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  • Frailty

    Frailty

    ★★★½

    This was my third time viewing the film over the years, and it still held up extremely well. The performances from Jeremy Sumpter, Matt O'Leary, and Bill Paxton are all so good, it lends credibility to a pretty wild story. Underlying the entire film is what the strength of faith could lead a person to do, and how that varies in all of us. The film manages to be terrifying without filling the screen with blood and thought provoking while…

  • Evil Dead

    Evil Dead

    ★★½

    The original film was billed as "The ultimate experience in grueling terror" and that it was. It wasn't just grueling for the character of Ash, but the audience, who had to experience the entire hellish experience right along with him. By the end of that film, you fully related to Ash's exhaustion as he walks out of the cabin. This singular experience and character relation is sorely missing from the remake, whose characters are all completely disposable. Not only this,…

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    The concept may seem trite to some of the younger generation, but in 1999 the possibilities of the internet were new and this dark take was fresh and invigorating. It still works not because the concept is so brilliant, but because of the phenomenal execution. The H.R. Giger-esque world is still frightening and the effects sell it completely. The sentinels are fucking terrifying and the fields of humans bred for energy is a visual that's hard to shake. Rain soaked…

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★★

    Twins have always creeped me out. So many of the ones I've known exhibit many of the symptoms Elliot and Bev share. They are seemingly linked telepathically, dress the same, and share nearly every interest together. Cronenberg takes any sort of dark notions we may have about twins and fuses it together with his other obsessions to make a work as singular as can be seen.

    Bold statement or not, Jeremy Irons gives one of the best performances in the…