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  • The Devil's Candy

    The Devil's Candy

    ★★★

    Despite the trope-heavy storyline (of the poor family "overreaching" and landing themselves a too-good-to-be-true bargain on a piece of tainted property) and its somewhat irritating film score, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. I think that's in part due to the good acting: Ethan Embry is pretty reliable for a good performance, as is character actor, Pruitt Taylor Vince. It's visually appealing--full of long-lingering shots that emphasize the characters' reactions to what's going on around them.…

  • 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…

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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"…

  • Sacrifice

    Sacrifice

    ★★½

    This is a very slowly-paced "thriller" that does technically (by way of its reliance on folklore and the ritual act at its center) fall under the umbrella of Folk Horror. It feels more like a Lifetime movie than anything that should be included in the horror section of netflix, however. It's not a terrible film—and I suspect placing it in that horror category has lead to a lot of highly-skewed expectations for this, by the way, as well as scathing…