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  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Slither
  • Aliens
  • Frankenstein

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  • The Beyond

    ★★★½

  • The Scooby-Doo Project

    ★★★★½

  • The Final Girls

    ★★★½

  • Candyman

    ★★★★

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    I remember very vividly what it's like to feel broken. I don't think any other film has captured that feeling like this did.

    This is life after loss. There's no big climax, no happily ever after. Just people trying to figure things out and move on. That's all you can ask for when your dad drops dead without warning, like Joe did, like mine did.

    You pick up the pieces, and try to mend, and go forward. This isn't just a movie. This is life.

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  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★½

    Film #3 of Hooptober Ocho

    "You've cursed this hotel! You've cursed this town!"

    Squishy, gory, syrupy, bloody - nobody does gore like the Italians. Light on substance but lots of fun, and the basic plot holds everything together really well. The actress playing Emily is especially effective in being creepy even if she isn't around nearly as much as I would've liked.

  • The Scooby-Doo Project

    The Scooby-Doo Project

    ★★★★½

    Film #2 of Hooptober Ocho

    “I’m sorry, what do you want me to say? Jinkies!?”

    It is incredible that they were allowed to get away with this. A pitch perfect parody of The Blair Witch Project and an incredible deconstruction of Scooby-Doo, from the official franchise no less. All in the brevity of 18 minutes. This is laugh out loud funny and even tense and legitimately spooky at times. A true hidden gem.

    It’s very early in the game, but…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    Film #20 of Hooptober Cinco

    "Am I becoming a hundred-and-eighty-five-pound fly? No, I'm becoming something that never existed before. I'm becoming... Brundlefly. Don't you think that's worth a Nobel Prize or two?"

    A disgusting achievement both in special effects and storytelling. What was once known as a cheesy 50's sci-fi creature flick is now a slow burn romantic tragedy with some truly gross body horror thrown in there (I noped the fuck out at the fingernail scene). Less actual Brundlefly than I expected, but that's not what the movie's about, and it's better for it.

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    Film #28 of Hooptober Cinco

    "I hardly think a few birds are going to bring about the end of the world."

    This is the tale of a big, catastrophic event - but it's not about the people who discover and defeat it. This is about ordinary people with their own lives getting trapped on the side. And it's chilling. Hitchcock uses sound effects and a lack of music to create scenes both shocking and eerie. When hell breaks loose, it's all the worse because of all the time we've spent with these people we'e come to care about.