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  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Braindead
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Bride of Frankenstein

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  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

  • Viy

    ★★★½

  • Cursed

    ★★

  • The Thing

    ★★★★★

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    such a sweet spot in horror, not only as a remarkable sequel that comes close to surpassing its original, but as one that properly turns its villainous icon into an allegory for mental illnesses that fall on deaf ears while simultaneously upping the nightmare realm through phenomenal practical effects and a keen eye for empowering survivors without losing itself to fantastical cheese—quite the mouthful, and quite the feat. Dream Warriors deeply defines its characters and thus enhances the familiar slumberscape while…

  • Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    ★★★★★

    “Frat Row was no longer a street: it was a river. of BLOOD.”

    the quintessential cinematic definition of “so bad it is good,” to the point where it actually is good? the unironic decadence of Dude Bro Party Massacre III is irresistible, filled with perfectly-acted fraternity brothers being torn apart and disemboweled in the name of spectral brotherhood that transcends life and death. but, honestly, it is just stupid-great amusement. many lines are delivered with an expected dimwitted alpha-kappa-beta-sigma-esque demeanor,…

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  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

    sleek, commanding precision, breaching the medium with the newcomer-director’s sharp and polished eye for chills and thrills. Morricone personifies the titular “crystal plumage” so well, elegantly adhering to the crisp, razor edge when toying with subtle atmosphere and complete silence, while Argento injects the film with an already-developed/distinct sense of style—the entirety is fully-realized, almost baffling so. the voyeurism and mild camp is just the icing on this Italian cake of morbidity, layered with gorgeously twisted captivation of death, and…

  • Viy

    Viy

    ★★★½

    beautifully shot and wildly creepy in its unexpected culmination, and despite being perpetually off-balance because of this, Viy is one hell of an enticing slice of cinema from the 60s. a witch-revenge folklore that boasts the title of first and only non-silent horror film from Soviet Russia, Viy’s simple premise and deceptive introduction may suggest fantasy over fright, but its visual descent into madness is indubitable: the spins, the stop-motion, the conjuring of imps and skeletons; all lending a sweet,…

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★

    one massive benefit the Halloween franchise has is attributing Michael Myers to the boogeyman/“The Shape,” allowing the narrative and direction to ever-change and be molded into something different over the course of now almost fifty years, all while retaining the sinister, ominous framework of the original embodiment of evil. Halloween 2018, though a sluggish, and ultimately, lukewarm legacy sequel, was at least able to breathe fresh air into a new lens, showing promise for the revitalized trilogy—Halloween Kills shatters this into…

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★

    Carpenter’s cosmic meta madness. the film’s genre-referential structure is what simultaneously helps and hinders it: the awareness allows for satire and critique to drive momentum into amusement by way of cheese and layers-upon-layers of King-esque text coming to life and assaulting the medium, but it can also border flimsy farce that finds the narrative difficult to adapt to. luckily, the allusion serves more as an homage with a twist rather than dwelling in the then-trend, exhibiting the premeditated limitations of…