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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    I'm all-in on the nasty little horror movie that is unfortunately embedded in something much longer & overreaching. I do not mind the measured pacing or stunt casting on principle, but the attempt to force a perfectly self-sufficient witch tale into the context of a specific political moment doesn't go anywhere, and reads like an insecure pastiche.

    This movie screams for a non-director's cut that lurks confidently in the dance school for a more reasonable running time.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I enjoyed the hell out this tribute/alternate sequel, and think it's one of the best horror films of the year. That said, the very thing that underscores the skilled execution of this Halloween is how it relates to its source material in the original. I wonder how this film would play without such a relationship to lean on. The stifled originality of this dependence almost makes me give it something closer to 3 stars. But for now it feels like…

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  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This has been on my horror watchlist since 1980-81 when I saw a little feature of it in a copy of Fangoria magazine, or maybe Starlog. I didn't dislike it, and have probably seen worse films in this people-under-the-stairs type micro-genre.

    The opening scene is the actually the most shocking in the film, where protagonist Amy (Elizabeth Berridge) who looks disturbingly underage, strips for a shower while her little brother stalks her in an homage to Halloween. The kid then…

  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead

    ★★★★

    I liked this film on the first watch, and it has grown on me since then. The histrionics of the human villains are a little distracting how they honk their one loud note, but they serve their purpose. Other characters are more fun to watch, particularly the quirky 'Frankenstein.' The zombies are more fun than ever, serving up a more colorful slice of post-humanity than in the previous zombie films. Day of the Dead has more gore than ever, and…