David Zeidler

Film school grad who still managed to come out liking Pieces and Death Spa way more than Citizen Kane or 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Favorite films

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Halloween
  • Black Christmas
  • The Thing

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  • Ricochet

    ★★★★

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    ★★★½

  • Home Alone 3

    ★★★

  • Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

    ★★★½

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  • Ricochet

    Ricochet

    ★★★★

    Anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned ridiculous Schwarzenegger romp should be over the moon for this absolutely fucking outrageous tour de force of trash insanity. John Lithgow has got to be one of the more menacing human villains I’ve seen in the movies, and he ratchets it up to full tilt here. But Denzel is the real surprise. During the first half he brings all the suave charm we’ve come to expect, but in the second half he’s completely…

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    ★★★½

    I can appreciate that this film understands what tricks it’s got in its bag and is confident enough to allow them to carry all the weight. Ultimately, this couldn’t possibly have more than a half-page treatment:

    Main character’s family and friends are killed by an oppressive regime, main character retreats to Shaolin Temple to learn Kung Fu, montage sequence lasting a full hour, main character demonstrates everything he’s learned by kicking every ass that wronged him. The end. 

    It’s almost…

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  • Halloween Ends

    Halloween Ends

    ★★★½

    So… I’ve read enough reviews at this point to realize that this is apparently going to be a pretty hot take, but I 100% stand by it. Here we go…

    First off, I’ve been a huge fan of this franchise since I first saw the original as a 13-year old. These movies have lived in my head for nearly 30 years now. There were times when I was younger that I even held nonsense like parts 5 and 6 in…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    About as no-bullshit as they come. Lean, fast-paced, intense, and thoroughly gratifying. This should be the go-to text on how to reimagine an existing property in the modern age. Instead of over-complicating things or trying too hard to be clever, they boiled down the original story elements until what remained was the core of what made Predator work, then built carefully off of that. It’s all the hunter/hunter suspense and graphic gore - set against a striking landscape - that…