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  • The Redeemer: Son of Satan!

    The Redeemer: Son of Satan!

    ★★★

    Film #13 of Hooptober 5

    A strange slasher that feels like something that would have come much later in the slasher cycle - rather then at the same time as Halloween. As is slasher standard, the film posits the killer strange sort of morality, with his victims committing various 'sins'. But where Halloween and it's ilk used these 'sins' as something to get characters alone for them to be offed without alerting everyone, Redeemer seems to treat these actions as…

  • Bio Zombie

    Bio Zombie

    ★★★★

    Film #12 of Hooptober 5

    Bio Zombie feels like a lot of different things at once (buddy comedy, conspiracy thriller, Dawn of the Dead knock-off, amongst others) and none of these components are amazing on their own. But combined they make up a massively fun, trashy zombie film.

    I love it.

  • Deep Rising

    Deep Rising

    ★★★★

    Film #11 of Hooptober 5

    A super fun action horror from the director of The Mummy. It's full of dated special effects and is schlocky as all hell but god if it isn't entertaining.

    A pretty definitive example of a monster movie from the late 90's / early 2000's.

  • The Brain Eaters

    The Brain Eaters

    ★★½

    Film #10 of Hooptober 5

    Just watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers instead.

  • The Cat and the Canary

    The Cat and the Canary

    ★★★

    Film #9 of Hooptober 5

    A remake of the 1927 silent film of the same name, but with more of a comedic tone. Pretty fun and manages to be pretty spooky at times too. Very Scooby Doo.

  • Lord of Illusions

    Lord of Illusions

    ★★★★

    Film #6 of Hooptober 5

    I'm not really sure what to say about Lord of Illusions beyond that 'occult detective film directed by Clive Barker' is just the sort of thing that is right up my alley, and it's something that I wish could have spawned some sequels. Although with what happened with most of the Hellraiser sequels we may be better off without.

  • Son of Frankenstein

    Son of Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    Film #8 of Hooptober 5

    The second Lugosi/Karloff film of this Hooptober and a significantly better film than The Invisible Ray.

    Excellently shot and with sets that take a lot of influence from German expressionism, particularly The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which lends itself oh so well to Gothic horror.

    Karloff and Lugosi give great performances, with Lugosi being particularly sinister in the role of Ygor, and Rathbone does well as the titular Son of Frankenstein (or is that the monster).

    A must watch for fans of Universal's monster movies.

  • Final Destination 2

    Final Destination 2

    ★★★½

    Film #7 of Hoobtober 5

    An improvement over the first to be sure, with some great kills and a more engaging plot than the first. But it doesn't really feel like anything too special.

  • Prevenge

    Prevenge

    ★★★½

    Film #5 of Hooptober 5

    Pretty one note with a very minimal plot but the imagery and the sound design kept it going. Balances the dark humour and the ominous atmosphere very well, without sacrificing either. A neat take on the slasher film.

  • The Tunnel

    The Tunnel

    ★★★★

    Film #4 of Hooptober 5

    I'd be the first to admit that found footage is a favourite of mine Marble Hornets was one of the first things I watched that really got me into horror, and The Tunnel is a good example of why I'm so fond of the sub-genre.

    There's something uniquely effective about exploring claustrophobic environments through the seemingly clumsy and shaky POV of the characters.

    The acting in this is solid, and the atmosphere incredibly creepy, and…

  • The Call of Cthulhu

    The Call of Cthulhu

    ★★★½

    Film #3 of Hooptober 5

    I've always found adaptations of Lovecraft's stories to be quite interesting, particularly in how they choose to represent the indescribable. Knowing this, the idea of a Call of Cthulhu adaptation done in the style of a 20's silent film seemed novel. Forgoing the use of diegetic sound in the same way Lovecraft did traditional description of his Great Old Ones.

    The film itself if well executed, particularly the climactic scene, the visit to R'lyeh -…

  • The Invisible Ray

    The Invisible Ray

    ★★★

    Film #2 of Hooptober 5

    Karloff and Lugosi are always enjoyable, even if this isn't them at their best. Definitely a entertaining sci-fi chiller for fans of the two.

    The film does have its issues though, some of the scenes drag a bit, and the Africa scenes seem to only be in the film for some 30's style imperial racism.