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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Dawn of the Dead was George Romero's update of Night of the Living Dead. The ten years between the two films is like ten days into the outbreak between the end of Night and the chaotic intro to Dawn in a Philadelphia tv station where a host is conducting an interview with a guest who's still saying what the guy on the radio in Night said, "remember, kill the brain and kill the zombie." Romero's editing of all the chaos…

  • Night of the Creeps

    Night of the Creeps

    ★★★★

    This is night of the creeps in more ways than one, cause when you get down to it, almost everyone in this movie kind of are creeps at least at some point. Aside from or because of that the comedy in this thing is pretty sharp. And the attacks of black leech-like slugs and FX are spaced pretty well, to the point where you'd wish there were more of them. But that would have interfered with the bromance and romance…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    A crew of scientists and assorted oddballs at a US research station in Antarctica confront an alien monster from space introduced into their midst by a cute Husky being chased from above by a couple of crazed Norwegians in a helicopter trying to shoot and kill it. It's such a deceiving setup. That opening segment is what introduces both the monster and the paranoia the monster's going to provoke as the Americans eventually get a handle on why the Hell…

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★½

    This thing seems to plod along as a buddy film between Tony Musante as the man who happened to see something bad happening and Enrico Maria Salerno as the police detective trying to get Musante to remember exactly what he witnessed and then tell him. But it's always just outside the boundaries of Musante's memory, like when you wake up from a dream and wonder who that person was that was scaring you. It must have been someone you knew…