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  • The Fly
  • Dead Ringers
  • M. Butterfly
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  • Don't Go in the Woods

    ★★★

  • Twisted Nightmare

  • Antropophagus

    ★★★½

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★½

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  • Don't Go in the Woods

    Don't Go in the Woods

    ★★★

    Finally watched this hilariously nonsensical semi-classic from the heyday of the slasher movie craze. The fact that it still ranks among the officially banned films in Germany (or ever did, for that matter) may be the ultimate proof of censors lacking any sense of humor. Random killing scenes and psychotronic human interactions do almost reach ZAZ levels of absurdity here – every fifteen seconds or so something REALLY bonkers is happening, while sometimes the relevant pieces of information are not…

  • Antropophagus

    Antropophagus

    ★★★½

    It's always great to revisit this neat little vacation movie, though the Greek (and mostly not so Greek) island locations are pretty much absent in the German Super 8 film version that I've seen now out of curiosity (it was released in the early 1980s for projection at home, before VHS became a thing). Of course, watching a ninety-minute film reduced to half an hour is a weird experience, particularly in this case, because D'Amato's picture relies so heavily on…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★★½

    It took me some time to cherish how exceptional this film is. Like so many allegedly sophisticated people, I too thought of Sleepaway Camp as "problematic" or "questionable" (like being uncomfortably challenged by movies was something to avoid), when I first saw it about 20 years ago. Little did I know.

    Although a lot of it might be accidental or unintended (two absolutely irrelevant categories in this respect), the standout qualities of Hiltzik's film are hard to ignore even if…

  • The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    ★★★★

    Frame by frame, the beautifully calm title sequence reveals every showable room of a rock-solid suburban house – the very same home Rebecca De Mornay will enter visibly disgusted on her arrival shortly afterwards.

    In the domestic thriller aka. batshit-crazy-person-invading-heteronormative-ways-of-life genre, this is on par with Fatal Attraction and The Stepfather, meaning it absolutely rocks from start to finish, with everything one could wish for: the perfect villain, the most twisted and vile ideas to drive someone's victims insane (such…