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  • Shadow of the Vampire

    Shadow of the Vampire

    ★★★★

    A movie unlike any other...

    Seriously, I do not understand how this film was lost in the flood of mediocrity of the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. It is so clever and odd and charming. 

    Willem DaFoe is ALMOST as creepy as Max Schreck and in some ways, namely that creepy grin, he is even more disturbing. His performance is infectious and strangely charming. John Malkovich is quite strange as Murnau, but his strange performance is warranted and pairs with DaFoe seamlessly. 

    Watch this film and pay attention to the subtlety of DaFoe’s Count Orlock. This may be forgotten, but it is worth remembering.

  • Nosferatu

    Nosferatu

    ★★★★

    Wow. Just.. wow. Max Schreck is the creepiest vampire I have EVER seen!

    So the classics are classic for a reason. Max Schreck’s portrayal of the wicked Count Orlock is absolutely iconic. This German impressionist foray into the vampire genre is positively gorgeous. The tension is palpable and the shadows come alive. 

    If you have the availability to do so, I cannot reconnect the Kino version of this film highly enough. There are scenes that are so masterfully restored that…

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  • The Return of the Living Dead

    The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    This movie is the only movie that I can say I've seen maybe 100 times. Legit. 100 times. I've basically memorized the script because I've seen it so many times. 

    This is the ultimate in horror comedy and is so much fun. The acting is wonderfully bad. The make up is solid. Although sometimes it's easy to see the unforgiving detail in HD, the effects hold up so well. The cast give their all and the dialogue is natural. This is a fun movie.

  • Attack the Block

    Attack the Block

    ★★★★

    Attack the Block is one hell of a ride on the seat of a dirt bike through an apartment building fighting aliens in south London with fireworks going off in the background. That is a lot to squeeze into the movie, but from start to finish you better get ready to run. This movie is so fast paced and intense. There is a lot to love here and it comes at you fast.

    Little John Boyega leads the cast and…