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  • Dial: Help

    Dial: Help

    ★★½

    I've seen a lot of Italian horror films, and this has to be one of the nuttiest ever made. It uses the same basic idea as Murder by Phone, but, as the Italians often do, turns it up to 11. I never really figured out why the phones were trying so desperately to kill the lead actress, and it plays out so stupidly that it doesn't matter much. At least it was never boring. The late 80s was not the…

  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Many people consider Opera to be Dario Argento's final masterpiece, but this and Phenomena tend to divide even his diehard fans. (Personally, I think The Stendhal Syndrome is his last great film, but that's just me.) Opera is a great thriller and perhaps contains more innovative camerawork in its hour and forty-seven minutes than any of his other films, and that's saying a lot. When I look at Opera – or any of Argento's other masterpieces, for that matter –…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★★★

    Sleepaway Camp will always hold a special place in my heart, because of my memory of renting the VHS from the video store years ago. I was young and didn't have access to the Net back then, so I knew absolutely nothing about this movie when I picked the box up off the shelf. The lack of photos from the movie on the back cover didn't help either, but the phony letter from a frightened camper printed on the back…

  • The House That Screamed

    The House That Screamed

    ★★★★★

    Man, oh, man! Just when I'm beginning to think I've seen every horror movie worth watching, an obscure gem like this one here sneaks up on me and blows me right the fuck away. 'La Residencia' is an unjustly overlooked masterpiece. It's a bit leisurely-paced, but the characters and mood and atmosphere – not to mention the lush, melodic score by Waldo de los Ríos – are all strong enough to hold interest. By the end, I was spellbound. See it!