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  • Bug

    Bug

    ★★★★

    Not exactly what I was expecting from a William Castle produced killer cockroach flick, but a very pleasant surprise. Bug is intensely serious, and even with its silly plot, really creeps under your skin. Its use of electronic noise as score, and even more importantly, its sporadic use of score at all, really give it a unique and ominous atmosphere. People are burned alive, with only the sound of footsteps and flame to compliment their blood-curdling screams. It's chillingly effective. Fans of dark 70s horror should definitely seek out this crazy under-appreciated creepy crawler film.

  • Contamination

    Contamination

    ★★★½

    Part of Hoop-Tober III

    Film #33: Contamination (1980)

    So, I have to assume that an Italian producer saw the iconic poster for Ridley Scott's Alien, and said "We need to make a knock-off of this movie right away. I have no idea what it's about, but it appears to have some kind of killer alien eggs. Also, I've heard some murmurs about 'chest bursting.' Again, I don't know the details, just come up with anything in that ballpark. And obviously…

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  • Fire in the Sky

    Fire in the Sky

    ★★★½

    Ten minutes of "Fire in the Sky" are among the scariest in any film I've ever seen. They terrified me as a child, and continue to terrify me as an adult. It's a really effective and haunting segment, unfortunately you have to wait nearly an hour and a half to get to it. The rest of the (wayyy) overlong film is fine, and I like the actors (even if they have pretty much nothing to do), but it feels like a made-for-TV drama treading water for most of it's runtime.

    Still... Those ten minutes!! "Spacesuits." Chills.

  • Frankenhooker

    Frankenhooker

    ★★★★

    Part of my Hoop-Tober challenge - Tales from the Black Bramford

    Film #2 - Frankenhooker

    Going from 1939's Son of Frankenstein to 1990's Frankenhooker was quite a leap! Haha. But one that illustrates how fruitful the central premise can be. There were dozens of Frankenstein films between, yet this still manages to be fresh and original.

    Having seen Basket Case and Brain Damage, this was my third venture into the world of Frank Henenlotter, and one that I had been…