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  • Predator
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Femme Fatale

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  • The Wrecking Crew

    ★½

  • Bones and All

    ★★★½

  • The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    ★★★★

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  • Holidays

    Holidays

    ★★

    Another gimmicky horror anthology, worth a look for two of its eight segments: the minimalist Easter, which is an imaginatively grotesque children's nightmare fable that bears the conspicuous stylistic imprint of The Pact-director Nicholas McCarthy, and especially for the dread-suffused, doom-laden determinism of director-to-watch Anthony Scott Burns' Father's Day.

    The remaining shorts, while slick in execution and largely watchable, range from mediocre whiffs (New Years Eve, which almost works thanks to a commanding turn by Lorenza Izzo), to the genuinely loathsome (Kevin Smith's Halloween, recognizably his within about ten seconds), with most of them sharing a common strain of casual sexism bordering on misogyny.

  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

    ★½

    Elder God: "The fate of the Universe will be decided as it should be. In MORTAL KOMBAT!!!" *cue '90s Eurodance theme over indifferently choreographed martial arts fight staged like garbage*

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  • The Cowboy and the Frenchman

    The Cowboy and the Frenchman

    ★★½

    The first ten minutes of this are hilarious, and then it drags on for another fifteen.

  • Uncle Sam

    Uncle Sam

    ★★★½

    If this undervalued gem winds up being Bill Lustig's directorial swan song (most likely), he couldn't have dropped the curtain on that phase of his career with any ballsier a statement of intent than the dope City of the Living Dead quotation this closes with. The incomparable Larry Cohen delivers a script both caustic and disarmingly sweet, while the formal acumen exhibited by Lustig proves far sturdier than my past experience with a deteriorated VHS copy led me to anticipate,…