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  • The Nursery

    The Nursery

    ★★★½

    Impressive feature debut by Jay Sapiro and Chris Micklos, locally shot in and around Madison, WI on a micro-budget. However, it looks bigger than the budget would suggest and the convincing actors go a long way to selling this supernatural horror flick. Uses a familiar template w/a babysitter and her friends as strange things begin to happen at this isolated home. Give the film credit for using technology organically (and how real college students would use it). Modern but has a throwback feel. Picked up for distribution in June on VOD platforms. Definitely one to seek out.

  • Entropia

    Entropia

    ★★★★

    4th film in the Twisted Tales of Women block at Twisted Dreams Film Festival and maybe my favorite thing of the day. Easily one of the best short films I’ve seen in a while and goes places you don't expect. Love that the focus is on an old woman using spells to create new friends. That's being very vague. Discovering gems like this is what makes going to film festivals worth it (and hearing the the audience cringe together at all the right moments).

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  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.