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  • Criminal Lovers

    Criminal Lovers

    ★★½

    #52LGBTQFilms 2018 pt. 3.

    The most frustrating kind of film for me is the kind that clearly wants to say something, but doesn't seem know what it wants to say. I wish I could have enjoyed it just as a horror-thriller, without reading for politics. It has some rather unnerving violence, a harrowing concept, and interesting folkloric parallels. But the film so obviously wants to be a political film that it was impossible not to engage it on that level. And on that level, all I got was confused.

    Cf. Calvaire

  • Agoraphobia

    Agoraphobia

    ★½

    #52FilmsByWomen 2018 pt. 4.
    #52FilmsByPOC 2018 pt. 4.

    Ho-hum. There are a few decent scares but this is so derivative of such better movies that it's hard to work up any enthusiasm to even write about it. In the 21st century, you have to come up with something really fresh and unique if you want to pull off the gaslighting-family-scheming-after-the-inheritance plot. Oh no, I just gave away the twist. Fuck it, who cares?

    Cf. Dementia 13 (2017)

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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.…