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  • Host

    Host

    ★★★½

    Clever, well-acted, and with a few legitimate scares along the way.

    It ultimately falls victim, however, to the usual "found footage" disease, wherein one is supposed to accept that people would continue to use their laptops/camcorders/iPhones/etc. while they are being tossed around the room with their lives at stake. (Honestly, if ghostly footprints are heading my way, the LAST thing I would be doing is transmitting it through my webcam.)

    Still, if you can suspend your disbelief enough, this is a lot of fun. And blessedly short, too. There are definitely worse ways to spend an hour of your time.

  • Happiness Adjacent

    Happiness Adjacent

    ★★★½

    Filmed on an iPhone, this was never going to win any cinematography or directing awards. But the script was solid and the leads were good, so it turned out to be an involving and moving 95 minutes.

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  • Witchfinder General

    Witchfinder General

    ★★★★½

    Brutal, bleak, bloody, and brilliant.

    If the sight of Vincent Price in period costume leads you to think this is just another campy, '60s drive-in horror pic, you could not be more wrong. There are no pits or pendulums here, no masques of Red Death, no Houses of Usher. In fact, despite the title, there is nothing supernatural in this movie at all. The only horrors present are those of religious fanaticism and sexual sadism.

    Personally, I see the film…

  • The Rocking Horse Winner

    The Rocking Horse Winner

    ★★★★★

    Though relatively unknown today, this is one of THE great British films, worthy of standing alongside those of Lean, Reed, and Hitchcock.

    It starts out innocently enough but grows progressively darker, with chilling touches of obsession, madness, and the supernatural. Where it ends up must have blown audiences away back in 1949 (and is still quite powerful today).

    Terrific performances all around: From Valerie Hobson as the coldly materialistic mother; John Mills as the kindly but complicit handyman; and John…