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  • Dracula

  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    ★★½

  • The Theatre Bizarre

    ★½

  • Insidious: Chapter 2

    ★★★

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    At first, Men looks like Alex Garland’s version of the ideas explored in Midsommar. He seems to be using horror to explore the grief and guilt around the ending of a relationship from a woman’s perspective. And it is that, but it is also a strange pagan story of violent rebirth that is brilliantly put together. The sound design is fantastic and every shot is gorgeous. It’s full of echoing ululation and crisp shots of forests and fields. I felt…

  • Livid

    Livid

    ★★★★

    Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the same team that made Inside, have crafted a great haunted house mashup that serves as an homage to the horror genre as it delivers its ghastly and visceral thrills. Excellent, moody music kicks off an opening that is crisp and dripping with atmosphere. It’s clear from the beginning that the filmmakers have a great eye. And while some of the beauty of the first act gets necessarily obscured in the darkness of the spooky…

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  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    ★★½

    A Lizard in Woman’s Skin would make a good companion piece to films like All the Colors of the Dark and Messiah of Evil. Each of these early-seventies films features a young woman at the heart of a mystery, surrounded by hippie decadence and dreaming troubled dreams. There’s something here, but I can’t help but feel that Lizard doesn’t excite me the way the other two films do. I think some of that had to do with the sound, which…

  • The Theatre Bizarre

    The Theatre Bizarre

    ★½

    The Theatre Bizarre is an anthology that’s notable for its Grand Guignol wraparound story more than any of its individual tales. A woman goes to the theater and a strange doll-man (Udo Kier) regales the audience with strange tales. He becomes more human and she becomes more doll-like with each passing story. I only wish the stories were that interesting. This thing feels interminably long and at a certain point I mentally checked out. I will, however, mention two things…

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  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★★½

    Spectacular. Anxious. Full of grief, uncertainty, and fear.

    Enid is a video nasty censor in the Thatcher-era United Kingdom. Her job is to watch the films that are the worst of the worst, the smut, the filth, and the gore, and cut them down until they are fit for the masses. She views herself as a protector, a guardian keeping the public safe. When one particular film resonates with her—its plot bears a shocking similarity to the events surrounding the…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    Guys, this is my 900th logged horror movie in my Horror Master List. What a milestone! And what’s even wilder is that by the time Hooptober ends I’ll be more than one third of the way through the last hundred on my way to 1000.

    I chose this one for number 900 because I’ve been seeing generally favorable reviews from people I trust about these things. And while I’m not sure it works as much as some other folks, I’m…