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  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★

    Part of my 2019 Theme Month Extravaganza
    JANUARY:
    New Millennium Arthouse Horror

    Loaded with pregnant pauses, trauma drama, hazy occult vibes and a droney soundtrack that keeps the dread at a consistent low rumble, Osgood Perkins' debut feature is the very model of a modern arthouse horror flick. It follows two sets of protagonists, starting with students Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boynton, both stuck at their posh boarding school when their parents fail to pick them up for winter break,…

  • The Angry Guest

    The Angry Guest

    ★★½

    Chang Cheh directed more than 90 movies, and having seen a little over a third of them, I was bound to run into a clunker sooner or later. Not that this sequel to the previous year's Duel of Fists is terrible, but it has a hard time justifying its existence, much less why one of the Iron Triangle's mid-tier outings needed a direct continuation with most of the main cast members. Reunited half-brothers David Chiang and Ti Lung are back…

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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 Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Part of my 2019 Theme Month Extravaganza
    JANUARY:
    New Millennium Arthouse Horror

    Previous review is here.

    As it turns out, I should have just called January "A24 Horror" month, since a lot of what I've lined up comes from that distributor. Of those I've seen to date, The Witch is their crown jewel. I bought the Blu-ray immediately after it came out but was afraid to watch it, in case I discovered it wasn't as impressive as it was in…