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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…

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    Throughout Akira Kurosawa’s illustrious career the director often adapted classic literature from overseas and transformed the stories into tales about Japan. Some of his favorite writers that he took the most inspiration from were Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and Maxim Gorky, but it’s the Shakespeare adaptations that made for the most interesting films. Kurosawa did away with Shakespeare’s words but kept the tragic plots largely intact. Shakespeare’s Macbeth became Throne of Blood, a film about a samurai that commits murder in order…

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  • It's in the Blood

    It's in the Blood

    ★★½

    It's in the Blood is a horror story about a father and son facing demons in the woods while also reliving the demons of their past. Or maybe it's the same demon? Hard to say. There's a good movie in here somewhere. Sadly it's largely lost within the quagmire of confusing editing of a poorly structured screenplay. The movie should not have attempted to have past and present play out at the same time, it's not effective and hurts the dramatic push of the story. But I like some of what was attempted here. And Lance Henriksen is very good.

  • The Witch in the Window

    The Witch in the Window

    ★★★★

    This is the good stuff. Strong character work and old school scares performed well. Horror drama with zero time for bullshit.

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  • 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…

  • 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…