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

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  • Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★

  • Pituitary Hunter

    ★★★

  • Machine-Gun Kelly

    ★★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★★

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  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★

    1994 won me over with little resistance, so I figured the '70s-set Fear Street flick would be a complete slam dunk. Yet, despite the trilogy's intriguing hook of preceding backward in history, this middle chapter is more an entertaining exercise in biding time before the origin story finale reveals all. The bulk is a summer camp flashback, recounted to part one's teen survivors by the lady they found who survived a prior rampage incited by murdered 1660s witch Sarah Fier.…

  • Pituitary Hunter

    Pituitary Hunter

    ★★★

    Baffling subtitles can be an entertaining feature in their own right, but the English ones burned into available copies of this obscure Hong Kong horror/thriller straddle amusing and exasperating. The movie centers on a rash of pituitary gland thefts from freshly murdered people, while also following a Chinese doctor (Lau Kong) who performs pay-what-you-can abortions without a HK license, and is very suspiciously going around to butcher shops asking for the cow and pig pituitaries. These are apparently local delicacies,…

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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…