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  • The Stepfather

    The Stepfather


    Parts of this movie seem almost as quaint today as the 1950s sitcoms "Jerry Blake" watches would have seemed in 1987. Imagine: a world where single-income middle class families in the Seattle area all own palatial suburban homes, where a girl has to send a letter to a newspaper claiming she's working on a school project to find a photograph of a murderer-at-large, and where nobody can Google the mysterious guy they're dating to see if, I dunno, maybe he seems fishy or is using a false identity. Still, it's a delightful mixture of campy and teeth-grindingly tense.

  • Cub



    A fantastic slasher that, in my opinion, deserves to be counted among the classics of the genre. Like the best movies of its ilk, CUB is carried by creative, sometimes blackly humorous, kill scenes, effective tension building, and incredibly strong performances from both its main protagonist and its masked stalker. This is even more impressive given that both the aforementioned characters are children. Gill Eeckelaert deserves special mention for his wordless performance as Kai. His rubbery, emaciated body and creeping,…

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  • The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia

    The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia


    A charmingly off-kilter low-budget animated riff on the story of the Heaven's Gate cult that tackles depression, abuse, belief vs. doubt, cult indoctrination tactics, the human search for meaning in life, and the ways society fails people who can't fit into the established order. In less than 45 minutes! With songs! And a whole lot of absurdist cartoon humor!

    This all might sound disrespectful to the actual events that clearly inspired ASCENSIA's plot, but Philips &co. provide one of the…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter


    An incredible experience; the expressionist style is striking and adds to its fairy tale Gothic ambience. There's a surprising amount of moral nuance and unsettling psychological realism in here for a film made during the heyday of the Hays Code; I'm surprised and impressed that some of these scenes were allowed to stay in the movie. The part with Willa's body sitting under the lake in the sunken car, the wedding night sequence-- there are so many gorgeous and effectively…