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  • Irma Vep

    ★★★★

  • Mad God

    ★½

  • Spookies

    ★★★

  • Class Action Park

    ★★★½

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  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★

    Down-on-his-derrière film director René is remaking the silent serial Les Vampires (which is about a criminal gang of that name, rather than actual vampires), and he's flown Maggie Cheung over from Hong Kong to star as the anagrammatic Irma Vep, having liked her in The Heroic Trio. But various issues behind the scenes - René's state of mind, bitchiness between costume designer Zoé and the assistant director, and cynicism from several men on set about whether it's even worth making…

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★½

    33 years in the making, but to what end? Animator Phil Tippett (of RoboCop and Jurassic Park fame) has put together some sort of sprawling, nightmarish version of creationism, in which - from what I can make out - the world sprung out (in its fully formed 20th/21st century incarnation) from a chaotic mess of monsters, cyberpunk technology, gory surgery and a lot of defecation. On the surface, it's an impressively mounted production, which begins promisingly with some sort of…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★½

    The most disturbing image in this movie isn't that final shot, it's the fact that Meg seems genuinely into the idea of shagging that rancid old camp owner.

  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
    wilfully seeks her own salvation?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
    straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
    Christian burial.

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
    own defence?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
    here lies the point: if I drown myself…