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  • Vengeance of the Zombies

    Vengeance of the Zombies

    ★★★

    This movie is like an occult giallo, with all kinds of different themes piled on top of each other. It’s all too bonkers to not be entertaining. Between the main character played in brownface and the seemingly last-minute zombie makeup, many parts of the movie feel like a bad frat house halloween party. But there are also some cool occult dream sequences, trippy wide-angle photography, and one scene were a zombie kills someone with a beer can … so I…

  • The Slaughter of the Vampires

    The Slaughter of the Vampires

    ★★

    Some nice black and white photography, with cool lighting and entertaining gothic melodrama, but it’s basically just another forgettable Italian vampire flick with a cookie-cutter storyline.

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  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★

    This movie is close to the pinnacle of practical special effects. The animatronic T-Rex is still damn impressive almost 30 years later – assisted with some great sound design to boot. The choice to film the iconic cup-of-water scene in the dark and rain probably helped hide some of the seams between the practical and digital effects, but it also makes for some next-level atmosphere. Same goes for the dark kitchen scene.

    The computer effects do sometimes feel a bit…

  • Fireplace for Your Home: Birchwood Edition

    Fireplace for Your Home: Birchwood Edition

    ★★★★★

    The dramatic slow-burn pacing makes this a solid follow-up to the original.