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  • Death Spa

    Death Spa

    ★★★★

    Original review is here.

    The b-feature for my impromptu "Crazy '80s Shit I Have Loved and Want to Share with Friends" night. How else could I follow the visual onslaught of Holy Flame of the Martial World, but with this insane health club horror howler? This one was an even bigger hit with the room, and we rightfully payed more attention to the plot. It delivers all the neon, steam, spandex, sweaty boobs, full-body mirrors, bass-poppin' synth rock and chunky…

  • Holy Flame of the Martial World

    Holy Flame of the Martial World

    ★★★½

    Title #1 for an impromptu movie night, the loose theme being "Crazy '80s Shit I Have Enjoyed and Want to Share with Friends." My working theory is that any 1980s Shaw Bros. production co-starring Jason Pai Piao will be an automatic blast, this being a prime example. It proved to be perfect background fodder for three like-minded movie nerds who hadn't seen each other in a while, the plot simple but eventful enough that I could easily narrate while we…

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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…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★

    Part of Hoop-tober 2018

    I've said it before and I'll say it now: if there's a really great horror movie about a mummy out there, I've never heard of it. Now, there are plenty of DECENT mummy movies, but they're never all that spooky, almost always following in the fantasy-romance footsteps of this O.G. Universal favorite. It's actually the movie that convinced me to investigate the career of Boris Karloff, who I only ever thought of as Frankie until I…