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  • The Man Without a Body
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  • Ma Barker's Killer Brood

    ★★★½

  • The She-Creature

    ★★½

  • The Glow

    ★★★

  • I Killed Wild Bill Hickok

    ★★½

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  • Ma Barker's Killer Brood

    Ma Barker's Killer Brood

    ★★★½

    To my memory, my family got a hotel room exactly once when I was a kid, on a vacation when I was around 10. My little brother and I were amped because a hotel room meant having access to cable TV. We were beside ourselves with joy clicking through channels, until we landed on a station showing Ma Barker's Killer Brood. We only caught the last 15 minutes or so, but that was a formative filmic experience for me. In…

  • The She-Creature

    The She-Creature

    ★★½

    Mesmerist Chester Morris terrorizes a quaint seaside town with dull mentalist performances, smug condescension, and a prehistoric gill creature who's actually a hypnotically induced regression of his mind-controlled assistant/slave Marla English.

    That's such a swell premise that it's almost a given that the actual movie will underdeliver. And it does! It's slow, repetitive, and bogged down by a truly weird, mumblesome performance by Lance Fuller* (Brak from This Island Earth!) as our heroic skeptic. I was intrigued by the truly…

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  • Horror Express

    Horror Express

    ★★★★

    Look, obviously when a movie starts out with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing on a Trans-Siberian train battling an otherworldly shapeshifter that eats brains with its eyes, eventually you're going to get around to Telly Savalas in a deep red smoking jacket beating the hell out of a Rasputinesque monk in a crowded dining car. Fortunately, the stylish execution makes up for the same-old same-old plot.

  • Don't Panic

    Don't Panic

    ★★★

    I mean, how does a grown-up man even find adorable dinosaur pajamas in his size in Mexico City in 1989?

    Oh right, the review... Uh... So as much fun as a Mexican Nightmare on Elm Street knock-off might sou-

    But for real, there were people involved in that decision. Like, paid professionals - consultants, wardrobe artists, the director - and not one of them found anything wrong with the hero spending half the film running around in dino jammies and…