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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    There’s a lot to unpack here, and I’ll start of by saying I liked it a lot, despite having a some issues here and there.

    The first act didn’t jive with me, but once Michael obtained the mask, or for that matter anytime the Shape was on screen I thought it was dynamite, exactly how I’d want to see Michael Myers shift through houses if I were to make my own Halloween movie. The callbacks didn’t overbear me at all...…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    I can sit here here until I die talking about how much I love my favorite movie and it’s impact on both the genre and independent filmmaking, but instead I’m just going to ramble about how John Carpenter’s Halloween fell into my lap many years ago.

    I’ll never take for granted that during my favorite month, on my favorite day of the year, I get to watch my favorite movie and still be totally into it like I was the…

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★½

    Almost everything about this is so gloriously over the top it’s absurdly amazing. A staple of my teen years, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was one of the few movies I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be watching watching as a 9 year old, definitely filling my head with all kinds of emotions. Feels kind of timeless when I revisit it today, just like the source material.

  • Trilogy of Terror

    Trilogy of Terror

    ★★★½

    Made for tv anthology jam by tv horror maestro Dan Curtis, short stories penned by Richard Matheson, and a powerhouse performance from Karen Black in numerous roles. All three stories are enjoyable, particularly the first,  but damn that final Zuni fetish doll segment is an onslaught of screaming mayhem. Really happy his stuff is coming to blu, hopefully Dead of Night is next!

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    ★★★★★

    Grief and family trauma via years of built up walls and communication breakdown. Terror by way of Six Feet Under, mature and expertly directed by Flanagan with excellent editing and a top notch cast—where each family member’s body, spirit, and mind becomes their own haunted house. Luke hit close to home, very close, like me 5 years ago close, and there’s numerous moments throughout—especial heated dialogue scenes—where I felt really fucking anxious. Heavy stuff. Personally, I found the ending to be a breathe of fresh air. 

    I loved it.

  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★★

    As much as I admit to liking cheesy jump scares and sometimes dumb teenager based horror, David Bruckner’s The Ritual is exactly the kind of adult dread jam I was looking for: an unsettling, moody picture that’s both beautifully shot and well acted, all while drenched in a specific atmosphere that I f’n love. 

    Utilizing the incredible landscape for some truly beautiful images, Bruckner’s film (based on novel of the same name) mixes elements of things we’ve seen before, executed…