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  • Unnatural

    Unnatural

    ★★½

    "Unnatural" is just a step or two above a Syfy Channel movie but still fairly effective natural horror of the Promethean sort, I suppose. It's not your shaky-camera/stilted dialogue flavor of lower-budget film and is certainly more watchable than some I've seen lately. My biggest problems with the movie were related to writing--including having to wait so long for the rich jerk to get shredded while simultaneously losing some of the more likable characters early on. Much of this genre…

  • The Blackwell Ghost

    The Blackwell Ghost

    ★★★

    More immersive horror, this time pseudo-doc style--it was weirdly watchable despite the fact that not much happens. Folks who enjoy this sort of thing will not be surprised by the fact that not much happens; standard stuff for the subgenre, etc. I found the filmmaker a little irritating until his wife was introduced; their banter was actually pretty entertaining at times. The line "people put bodies in weird places; it's not abnormal" got a laugh out of me, and I…

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  • Southbound

    Southbound

    ★★★★

    Anthology films are, generally, a mixed bag; most Horror fans know that going in. Even V/H/S, the film that many seem to reference when discussing a recent resurgence in the style, was fairly uneven. Although critics usually blame specific directors/writers for disrupted flow, the framing story is key, in my view. If an anthology can somehow shift from story to story and still make perfect sense within that frame, I find I enjoy it much more than the jostled, "shifting"…

  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

    ★★★½

    I rewatched this film this morning after spotting it on the 'featured' page on Shudder. I had a relatively fond recollection of it, but I couldn't remember details. For some reason, like many folks, I think that I mentally placed it under that general umbrella of 'found footage'/'immersive horror' and filed it away as part of a general mainstream trend at the time; however, it's not that at all. "Mockumentary" doesn't really set well with me either, since there's a…