Favorite films

  • The Thing
  • Prince of Darkness
  • In the Mouth of Madness
  • The Void

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  • Mortuary

    ★★½

  • Wounds

    ★★★

  • The Thing From Another World

    ★★★½

  • Werewolves Within

    ★★★

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  • Mortuary

    Mortuary

    ★★½

    I had no idea Hooper directed this, and the reviews are fairly positive--which surprises me a little, and I suspect some of the positivity might be associated with Hooper in general. It's a pretty silly movie, and in retrospect I suppose I should have watched it as if that absurdity were intentional. With others like Stuart Gordon, it's obvious that there is a tongue firmly placed in the director's cheek. I honestly didn't get that from the film. Regardless, it's…

  • Wounds

    Wounds

    ★★★

    Man, this has some terrible reviews. I don't know why that surprises me. I've watched it twice now, and I'll admit that the relationship junk weighs it down to the point that it practically slogs at times. I would have loved to see more related to the ritual itself. Its absence might have been a (n intentional/unintentional?) nod to the "veiling" that should happen in good cosmic/lovecraftian horror (?). Either way, it wasn't successful here and denied viewers of what…

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  • 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 sit well with me either, since there's a…

  • Winchester

    Winchester

    ★★

    "Winchester" had a budget of $3.5 million and made almost $39 million at the box office. There are low-budget films in my 'viewed' list that are ten times more interesting. Heck, I've watched episodes of "Supernatural" that were better written. It's a particular point of irritation to me when movies that are based on stories with so much available background info, that are beautifully shot, and that are populated with excellent actors are so terrible due to lack of creativity…