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  • Suspiria
  • Double Indemnity
  • Tenebre
  • The Wicker Man

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  • The Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    ★★½

  • Spider

    ★★★

  • Hush

    ★★★

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  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★★

    So much for film theory claiming that the knife in slasher films represents a phallic object - here Brian De Palma uses a great big fucking drill! And in case you didn't quite get the reference, we even get a shot of the killer murderously using the drill between his legs. I wonder what De Palma is trying to say?! The film takes obvious influence from Hitchcock (notably Vertigo and Rear Window) but less talked about is the clear Argento…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    For my money, this is the greatest film noir ever made. The story is set in motion with a clever metaphor - a car running through a stop sign. This leads to a hard boiled story of murder and deception. The way the film is set up instills a sense of foreboding over every sequence - it's brilliant storytelling, steeped in dramatic irony. The direction courtesy of the great Billy Wilder is absolutely flawless - and matched by an intelligent…

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  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

    I first saw this film when I was about ten years old. It's the movie that made me love movies, and no matter how many times I see it, it never fails to amaze. The Evil Dead is the ultimate achievement in low budget filmmaking. It works primarily because it goes all in with the simple premise - it's just a bunch of people under attack from a demonic force in a cabin the woods. That's it, there's nothing else…

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    ★★½

    Well it's clear by this point that the Resident Evil film series is not even giving lip service to the idea of being anything like the games. In the first few minutes we've got clones, slow motion and Milla Jovovich doing a Kill Bill thing. There are umbrellas everywhere though, just to help remind you that this is supposed to be Resident Evil. As the film starts proper, it basically just fumbles around in search of a story to tell,…

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  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★

    Some careless driving leads James Spader's TV director on an odyssey of car wrecks, scarred bodies and weird sexual perversion. David Cronenberg's adaptation of JG Ballard's controversial novel twists the body horror concept in a new direction. Meshing soft flesh and hard metal as a means to communion between unfulfilled lives. It's bold and brash - the director pushes the concept as far as it will go. The film is loaded with sex, but it's all so detached with the…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    This film is pure adrenaline on screen. Director Andrzej Zulawski's opus about a fractured couple (apparently based on his own experience of divorce) is rich with metaphor and symbolism. The dream logic means that it doesn't always make perfect sense - but the film is utterly captivating, helped by Andrzej Zulawski's nauseating roaming camera and a pair of brilliant central performances from Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani - the latter of which absolutely owns the film. It's a mesmerising and…