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  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Bone-chillingly scary and jaw-droppingly terrifying, The Exorcist is a brilliant watch even five decades later. The effects still hold up, the scares still land, and there's something universally skin-crawly about this film. It maintains its spot in the horror canon for a reason, and I think it’ll stay there for fifty more years to come.

    However.

    While I'm almost always the first in line to defend a film for being of its time, there's something icky about this to me, and not…

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The thing that makes the original Halloween so scary is that it could happen to you.

    Turning something mundane into something terrifying may seem like an obvious goal for horror movies, and loads of them do it well. How many times do you need to hear “so and so did for this what Psycho did for showers” before you start thinking that a wash at the Bates Motel might not be such a bad idea after all? 

    However, Halloween, and to lesser…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    The kicker of Nightcrawler is that nothing and no one discourages Louis from becoming what he does. Sure, he’s unempathetic and calculating, but he’s enabled every step of the way. Bloom may be the sociopath, but he’s paid for it all the same. The news crew, the public, us — we all want to see what he’s selling.

  • ParaNorman

    ParaNorman

    ★★★½

    “There's nothing wrong with being scared, as long as it doesn't change who you are.” 

    Laika makes magic.

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  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★★½

    Yeah I don’t know, something about this really clicked with me. Premise is great, Hannibal and the rest of cast are solid, and there’s a lot of heart that, for me, wasn’t too over the top. I’m a sucker for a story about never growing up.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    ★★★½

    I have absolutely no idea how to rate this film. I hated it and I loved it. I thought it was incoherent trash and I thought it was perfectly crafted cinema. It’s truly one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. The only things I’m sure of are that Johny Depp is wickedly talented and that Hunter S. Thompson was damn near brilliant behind a typewriter.

    Summer Watchlist Purge: 13/60.