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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★★

    vile, filthy manslaughter ground into a coarse powder and packed into your eyelids before they're taped shut; so completely unpredictable and off-kilter that it hurts your neck to take it all in. how do you make a cannibal exploitation film that's also part romcom, family sitcom, social satire, and farce? it's not that lightning could not be kept in the bottle in following up on one of the most taxing horror films of all time. rather, the bottle and its contents were swallowed whole, and the digested, electrified shards are pumped out for all the world to watch, or wince at.

  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    ★★★★★

    a wriggling, nauseating nightmare stretched out to its limit before repeatedly dredging out a tiny bit more terror, one creaking notch at a time. surreal, stiff horror that is both sleep paralysis and somnambulation at once.

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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★½

    it's very de Palma; tension is very precisely wound, and then very precisely it is all undone. yes, they're cheap thrills, and no, it's not Hitchcock, but you would be hard pressed not to recognize the influence it had on thriller/horror films of the 70s.

  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★

    alternately calm/brutal, highlighting the desperation of rebellion & the banality of the state. is freedom worth this? more worryingly, is domination?