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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★★

    The pure distillation of teen horror - we know teens make great horror protagonists because life is a horror show for so many, every day. But no one can bring all the sordid details of teenage life more vividly than Stephen King, and De Palma takes a painterly approach to rendering that dark vision in loving technicolor. 

    Sissy Spacek is wondrous, channelling the wild extremes of Carrie White's nature with total credibility. 

    I had seen this as a young teen…

  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★★★

    Don't ask me how I got this far through my allotted time on Earth (vanity forbids me to reveal my true age, but let's just say a fair chunk of that tenure has been used up) without seeing a single Bruce Lee movie. I guess it's just one of those strange aberrations. But finally I managed to get my shit together enough to see the one Lee movie almost everyone seems to have seen, and what a thing of joy…

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  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    ★★★★½

    Flaws? Yes, quite a lot. It's a mess in... oh, so many ways. But what a glorious pile of mess this movie is.

    Goodbye narrative elegance. This script strains itself into three kinds of hernia with its attempt to navigate a pathway from Halloween 2 through to a Haddonfield with Laurie's orphaned daughter living with our new chaste and sensible teen, Rachel. Ever hysterical, but surely increasingly justified-to-be, Loomis is again ignored by another complacent shrink who decides to loosen…

  • The Boogens

    The Boogens

    ★★★½

    Would there ever have been a blu-ray release of little US regional horror film, The Boogens, if over the last decade so many people (like me) had become obsessed with seeing every single 80's horror film? Probably not - but I'm still happy with my purchase.

    To be honest, it takes a really long time for any actual horror to start happening in this movie. Sure, there are a couple of quick deaths which don't reveal the monsters, but our…

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  • Horror Express

    Horror Express

    ★★★★★

    So, figuring I was scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to Arrow Video's stock of period horrors featuring my boys Petey and Christo (Cushing and Lee to you), I grabbed this off the shelf and plopped it on for a bit of mindless comfort cinema of a Hammer persuasion.

    It took all of ten minutes for me to emerge from my stunned torpor enough to begin to get an inkling of what a stupendous little gem I…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober6 – mosQuito-thewinged-dragon-serpent #81

    Rule 5: Films featuring the work of Carlo Rambaldi - second of two movies

    I don't really know where to start when talking about Alien. I just think it's one of the greatest horror movies ever made - some might think it's over-rated, and that's fine because my love for this is a pretty subjective thing. I've always been a sci-fi nerd as much as a horror nerd (I'm ambinerdstrous) - so this movie just captured…