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  • The Old Bear Hunter

  • Manhattan Baby

    ★★★½

  • The Dummy

  • The Slayer

    ★★★½

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  • Satan

    Satan

    ★★★½

    In 1974 a film was released that shocked and terrified audiences. With modern sensibilities, relatable concepts, grotesque special effects and memorable bursts of graphic violence, it redefined what people expected from horror. The tale of a 12-year-old girl possessed by the devil, and the attempts at exorcism to save her soul when medical science fails captured our imaginations. Seytan ushered a new spirit into the genre, with its head spinning, projectile vomiting, urinating at dinner parties and painful object masturbating…

  • Soul Power

    Soul Power

    ★★★★

    On the strength of his 1972 documentary, Our Latin Thing, Leon Gast was hired to film Zaire 74 - the music festival attached to the famed Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. On the eve of the fight, Foreman sustained a cut over his eye which forced the bout to be rescheduled. The musicians brought into Zaire were being paid for those set dates, so while the feature attraction was moved, the associated act…

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  • The Old Bear Hunter

    The Old Bear Hunter

    Toshio Gotô made his directorial debut with Matagi (1982) – a term given to Japan’s Bear Hunters. The Old Bear Hunter deals with a celebrated Matagi who in his advanced years is a shadow of his former self, yet despite failing vision, tries to protect his village from a killer bear. Though the twilight years of a dangerous profession is the dramatic thrust, the film is actually a coming of age story for the title character’s grandson. Dreaming of hunting…

  • Manhattan Baby

    Manhattan Baby

    ★★★½

    The daughter of an archeologist is given a cursed artifact on an excursion to Egypt, before bringing a sinister spirit back with her to Manhattan. Fulci brings that abstract - bordering on vague - plotting that Beyond fans can't get enough of, to set Egyptian themes in New York by way of Italy.

    My main issue is that the beginning is so strong, that the Manhattan portion feels rudderless by comparison. The lasers to the eyes are wonderfully unnerving, but…

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