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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Irreversible
  • Hellraiser
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  • The Slayer

    ★★

  • The Dorm That Dripped Blood

    ★½

  • Candyman

    ★★

  • The Pit

    ★½

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  • The Slayer

    The Slayer

    ★★

    A film that looks as if it should be positioned alongside all of the other early 80s slasher films, but really doesn't quite belong alongside them. Rather than going for cheap thrills at every opportunity, it attempts to be carefully paced narrative, choosing a steady build and release of tension. Which, despite rarely being effective, is a welcome change within the slasher sub-genre.

    It's not really doing anything that different, in terms of narrative at least, to every other slasher…

  • The Dorm That Dripped Blood

    The Dorm That Dripped Blood

    ★½

    A by-the-numbers highly derivative slasher film that continually fails to stand alongside the films that it mimics. There must have been hundreds of slasher films released between 1980 and 1982, the majority of which are utterly indistinguishable from one another, each working from the same sets of rules and borrowed iconography. The only time it might differ is setting, one in a remote lodge, a college, an abandoned lodge or it takes places during Christmas or Halloween. These were films…

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★

    It's a bold decision to center the narrative around the victim, instead of the villain. Especially in a film that has a reputation such as this. For the majority of the film the titular invisible man has invisible motives. Our understanding of his supposed actions and crimes come from Cecilia, the ex-girlfriend of the invisible man. Who claims she is being stalked by him, from beyond the grave - the people around her doubt her claims, unwilling to believe in…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

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

    Horrific and ridiculous. Seamlessly switching between the genres of horror, fantasy and comedy whilst never rooting itself in any. The stylistic choices lend themselves to the narrative superbly, from the 1.19:1 aspect ratio (reminiscent of expressionist German cinema whilst also pushing that sense of claustrophobia) to the choice of film stock (turning almost all colour into an oily black, making scenery and locations look as if they were etched in charcoal). The low key backlighting creates thicks black borders and…