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  • True Romance
  • Sexy Beast
  • The Italian Connection
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

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  • Greener Grass

    ★★★★½

  • Night of the Bloody Apes

    ★★★

  • Kaos

    ★★★★½

  • Hostel: Part II

    ★★½

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  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★½

    Is it just me or are Frank Henenlotter’s classic trilogy of 80’s horror films (Basket Case, Brain Damage and Frankenhooker) just genuine works of art?

    I initially saw these films as some kind of naughty, silly, fun but ultimately pretty lightweight entries in the annals of film history. And hey, I’m not saying he’s Kurosawa or Orson Welles, but I think these movies are something a bit better than that. I need to see the other two again, because it’s…

  • Metal Skin

    Metal Skin

    ★★★★

    In my late teens, grim but stylish nihilist films were very much in keeping with my own personal taste - yeah, me and about every other 18 year old dude in the western hemisphere, I suppose. I'm not sure how it played around the rest of the world other than being the film that got Russell Crowe noticed by Hollywood, but Romper Stomper was a big deal in Australia. Everyone was talking about it. At the risk of being so…

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  • Hostel: Part II

    Hostel: Part II

    ★★½

    I had hopes that this might improve on the original Hostel, if for no other reason than that the female protagonists were less obnoxious than the fuckwit dudebro's in that instalment. But this sort of annoyed and disappointed me in exactly the same way.

    My issue is that this seems to be a movie made by someone who has never been outside the US and who harbours insanely inflated fears about how lawless and full of peril is a place…

  • What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

    What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

    ★★★★½

    This is an absolute banger of a giallo / poliziottesco hybrid. As much as in his celebrated What Have You Done to Solange?, director Massimo Dallamano shows himself once again to be a prodigious practitioner of Italsploitation film-making.

    This is mean-spirited plotting right from the deeper end of the sleaze pool - pubescent schoolgirls are showing up dead with evidence of either sexual intercourse or pregnancy (well, both, I suppose, in the latter case). The crime plot centres around a…

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  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★★

    I committed a bit of a faux-pas. A friend of mine said he wanted to have a movie night and he suggested Blade Runner because it's his favourite movie. I'm not going to say no to watching Blade Runner, but I suggested a Philip K Dick double feature, with Total Recall as the B movie. Problem is, I sent him an Outlook calendar invite titled "Dickfest" which triggered an alarm in his work's security software and gave his wife a…

  • 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…