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  • The Mangler

    The Mangler

    ★★

    Film #15 of Hooptober 4.0: Revenge of the Hoop

    There are certainly some bad film adaptation's of Stephen King's stories, and worse ones than The Mangler. But few of them actively revel in how bad they are more than Tobe Hooper's take on King's short story about a demonically-possessed industrial laundry folder. There's value in that, to be fair. Hooper adds a ton of camp value to this tale in his direction and work with the script, which he co-wrote…

  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★½

    Film #14 of Hooptober 4.0: Revenge of the Hoop

    John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness has its share of dedicated fans, and I can understand why. It's the very definition of a cult film, a weird and daring movie with an ambitious premise and plenty of memorable images to go around. The overlap between religion and science is a fertile ground for a horror film. This film's premise, combining theoretical physics with the ideas of God and Satan, had a ton…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    "What a lovely day" is Mad Max: Fury Road's most marketed phrase, but the one that most exemplifies it is "We are not things." This fourth film in the famous Australian franchise is a $150 million arthouse post-apocalyptic spaghetti western, and a fabulous one at that. George Miller is as good as he's ever been behind the camera with this intense experience that turns many elements of the action genre on its head. The acting is top-notch -- including from…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★★

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…