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  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    ★★★★

    Like Happy Death Day last year, The Strangers: Prey at Night remixes the great films of horror past to ask what makes great horror present -- this time, in addition to story tropes is also iconography: a little Evil Dead title card here, some Carpenter lens flares there (with a burning car photographed quite like the titular Plymouth in Christine), a Texas Chain Saw Massacre ending to top it all off. Strangers 2 is not interested in puncturing genre myth,…

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★★

    This may not be the best horror movie of 2017, but it's certainly the most interesting. It's one of those films we'll look back on and say "wow, that really reflects the period it was made in" or "this is totally about the _____ that was plaguing society of the day" etc, etc. First and foremost, you could write a really compelling essay about this film as a college rape epidemic analog (not that it is particularly subtle) -- lots…

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  • King Solomon's Mines

    King Solomon's Mines

    ★★½

    This is sub-par Indiana Jones Shit, even for me. Lava pit sequence was awesome.

  • The Blair Thumb

    The Blair Thumb

    ½

    Puerile garbage. Proto- How It Should Have Ended

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  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★½

    This is simultaneously the best and worst thing I've ever seen.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★½

    I'm glad the poison was also wasabi, otherwise I wouldn't have known it was set in Japan