Joseph Howell

Joseph Howell

Larry King Says "Don't Say a Word" is “a thriller to end all thrillers."

Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • The Thing
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Yojimbo

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  • Intruder

    ★★★★

  • Treasure of the Ninja

    ★★★★

  • Cruising

    ★★★★

  • Fear Street: 1666

    ★★½

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  • Intruder

    Intruder

    ★★★★

    “I’m just crazy about this store!”

    One of the best late 80s slasher movies. As one reviewer pointed out, it’s a film of two halves-one movie is a look at a night in the life of some people who work at a grocery store, while the other is a gory, darkly comic slasher movie. Thankfully, the characters are mostly likable, the humor is actually funny and the splatter is impressive. The surprisingly bleak conclusion, also stands out, as does the…

  • Treasure of the Ninja

    Treasure of the Ninja

    ★★★★

    So thoughtful of our protagonist to have a non alcohol or caffeinated drink toast. Truly a role model.

    Anyways, this might be the best of the films Bleeding Skull have released. An constantly entertaining jungle (aka the forest area in the directors backyard) adventure/kung fu extravaganza filled with bad dubbing, constant fight scenes, zombie ninjas, music that sometimes sounds like helicopter blades, seemingly endless narration and more enthusiasm and love than I thought could be possible in a movie like this. Seriously, this is the kind of micro budget labor of love we should be celebrating.

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  • Slaughterhouse

    Slaughterhouse

    ★★★

    Pretty dumb but entertaining late 80's slasher that makes up for what it (mostly) lacks in successful humor with some effective direction and cinematography (I was left wishing the director had done more after this) and performances that are shockingly not bad. As for the kills? They aren't as great as you'd hope from a movie with a guy that has a huge meat cleaver, but it's still gory enough.

    Also, love the scene where Lester drives the cop car around. Never before has an actor playing a slasher villain had such an infectious sense of joy doing something so goofy.

  • Winterbeast

    Winterbeast

    ★★★½

    Been reading about that pole of yours

    First film in Vinegar Syndromes Homegrown Horrors box set, which may or may not be their answer to Arrow’s American Horror Project series (which reminds me that I need to review The Child already). It’s also a real brain frying entity that deserves a large cult following from fans of regional oddities.

    An unexplainable experience that defies rational logic. People talk in a manner that feels alien. Stop motion beasts randomly attack people who often offer…