A found footage film set in a church run asylum for "fallen" women in Ireland in 1960 that's under the strict control of sadistic nuns and their evil mother superior. The style makes it hard to know what's going on but the atomosphere is dripping with oppressive vibes. The Vatican assigns two priests to investigate whether or not a miracle has taken place when it receives an anonymous letter about tears of blood falling from the eyes of a statue…
Bloody Moon 1981
Young women studying Spanish at a private language academy by day and partying by night while some nasty killings start happening, it's like a practically perfect slasher-giallo blend. Directed by Jess Franco, this departs from the usual atmosphere driven by dream logic and sexy soft focus. As much as I love that style, this lets him make his contribution to the slasher genre and the pretty dastardly plot doesn't get in the way of it at all. It may owe something to Halloween and Psycho but it's also ingeniously unique, especially the scenes in Bungalow 13.
The Thing 1982
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…
High Noon 1952
For John Wayne to hate it, High Noon must have been a pretty groundbreaking film. It's not only that the "hero" Gary Cooper pleads with the citizens of Hadleyville for "brave" deputies to ostensibly eliminate a potential threat, an ex-convict who the film implies was released from a date with the gallows by "northern" politicians along with three gunmen which include the likes of Lee Van Cleef himself but also Robert J Wilke, but the citizens, in church on Sunday…