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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    MINOR SPOILERS, if you haven't seen this, it's best to go in with as little background as possible.

    It only stands to reason the greatest zombie film yet to come from Japan actually isn't a zombie film at all. Despite the marketing hook, it also sits well outside of the horror genre. Instead it's a transcendent celebration of the creative process that pulls a brilliant humanistic double duty.

    Director/screenwriter Shinichiro Ueda uses the production of a live zombie short done…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    WE aRe THe tHiNGs thAT wERe AnD Jayson can't look at Evil Dead II objectively at all.

    The film that blew wind into the sails of many a horror fan's maiden voyage or solidified lifelong love for the genre. I distinctly remember my first time. Back when Syfy was The Sci-fi Channel in 1995, and actually worth a damn, they used to do movie theme weeks. Maybe their most memorable was a zombie week dubbed Zombie-A-Go-Go hosted by Rob Zombie.…

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  • Castle Freak

    Castle Freak

    ★★★½

    Racked with grief over the death of their son, a couple with a remaining blind daughter find hope in the inheritance of an Italian castle, but within lurks its own also suffering tragedy...

    Director Stuart Gordon and frequent co-writer Dennis Paoli use a kernel of H.P. Lovecraft to build poetic redemption from what began as a handshake over a concept poster. Entrusting Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton in a deteriorating screen marriage, the pair again showcase wonderful chemistry. Johnathan Fuller…

  • Castle Freak

    Castle Freak

    ★★

    Blinded in an accident, a woman suffers grotesque visions of the past in an inherited Albanian castle. Her psyche is further shaken by the sense something horrifying inhabits its stone walls and mounting doubts from her boyfriend. The arrival of friends draws out the titular rag monstrosity with implications far beyond anything she could have imagined...

    One gets the impression writer Kathy Charles and director Tate Steinsiek surveyed what people like most about Stuart Gordon with this "bold reimagining" of…

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  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★½

    Either continue dreaming within this two hours of generic futurism or accept the reality of the world's biggest action star amid gory bullet explosions and a malformed off-world populous helmed by a Dutchman who oversaw the Resurrection of Robo-Jesus. Which fate do you choose?

    Another loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale that stays off Mars and presents a ruined Earth concentrated into deep class division and a totalitarian police state. Other changes away…

  • Guinea Pig: Making of Guinea Pig

    Guinea Pig: Making of Guinea Pig

    ★★★

    At that moment, Agent Danielson realized despite years of investigative training and a quiet love of horror movies, maybe the likes of Dick Smith and Tom Savini were actually holding back...

    Originally a companion released with Guinea Pig: He Never Dies (1986), this making-of was likely part of the FBI inquiry launched after Charlie Sheen freaked acquiring a horror compilation made by Fangoria writer Chris Gore. Although the infamous first two in the series are only briefly touched upon here.…