Joshua Fialkov

Television and comic book writer, occasional podcaster, music maker, full time horror obsessive.

Favorite films

  • La Dolce Vita
  • Citizen Kane
  • Die Hard
  • Back to the Future

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  • Libido

    ★★★★

  • Deadly Friend

    ★★★

  • Revealer

    ★★★★

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★★

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  • Libido

    Libido

    ★★★★

    145 of 2022
    11 of June

    Terrific Giallo in the Diabolique vein with twist after twist after twist. Being in black and white (apparently for cost reasons) is a bummer as the art direction is spectacular. 

    It feels like a progenitor of the things to come in the genre despite not being all that far ahead of any of the core Giallo flicks. 

    Starts a little slow — has a very early 60’s by way of Polanski feel to it, but once the double crosses start flying it really gets going. 

    Watched on Blu Ray by Severin Films

  • Deadly Friend

    Deadly Friend

    ★★★

    Movie 144 of 2022
    10 of June. 


    Oofa. Some movies you can just hear the pitch in the room and the lack of questions being asked. 

    Like — should ET, the Terminator, Frankenstein, and a teenage sex comedy all be put together in one movie?

    The answer is no. Not even with Wes Craven at the helm. It’s interesting to watch his failures because while his successes REALLY work, his failures are… epic. SHOCKER comes to mind as nearly unwatchable,…

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★

    137 of 2022
    3 of June

    Harumph. This is mid-tier Cronenberg. Even a bit like a Cronenberg Pastiche for me. I think it was missing a lot of the usual reverberation of his work — especially his body horror because it hid so much thought in its entrails. This one has a lot at the surface and not much bubbling underneath. 

    I am super bummed I didn’t love it. 

    Watched at the Alamo Drafthouse

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★

    Movie #20 of 2022

    This is so much better than I remember. First off the cast is wild. Timothy Olyphant, Sara Michelle Geller, Portia DiRossi, Jada Pinkett Smith, Heather Graham, Josh Jackson, Lieb Schreiber- and a ton more. 

    As a kid the lack of gore was a turn off - as an adult - the lack of gore actually plays as a subversion. The kills are almost by rote, the engaging part is the “who?” and the “why?” Which oddly…