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The weird alchemical magic of this film is the way is steadily burrows deeper into your brain further with every passing year and only gets better and better with every viewing.
I first really hated DePalma’s indulgent, formally and sexually transgressive thriller. But with age, repeat viewings, and a deeper connection to the 70s/80s giallo movement, the filmmaking world of Los Angeles, and my own personal connection to lgbtq and kink communities, the richer themes emerge and the more surface…
You have to understand first and foremost that I grew up in the midwest with a neglectful scuba instructor father who had my brother and I licensed and on dive trips by the time we were 10. And in high school I lived with a manipulative, alcoholic step father who always had David Bowie playing in our house. And that I spent many years trying to emulate and live up to their expectations of me even as they continually ran…
Okay wow this was so much better than expected. The marketing for this has been legendarily bad but goddamn is this such a delightfully silly and beautiful movie. I had an absolute blast! Let Rob Zombie make more camp comedies. Huge shoutout to nightmare man incarnate Richard Brake doing a complete 180 channeling the bitchiest aspects of Peter Cushing.
Feels like a Mario Bava Marx Bros. movie.
I love Lana Wachowski so fucking much. The funniest, most personal, emotional, and jaw dropping franchise/reboot film I’ve ever seen. As much of herself on the screen, writ large through the electric medium of pop blockbusters, as the very first film. A masterstroke in a career built on transforming and redefining movies of this kind. Gives me so much inspiration and hope for the future.