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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★

    I think I may have to cash in my horror card.

    Suspiria is a classic example of a plot that you can write in its entirety on the back of a postcard, nuances included. Logic and coherence are the enemies, and what else there is a perfectly perfunctory entry into the canon of horror where an institution has darker and more violent truth than that which meets the eye. Add to that Italian horror's obsession with sadistic violence and Suspiria…

  • The Devil's Backbone

    The Devil's Backbone

    ★★★★★

    I like Guillermo Del Toro, but nothing he has done in English has come even remotely close to touching the work he did in his native Spanish. I hope the shape of Water changes this but only time will tell. Of his Spanish work, Pan's Labyrinth is the most popular and I never really connected with it like others have. His breakout is a little too concerned with the more melodramatic aspirations of Spanish drama, so I felt off saying…

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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?

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ★★★½

    Val Lewton's Cat People exudes the class of a golden era Hollywood film and in no place is that more apparent than the music. Its rife with classical music and string quartets, compare that to what the horror soundscape now, however, and we are talking about two incomparable status quos. There is an odd moment within this sound design, though, towards the end one of the characters stops the music from playing - implying that someone has been playing a…