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  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Suspiria
  • Female Trouble
  • Edward Scissorhands

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  • The Apartment

    ★★★½

  • Hallucinative Comas

    ★★★

  • The Beastmaster

    ★★★★

  • Murder Weapon

    ★★★

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★½

    Billy Wilder's romantic dramedy stars Jack Lemmon as a sad sack company man whose titular NYC dwelling sees more sexy action than he does. That's because he dutifully lets his boss (David Lewis), his boss' boss (My Three Sons' Fred MacMurray) and a bunch of other suits book time there to drink his booze and cheat on their wives. After many nights being left out in the rain to catch colds and marinate in his loneliness, he finally gets the…

  • Hallucinative Comas

    Hallucinative Comas

    ★★★

    In honor of the solid new Kreator album, I was inspired to look up this vintage VHS companion to the German thrash legends' 1990 milestone Coma of Souls, the album that first got me into them. Curiously, this tape marked the directorial debut of artist Andreas Marschall, who created the iconic Coma cover image as well as classic sleeves for Sodom, Blind Guardian, In Flames and Immolation. The bulk of the content is music videos for six of the album's…

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  • Blood Feast

    Blood Feast

    ★★★★★

    In a year that has mercilessly claimed icon after icon, yesterday's passing of Herschell Gordon Lewis hit me the hardest. I'll let other people tell you about Blood Feast's undeniable historical importance. I can only try to describe its influence on me, and some of the thoughts that ran through my skull as I revisited it in tribute last night.

    Somewhere within this admirably artless production lies the key to my obsession with shoestring gore, where the limbs are clearly…

  • Beyond the Seventh Door

    Beyond the Seventh Door

    ★★★

    Made for pennies in Toronto by native Croatian Bozidar D. Benedikt, this '80s SOV obscurity concerns ex-con Boris (Lazar Rockwood), whose former flame Wendy (Bonnie Beck) now works and lives in some sort of castle. Wendy helps Boris enter its basement to steal a rumored treasure, unaware that Lord Breston has a modest network of booby trapped rooms down there to stop any would-be robbers. The bulk of the movie therefore plays like a Z-grade precursor to Cube, as the…