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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    ★★

    Film #21 of the Spooky Halloween Challenge
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    A cocky young millionaire named Dorian Gray sells his soul to a painting of himself so he would never age and remain young forever, which becomes to haunt him as the painting continues to age and age into a corpse the more evil Dorian does in his life. Sounds interesting on paper, as if done well, it could have been a haunting contemplation of life itself and the beauty of it.

    Unfortunately,…

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    Film #20 of the Spooky Halloween Challenge
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    I was told going into this movie to come in with low expectations. Apparently Smiler Grogan didn't think I would get into this low-budget zombie flick that's not flashy or kinetic like all the modern horror films.

    Um... this is a masterpiece and one of the most frightening films I've ever watched.

    Look, I enjoyed my first encounter with Romero with Creepshow, but let's face it, his true forte is sheer terror,…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Reviewing the Commentary #1:
    Star Wars- commentary provided by writer/director George Lucas, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), sound designer Ben Burtt, and effects director of photography Dennis Muren

    What I learned the most from this experience- Chewbacca's roars were provided by different bears, the lightsaber effects were provided painstakingly frame by frame via traditionally animated drawing cells, it took days for Carrie Fisher to get that hologram message scene right, Lucas' belief that Star Wars is not a sci-fi movie, his…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★★★

    Film #18 of the Spooky Halloween Challenge
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    Also part of The Essentials
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    After being absolutely blown away by watching this for the first time last Halloween, I figured I'd make A Nightmare on Elm Street a yearly tradition alongside Alien, Psycho, and of course, Halloween. What makes this horror film stand out compared to the rest is the complete originality of its premise, the serial killer Freddy Kruger killing people in their dreams, and the psychological trauma that…