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  • Cemetery Man
  • Paths of Glory
  • Mad Dog and Glory
  • Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

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  • The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★★

  • The Boogey Man

    ★★★½

  • The Spiral Staircase

    ★★★★

  • An Extraordinary Dislocation

    ★★★★

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  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★★

    After The Devils I was curious what Ken Russell might do with a more straightforward horror movie. This is less feverishly perverse and horny but that’s not saying much. Kind of feels like a pornographic British X-Files episode.

  • The Boogey Man

    The Boogey Man

    ★★★½

    I think Ulli Lommel was a talented director and this film in particular has a lot of striking images. But as with a lot of cult auteurs, his filmmaking has an awkwardness that gives it a certain alien quality, and that combined with the sleaziness here makes The Boogey Man more unsettling than it would be on the basis of the horror premise alone. Brings me back to the video store days when “bad” horror movies seemed so much more threatening because, without having reams of backstory available online, you really got an unsanitary sense of not knowing where these things had come from.

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  • White Man's Burden

    White Man's Burden

    This movie’s gimmick is that the social hierarchy of white people and black people is reversed, but the problem is that the story underneath that gimmick is already a role reversal, with the oppressed white guy turning the tables by kidnapping his wealthy black oppressor. So you end up with a movie about a black guy being continually threatened and abused by various white people, which isn’t much of a role reversal at all.

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    I don’t think Seattle police should keep arrestees in a stage production about a ‘70s women’s prison. Seems inhumane