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  • Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh

    Prometheus Triumphant: A Fugue in the Key of Flesh

    ★★★

    This silent film is replete in the style of Nosferatu set in a similar time period. It’s another spin on Shelley's Frankenstein monster (or in this case, the Bride) and shot extremely well in B&W and sepia tones. While this take isn’t original it still did enough to keep me engaged. However, it was hard to get past the iconic Buckethead mask but overall very watchable. The Q&A on the DVD is also good; always like to hear how these independents get made.

  • Gehara: The Dark and Long-Haired Monster

    Gehara: The Dark and Long-Haired Monster

    ★★★½

    Really neat to see this on the big(ger) screen in the Midway screening room at G-Fest XXIV. Love the creature design. Def a unique take on kaiju sub-genre weaving it with Kejourou yokai. This short sets up a sequel that never materialized. Wish this had become a feature film. Cool to meet director Kiyotaka Taguchi right after watching two of his films.

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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.