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  • The Rules of Attraction

    ★★★½

  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★½

  • Eternals

    ★★★½

  • Frenzy

    ★★★★½

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  • The Advent Calendar

    The Advent Calendar

    ★★★★

    Best New To Me - 2022
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    Yep, I watched a christmas horror a week into the new year, but I don't care, this Belgian supernatural/wish themed horror was absolutely fantastic any time of year.

    A paraplegic former dancer is gifted a unique antique advent calendar by her friend that comes with some very strict rules and Monkey's Paw style wish fulfillment consequences. While the basic plotting may be familiar, the execution was unique and the acting top notch -…

  • Nothing Underneath

    Nothing Underneath

    ★★★★

    My Giallo List - Ranked
    Best New To Me 2021
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    I've got a stack three feet high of VS titles to watch but this is one of the newest ones to arrive and it immediately was first to hit my blu-ray.

    This is exactly what I expected. A peak 80s euro sleaze giallo with a DePalma itch to scratch down to the Body Double soundalike, excuse me, "homage" score from Pino Donaggio. Of course, director Carlo Vanzina might aspire…

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  • The Rules of Attraction

    The Rules of Attraction

    ★★★½

    As a cohesive narrative this wildly experimental and over the top "teen" film from Roger Avery adapting Brett Easton Ellis is something of a failure. Yet even if the sum doesn't come close to equalling the dazzling parts, we are left with dead on performances, stunningly executed and at times novel filmmaking and a drop dead soundtrack and score.

    Parts of the film are sure to be triggering and difficult for some to sit through - but that's part of…

  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★½

    2022 Cult Movie Challenge
    Film 5/52 - Svengooolie
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    What a bizarre, tonally weird, highly entertaining and influential movie this is. Vincent Price was Jigsaw before Saw with one more creative kill trap after another. Playing a horribly disfigured widow seeking revenge on the doctors who let his young wife (a very young Caroline Munro in a silent cameo) die on the table. We don't see Price's injuries till the end, but we know he's hiding behind his "wig" and…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    Haven't watched this in over a year and a half and as I had cued up Cozzi's Black Cat and had time for two I decided to start with one of my favorites and one of Argento's very best. I have the Synapse 4K UHD and WOW. the picture quality was astounding. Super bright colors and perfect grain. Just so good.

    I was struck by how otherworldly this one is from the very beginning. Argento pulls from his Bava playbook…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★½

    Not nearly as bad as the reviews led me to believe, but also not nearly as good as it could and should have been.

    The CGI is ok, but too much and while this is a refreshingly "adult" marvel film, the characters are largely too wooden with poorly explained motivations at times and while I alway love Kumail Nanjiani, his comedic snark felt misplaced despite being a Marvel staple. Special shout to to Ma Dong-Seok. He was a standout in…