I've long been fascinated by the sad story of local Sarasota reporter Christine Chubbuck, and Christine is a very satisfying version of the events surrounding her on-air suicide. The real Christine was, in all honesty, not a particularly attractive woman, and, according to her co-workers, was not the easiet person to get along with, so I'm glad the filmmakers resisted the urge to glamorize her and make her more "sympathetic". But this is also why this film will speak more…
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I've always liked this one – it's not perfect, but knife-wielding Barbara Steele kind of makes up for any shortcomings. Plus, I really like those slasher films that came out between Halloween and Friday the 13th, because they don't stick to the formula as closely, being more influenced by Halloween and Psycho (and Silent Scream's music definitely blatantly borrows from Bernard Herrmann's Psycho score).
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…
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!