, and it really feels like a series of short vignettes/meticulous shots strung together to produce an unsettling effect...it is about mood more so than it is a plot-driven suspenseful/horrific narrative experience. Worth a watch.