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  • Regression

    Regression

    ★★

    #52LGBTQFilms 2018 pt. 10.

    I love, love, love moral panics. There's a great film that could be made out of the '80s & '90s Satanic panic, which tied in with heavy metal, role playing games, and of course, horror movies. An intertextual horror film that played with those elements and the real-life history could be absolutely fascinating. That isn't this film. Sadly, there's not a lot of enjoyment to be had here. It's predictable and full of cliches and completely misuses some interesting performers. It has a pleasing visual style, but that's about it.

    Cf. Horsemen

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★½

    Yep, it's the best horror film of 2018 so far. The notion that an invading force could wipe out most of humanity and force the remainder to give up an essential part of their humanity in order to survive is a terrifying one. Pure formalist genre mastery, great creature design, and a nailbiting gestalt.

    Cf. The Road

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  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Ouija: Origin of Evil

    ★★★★½

    God bless Mike Flanagan. Hush was, as I suspected, more of an experiment/trifle than a sincere piece of work, and now he's back with another gem that deals in true auteuristic style with his pet obsessions: how we process grief and loss, the unseen forces that surround us, how the past infects the present. And it's impeccably made; somebody needs to grab whoever directed Annabelle and say. "THIS is how you make a horror film set in the '60s!"

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  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★★

    This is going to be an uncharacteristic long review for me, but I'm real emotional right now and I want to talk about it.

    The first thing you need to know is that I am a huge Ghostbusters fan from way back; it was a crucial film for me in childhood, both as a burgeoning film lover and (especially) as a nascent horror fan. I had it on a VHS taped off the TV and I wore that joint out.…