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  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★½

    A landmark western, one of the all time greats of the genre, but not a flawless film. Once Upon a Time in the West has an undeniable epic sweep, but it also has a bit too much plot and not quite enough story to sustain itself across its 165 minute runtime. The opening scene is a mini masterpiece of slowly building tension built through staging and sound-design, as we watch three men wait for a train. This is classic Sergio…

  • Blindness

    Blindness

    ★★

    Potentially interesting take on the worldwide pandemic genre that is ultimately crushed by its own heavy handedness. For no discernible reason people start instantly losing their sight, and this "white sickness" is virrulently contagious and seemingly irreversible. Not that the authorities in this nameless city seem to investigate too hard, instead quarantining all the victims in an attempt prevent its lethal spread. In the kingdom of the blind the one with working eyes is queen, and for equally unexplained reasons…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    This is a lot of film, if anything almost too much, but I suspect that was somewhat the intent. A deliberately unfaithful remake of the Dario Argento original from 1977, Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria really only shares the basic setup: an American girl called Susie arrives at a German academy of dance that is home to sinister forces. That was almost the entire plot of the Argento movie, but here we also spend a lot of time with Dr. Josef Klemperer,…

  • Night of Fear

    Night of Fear

    ★★★

    Originally commissioned by the ABC as a pilot for a horror anthology series, upon seeing the final product they got cold feet and allowed it to be released theatrically. This explains the rather brief 54 minute running time, but mercifully Auntie had stumped up the cash to have this shot in 35mm rather than their usual 16mm, so it looks like a proper film. A dialogue-free exercise in pure cinematic horror, there is only music, sound effects and the odd…