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  • My Bloody Valentine

    ★★★★★

  • Suicide DVD

    ★★

  • The Prowler

    ★★★½

  • The Suicide Manual

    ★★½

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  • Suicide DVD

    Suicide DVD

    ★★

    easily could have been solid as one of those 40-50 minute paranormal specials instead of the sleepy feature length procedural yarn that it is. pretty obvious Fukui was disinterested in the material and a director-for-hire here, but he still manages to squeeze some stylized moments with eerie, noisy soundscapes and some hazy, washed-out cinematography. incredibly frustrating as there are clear illusions to a far more interesting, less paranormally-inclined film in the latter half reveals (mentions of; religious cults exploiting victims…

  • The Prowler

    The Prowler

    ★★★½

    part 37 on my search to find an 80s American slasher without several 10 minute stretches of absolutely nothing happening to fill out between the kills, and this is certainly not the one. It's a hurdle I'm almost never able to overcome unless it's drenched in an oppressive atmosphere and hypnotic score (Scalps, Tourist Trap), and this is bland in both departments. Luckily the kills are phenomenal (but you'll be waiting for em), each one distinct, formally interesting, and relentlessly…

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  • Wedding Trough

    Wedding Trough

    ★★★

    pig pussy really make a man go crazy

  • The Suicide Manual

    The Suicide Manual

    Osamu Fukutani's The Suicide Manual is a 2003 depressive J-horror film that functions as a fascinating snapshot of early 00s V-Cinema, and the cultural anxieties surrounding Internet group suicide at the time.

    I discuss conceptual inspiriations, exploiting suicide, and the pitfalls of derivative genre cinema in my internet J-horror essay series Dead Waves, link in my bio.