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  • 3 A.M.

    3 A.M.


    Movies like this are the reason the movie gods invented 3-D Blu-ray players, since this would be mostly a waste of time in 2-D. I'm a sucker for horror anthologies anyway, and this Thai offering manages to go all out with ridiculous creep-out effects popping out at the camera (to such an extent that the 3-D technicians all get prominent billing in the main titles instead of the actors!). The first story is a competent but not terribly striking variation…

  • The Church

    The Church


    Michele Soavi's sumptuous Gothic horror masterpiece wasn't fully appreciated when it first opened, making a mint in Italy but being treated like just another throwaway Euro horror everywhere else. (It never even played American theaters at all, a sure sign of a culture in decline.) Today it feels even more precious and mysterious, a late gasp of fiery imagination from one of Italian horror's final maestros who would formally close the book on the golden age with Dellamorte Dellamore soon…

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  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary


    Wanna try something fun? Watch this movie in black and white. It's about 200% better and freaking terrifying.

    I decided I had to revisit this one in conjunction with reviewing the Unearthed & Untold doc, and it's still a commendable translation of one of Stephen King's darkest, most notorious books. Nothing got toned down here, incredibly enough, and it's one of the rare cases where sticking to King's exact style and cadence (a contractual obligation in this case) mostly works. (As…

  • Basket Case

    Basket Case


    A film that just seems to keep getting better and better with age, Frank Henenlotter's gory, hilarious, and oddly moving ode to brotherhood gone wrong is one of the all-time greatest snapshots of vintage, grimy Times Square and a midnight movie experience unlike any other. The new Arrow Video release manages to completely obliterate all past releases with a great restoration that brings back the original grit, grain, and darkness we '80s kids know and love, and don't miss the rare early Henenlotter short, "The Slash of the Knife," one of the most insane discoveries of the year so far.