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  • Cobra
  • Aliens
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
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  • The Fog

    ★★★★

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★★

  • The Fly

    ★★★★½

  • Halloween II

    ★★★

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    Indy: "I don't know. I'm making this up as I go."

    Golden idols in the darkest corner of South America. Burning down the house in Nepal. Traitorous monkeys in Cairo. Really tall Nazis coming out of tents ready to fight. The ability to find an escape from even the deepest underground cavern. Dispatching a truckload of Nazi soldiers singlehandedly. Face melting and head explosions.

    This.

    There is also a perverse giddiness watching Spielberg burn a hole in a Nazi symbol…

  • Cobra

    Cobra

    ★★★★★

    Well, I know I teased a review of The Arena in my last review, and I still plan to unleash it upon you, but something caught my eye along the way. I read someone's review for Cobra, realized that I held Cobra among my favorites list in my profile, and yet *gasp*....I did not have a review for it. Heaven's to Betsy! Think of my credibility!! So let's take a sidetrip before I sit and watch half-naked female gladiators throw…

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  • The Fog

    The Fog

    Watched as part of my own Spooktober 2021 list.

    I'm in the camp that John Houseman would have made a killing on the lecture circuit just telling ghost stories.

    The Fog is not upper echelon Carpenter, but it certainly is one of his most atmospheric films. The coastal town of Antonio Bay is celebrating its centennial, as a creepy, glowing fog sweeps into town, bringing with it the ghosts of shipwreck victims from a hundred years before. Those ghosts happen…

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★★

    Watched as part of my own Spooktober 2021 list.

    Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were crazy to think that an off-Broadway musical version of Roger Corman's The Little Shop of Horrors would ever work as a thing that should happen. But here we are, and David Geffen stepped in and said "Now, let's make it into a movie!".

    Rick Moranis can't really sing, but it's totally believable that his Seymour would sing in a not good way. Ellen Green, reprising…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    Watched as part of my own Spooktober 2021 list.

    "A tragic story about a brilliant man struck down in his prime by disease."

    If that was used as the tagline for David Cronenberg's gross-out sci-fi/horror, I would have taken a hard pass. Who the hell wants to watch a drama about a man's struggle with a sickness? Give it all the awards you want, I don't want to watch a movie that people will tell you they enjoyed even though…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

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

    Watched as part of my own Spooktober 2021 list.

    I'm not going to sit here and type up some plot synopsis, cast and character rundown, critiques on Carpenter's directing, Morricone's score, Bottin's special effects. I'm not going to do it because this movie is going to be 40 years old next year. Everyone knows who is in it, what it's about, what it looks like, what it feels like, blah blah blah. I'll spare you the details. If you haven't…