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  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★

    A little while ago Uk based distributor Powerhouse Films announced they would be issuing the UK Blu-ray debuts of two John Carpenter films. I almost expected the titles to be this and Prince of Darkness, his last two greats before mediocrity. No. What were those two titles? Ghosts of Mars and Vampires. I was not impressed. That was last year and I still haven't forgiven the tease of it all. So instead of waiting for it to be released in…

  • Ana-ta-han

    Ana-ta-han

    ★★★

    Full Review on THE GEEK SHOW

    In a recent self-titled documentary Brian De Palma stated that film-makers produce their best works between the age of 30 and 50, between that and the industry forever pursuing new and interesting voices, it makes ‘the final movie’ an incredibly interesting topic of discussion. Legendary Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi made one of his most unsung films in Streets of Shame (1956), a hard hitting drama about the lives of prostitutes in post-war Japan. By…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★½

    A pseudo-slasher that takes an incredibly simple premise and gets a great deal of mileage out of it thanks to a knowledgeable and witty script drenched in the meta. The film cranks up the atmosphere and tension beautifully making the eventual emergence of just some guy or girl (sometimes in a state of undress) gloriously creepy. This finely tuned atmosphere and anticipation is worth a million jump scare predicated horror bores. All of this is topped up with flowing cinematography and brooding score by Disasterpeace. That score - well, they are clearly just showing off, aren't they?

  • The Final Girls

    The Final Girls

    ★★★★

    'Comedy Horror' is a pretty loaded genre hybridization. They either have to be funny and stand up as a horror film or mocking of horror tropes. The final girls could be argued as either of those things. It works as a slasher whilst also cleverly subverting the genre with some neat tricks, like flashbacks and the "92 minutes later" bit. There are some fun meta gags, but outside of Angela Trimbur's adorably stupid Tina, I didn't find it all that…