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  • Halloween

    Halloween

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    A reboot/sequel of a classic film in a beloved series that was already rebooted/remade (in 2007) was always going to have strikes against it and be overly scrutinized. But as someone who doesn't hold the original 1978 film (and definitely not the series) in quite the same high regard as most horror fans (*ahem* Black Christmas (1974) is better), I am satisfied with Halloween (2018).

    Ignoring all but the first film for this new sequel was a good call in…

  • Shock Waves

    Shock Waves

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    Despite having a great theatrical poster and a decent premise, Shock Waves (1977) is neither shocking nor does it really have many waves (though you may go through waves of boredom sitting through it). I'd seen this film before and it was just as snoozy as I'd remembered it. It wasn't the first Nazi zombie film but it may be the most lackluster.

    Those hoping for a gorefest or laugh-out-loud fun will be disappointedβ€”there is almost nary a drop of…

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  • Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

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    Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (1972) (easily the best title for a giallo ever) is a quasi-gothic thriller (very) loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat (1843).

    Edwige Fenech is as charming and as impossibly gorgeous as ever, Luigi Pistilli is perfectly despicable, and Anita Strindberg plays unhinged like nobody's business. This is my favorite of Sergio Martino's multiple gialli and his direction is impressive. Bruno Nicolai's at times baroque score…

  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead

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    City Of The Living Dead (1980), the best of Lucio Fulci's four "undead" films made between 1979–1981, is all guts 'n ghouls 'n drills 'n maggots. It's not as iconic as Zombie (1979), it's not as atmospheric as The Beyond (1981), but it has the benefit of not having a main character portrayed by an insufferably annoyingly voiced child actor, as is the case with The House By The Cemetery (1981). The plot is pretty loose, but doesn't strike me…