• The Stone Tape

    The Stone Tape

    ★★★★

    After watching Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, two of the properties that were talked about that caught my eye were The Stone Tape and the Quatermass BBC miniseries, and for very obvious reasons. Both were written by Nigel Kneale, who wrote Hammer's trilogy of Quatermass movies and wrote the original script for Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. After looking online (aka: I looked on youtube) I found a good copy of it and gave it a watch while dealing…

  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    ★★★★

    A truly monolithic documentary that's left me with a never ending list of movies I need to watch....once I get through Severin's folk horror boxset of course. At 3 and a half hours, it's a pretty daunting watch (I ended up watching it over the course of a week in chunks), but if you have any interest in folk horror or even just the history of horror in general, it's a must watch. I was also not expecting to hear someone talk about Fukuyama's "The End of History" and how it relates to folk horror's recent resurgence either so that's pretty cool.

  • Busting

    Busting

    ★★★

    I really wasn't feeling Busting for the first 30 minutes or so, but then the kick ass chase/shoot out happened. After that I was in to it. Busting's a pretty early example of the stereotypical buddy cop movie and at times it feels like a parody. It's totally saved by some fleet footed camera work and Gould playing a scuzzy, trash vice-cop to *chef's kiss* perfection. It also ends on a darker note than most buddy cop movies but far…

  • Santa's Slay

    Santa's Slay

    ★★

    I appreciated that Santa's Slay stayed true to Goldberg's in-ring work rate since none of the fight scenes go longer than 3 minutes and they look like shit.

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★

    Me watching The Matrix sequels for the first time since 2003: “Yeah, these are just like I remember, not too good… wait, is that Cornel West??? Alright I’m back in.”

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    It’s not the best Christmas horror movie ever, because Christmas Evil exists, but it’s a solid runner up. Also, after watching To All a Goodnight, it may as well be Citizen Kane.

  • To All a Goodnight

    To All a Goodnight

    ★★

    I honestly don’t know how to feel about To All a Goodnight. It has some real nuggets of gold in it, but it’s mostly just another dogshit slasher. It also has next to no Christmas vibes in it either. It looks and feels like it was shot in july, probably because it was. I dunno, maybe I’ll give it another shot next year, because I won’t remember anything about it. Shit, I just finished it and all I remember is Harry Reems getting mulched up by a plane propeller.

  • Don't Answer the Phone!

    Don't Answer the Phone!

    ★★

    “McCabe, you eat alotta Mayonaise, dont’chya?”
    -dipshit cop #2

    I appreciated the “man, late 70s/early 80s LA was fuckin’ grungy AF” vibes, but when I had to sit through yet another overly long scene with the chuckleheaded buddy cops, I just wished I was watching Vice Squad. I could have used alot more Nicholas Worth standing around shirtless, greased up with sweat, just going bonkers and lifting weights.

  • Blood Beat

    Blood Beat

    ★★★★

    I don't think I really need to say too much about Blood Beat. A lady faps out a killer samurai ghost and gets into psychic fist fights with a Shelley Duvall clone. It's a drug fueled nonsense-fest that gives zero fucks. It's the highest form of trash art and is perfect for any weirdo's Christmas horror movie rotation. Go get yourself some eggnog, dump a bunch of whiskey in it, take some peyote, sit back & enjoy.

  • Demons

    Demons

    ★★★★★

    Just got the Synapse 4k of Demons and I gotta say: HDR makes all the neon (standard or vomit variety) pop right off the screen. Badass, gnarly shit.

  • Retribution

    Retribution

    ★★★★

    Oh hell yeah! I've had Severin's fancy ass Blu-ray of Retribution sitting on my watch pile for months now and I'm kicking myself because I didn't get around to watching it sooner. This movie kicks ass! The minute the synths kick in when you press play you know you're in for a crazy ass journey. What follows is an hour and 48 minutes of late 80s high strangeness. You get everything from giant Easter Island heads gushing blood from their…

  • The Demons of Ludlow

    The Demons of Ludlow

    ★★★

    Yay! A movie in the Bill Rebane boxset that was not only watchable but I totally dug! So after watching The Demons of Ludlow it's pretty obvious that Bill Rebane totally watched The Fog and decided to put his own weirdo mid-western take on it. Not only did he rip off The Fog, he made a FUN rip off of The Fog. It has a nice chilly vibe that really elevates the material, and snowy Wisconsin really makes for a…