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  • Invaders from Mars

    Invaders from Mars

    ★★★½

    HoopTober 5.0: Here There Be Monsters
    "Marines have no qualms about killing Martians!"

    I'd never seen this before. Or the original. I was surprised by how very Invasion of the Body Snatchers it was. Like, Body Snatchers for kids. But Body Snatchers is still a damn unsettling story, and though this film is geared towards a younger audience it still maintains some of that unsettling nature. Too much? Maybe so. I feel like it's potentially too scary for kids, too…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★★

    For the most part, I enjoyed the hell out of THE PREDATOR. Sure does end on one big whimper of a final line, though. And some of the editing in the final act is wonky. But it's fun.

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★½

    HOOPTOBER 4.0: WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
    FILM #7 OF 33: THE INVISIBLE MAN

    "He's invisible, that's what's the matter with him."

    Why oh why did I sit on this movie for so long before watching it? This was sublime.

    Claude Rains commands the screen largely via voice alone in a truly wonderful, utterly deranged performance as the Invisible Man. The title's madman is just sitting there, excitedly chatting about ideas to murder and sabotage for his own enjoyment. I love…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    ★★★½

    HOOPTOBER 4.0: WHAT’S ON THE MENU?– FILM #2 of 33: CHILD’S PLAY

    ”Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?”

    I never saw any of the Chucky films before. As a kid, I thought they sounded too scary. And then when I became a horror fan in my teens, I thought they sounded too childish. Funny how that goes. And while I try not to prejudge movies as much anymore, for some reason Chucky just kept getting left behind. So, I decided this…