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  • In Search of Darkness

    In Search of Darkness

    ★★★

    I'm the target demographic for these kinds of things, and I have no shame about watching all of them. This one is okay; the talking heads with the most interesting takes are mainly Darcy and Caroline Williams, but for the most part it feels like a VH-1 "I Love the '80s" episode (especially with James A. Janisse's delivery).

  • Friday the 13th Part III

    Friday the 13th Part III

    ★★★½

    By now, Parts 3, 4 and 5 have probably joined the triple digit watch club for me. The dopamine has worn those grooves deep into my brain.

    Part 3 is the most useless film in the original five (which to me count as their own canon before 6 takes us into an alternate timeline): other than Jason getting his hockey mask, the story doesn't move forward; it's more of an interlude for Jason on his way to meet Tommy Jarvis.…

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  • Terrifier

    Terrifier

    ½

    There is nothing to this one, nothing holding it up. Not even the simplicity of the simplest survival horror film plot. I spend a lot of time defending the slasher films of the '80s as being, despite what they may look like, about something. But this one is actually everything the mainstream critics of the '80s accused those films of being: a cynical shock machine of pornographic plotlessness and squicky fetishism, in which a misogynistic killer viciously butchers women whom…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    Mild spoilers (probably nothing you didn't already suspect)



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    This is basically Ari Aster saying to Neil LaBute, "Motherfucker, THIS is how you remake The Wicker Man! I'll even throw your stupid fucking bear in there and make it work!" There's also of course the familiar Shining influence, as well as a little Blood on Satan's Claw, and maybe even Holy Mountain, in the mix.

    Visuals are absolutely stunning, score is…