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  • Blade

    Blade

    ★★★★

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

    "You better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar coated topping. There is another world beneath it, the real world. And if you want to learn to survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger."

    This speech precedes the release of The Matrix by about six months. Complain about the CGI, one-liners, and thin (though well-acted) villain all you like: Blade is gritty, bloody, and rife with class/race struggles all wrapped in the trappings of…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

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    I somehow managed to avoid spoilers for this film in the wait for the Japanese release. I'm very confused as to the copious amount of negative reviews.

    Covenant achieves two things that Prometheus failed to do; first, to have characters making believable decisions, and second, to make the moviegoing experience uncomfortable for men once more. The first point is achieved in the fact there are no categorically ridiculous moments like Meredith Vickers not thinking to run a different direction.

    As…

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  • In Search of Darkness

    In Search of Darkness

    ★★★

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

    Okay. This is, undoubtedly, an excellent overview year by year of 80s horror with attention paid to SFX and the creative process. The attention to cover art, the background stories of character work, and the obvious delight so many of the speakers have discussing horror is fantastic. 

    Also, love every appearance by James A. Janisse even though I expected him to conclude his knowledgeable commentary with “that’s nice.”

    But.

    The segments on the final girl (mostly dismissing the concept) and…

  • Host

    Host

    ★★★★

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

    As a horror fan/scholar, as a champion of found footage, and as a Spiritualist, let me tell you — this is damn good.

    Host is desktop horror, as I’ve previously written about elsewhere, but with an undeniable immediacy due to the use of Zoom and production during quarantine. The static image of empty rooms? Terrifying. The possibility of communicating with the beyond and bringing the unwanted forward? A fear from time immemorial. 

    It really stands out that the men in this…

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  • Hell House LLC

    Hell House LLC

    ★★★★½

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

    A found footage film that has two major things going for it: a believable premise for the format, and consistent privileging of creepiness over jump scares.

    Hell House LLC is another one of those "see what happens to people who leave NYC and dare to venture to other parts of the state" films that always entertains me as a Central New Yorker. Sara's early complaint that in NYC one can leave a creepy place and get a slice of pizza…

  • The Pact

    The Pact

    ★★★

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    This film works well for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to some deliberate pacing choices and cinematography that induce a constant sense of unease.

    It takes a lot to craft an effective haunted house film, especially one that successfully unfolds at a gradual pace. The Pact may not be for everyone, but despite some of the setbacks (especially plot holes), this is worth a watch.