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

    The only portion that is remotely interesting would be the connecting stop-motion animation but even that feels completely out of place. All the shorts are neither interesting, well-made, or “horror” in any sense of the word (except for the Don’t Fall short which is a lazy run-through of a tired formula).

    The Box:
    You wait 4 days of your son not eating until you take him to the doctor's?
    Christmas time with walking skeletons? Somebody would have taken those kids…

  • Werewolf

    Werewolf

    ★★★

    A solid debut from Ashley McKenzie featuring two strong performances from Andrew Gillis and Bhreagh MacNeil, both of which go a long way in making the familiar narrative appealing. Another aspect of the film that aides is the compositions of scenes; for example, choosing to focus the camera on the held-tight hands of our methadone couple as they discuss their doses with the pharmacist, or centering the telephone pole/power line as Blaise’s exhausted head bobs in and out of the…

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

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    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★★

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