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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★½

    "A lot of nutcases come out on Halloween."

    First time seeing this since it was in theaters. Also my first time watching the unrated director's cut, which is twelve minutes longer than the theatrical. As it's been so long, I couldn't tell you what's been added to extend the running time to over two hours, but I can say with confidence that no Halloween remake should be 30 minutes longer than the original Halloween.

    The strange thing about this Halloween

  • Home Sick

    Home Sick

    ★★★

    "Now, what's all this psychopath business about?"

    A super-gory, lo-fi early effort from director Adam Wingard and writer/producer E.L. Katz, who cameos as the convenience store clerk who, completely unprompted, tells one of the main characters that "This is going to be the worst Christmas ever." He is not far wrong. 

    I appreciated the giallo-like touches (e.g. the close ups of gloved hands, the masked killer) and Zombi's score. Some of the performances could have stood to be less arch,…

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  • Saving Christmas

    Saving Christmas

    This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:

    5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
    3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
    2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
    7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    What's that? You say there's a movie called Gaslight? Sorry, dear. Never heard of it. You must have imagined the whole thing.