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  • She Killed in Ecstasy

    She Killed in Ecstasy

    ★★★★★

    The Diabolical Soledad Miranda. Surrealistic sex horror revenge complete with preserved fetus credit montage, plastic see thru pillow suffocation, stabbed penis mutilation, and Jess Franco getting savagely murdered on screen like only he can.  

    She Killed in Ecstasy sees Franco yet again reworking his signature themes, obsessions, and excesses while feeding off Soledad’s magnetic performance— and she off his his delirious cinematic iconaclast ‘fuck your narrative urgency’ persona... channeling the Vampyros Lesbos visual vibes while adding more organic cinematography and…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★★★

    The ultimate tropical undead jam. 91 minutes of Fulci travel log mixed with iconic grotesque gutmunching synched to the metronomic soundwaves of tribal beats and pulsating Fabio Frizzi, as Fulci immediately drops us into a Voodoo Undead Nightmare—filled with sinewy flesh ripping, shark fighting, headshot hospital deaths, Molotov cocktails, THE eye gouge of the century, throat shredding, and rising conquistadors... slow boiled before overflowing with a cataclysmic non stop chaotic armageddon final act as the world goes down like a…

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  • Eaten Alive!

    Eaten Alive!

    ★★★½

    It wouldn’t be an Umberto Lenzi cannibal movie without the addition of a Jim Jones cult and a bloody spiked dildo. There’s some brutal gore on display here... and Penis/breast mutilation also make an appearance as well. The Severin blu looks fantastic and the special features are quite good... honestly they’ve been knocking it out of the park this year betweeen the Blood Island collection, Jess Franco stuff, Joe Damato stuff, The Changeling, Horror at Party Beach (!!!) and the…

  • Man from Deep River

    Man from Deep River

    ★★★½

    Kicking off the cycle of Italian cannibal films of the 70’s and 80’s, Man from Deep River is tamer than what would come later, and as someone unexplainably fascinated with this specific subgenre I can’t deny this movie’s low key importance, flaws and all.

    Equal parts Mondo Cane and A Man Called Horse, this Lenzi jungle jam focuses more on story than the usual bloodshed (don’t worry, that’s here too, tongue cutting, pole lashings, murder etc—as is atrocious animal murders…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    There’s a lot to unpack here, and I’ll start of by saying my immediate reaction walking out of the theater was that I liked it, despite definitly having some issues... so I went home and let it simmer for a while... 

    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 The Shape shift through houses…

  • 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…