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  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    ★★★½

    Hoop-tober! 4.0 screening -- No. 10

    Genuinely eccentric but in the end it just has trouble sustaining its own mysterious momentum. I don't think it's bad, just incomplete or unfocused somehow. Maybe it's Blatty who just doesn't have much feel as a director. He can create a sense of unease but has real trouble with anything beyond. Many of the same issues I had with the odd rhythm and unfocused weirdness of The Ninth Configuration are present here. In the end, I think it does find an interesting atmosphere but can't do a whole lot with it.

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★½

    Friedkin, in his follow-up to The Exorcist, takes every single bit of capital he has accrued from that hit and throws it into an insanely dark and foreboding existential horror film. The demons that inhabit our characters here cannot be exorcized and, even though annihilated in the end, have already left their scars across the globe.

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  • Dogville

    Dogville

    Lars von Trier: Knock knock.
    Me: Who's there?
    LvT: Sadness.
    Me: Sadness, who?
    LvT: I hate America.

  • The Seventh Victim

    The Seventh Victim

    ★★★★½

    Hoop-tober! 2.0 screening - No. 04
    also Night Movies noir screening - No. 32

    A strange, sinister and ultimately melancholy descent into urban loneliness and despair, The Seventh Victim is really unlike any other movie from this era, even the other films in the Val Lewton cycle. Where movies like I Walked with a Zombie or Cat People were unsettling by the realization of the supernatural world invading the physical world, The Seventh Victim actually slowly removes the supernatural altogether…