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  • Wrong Turn

    ★★★½

  • Manos: The Hands of Fate

    ★½

  • The Old Dark House

    ★★★

  • Halloween Kills

    ★★½

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  • Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn

    ★★★½

    There’s enough plot up in here for three movies.

    Brutal and effective, this new version of WT does an excellent job with peaks and valleys.  A group of “hipsters” takes an ahem, wrong turn on their hike through the Appalachian Trail, but not before pissing off some local yokels.  And that’s only the first movie!

    An unpredictable script by original WT writer Alan McElroy is tautly directed by Mike P. Nelson and actually gets better as it goes along.  The scares are…

  • Manos: The Hands of Fate

    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    ★½

    AKA Torgo And The Luggage

    AKA Manos:  ADR Of Fate

    AKA Lil Debbie’s Devil Dog

    AKA Manos And The Extras From Beauty
    School Dropout

    AKA Mike And The Cardigan Of Fate

    AKA Of Mice And Torgo

    AKA Manos:  Tonally Inconsistent Smoky Sax Of Fate

    AKA Where’s The Moth Wrangler?

    AKA The Sufficiently Fierce MuuMuu

    AKA The Imperfectly Pantomimed Book Club

    AKA Jump Cuts:  Editor’s Hands Of Fate

    AKA Where The Hell IS Mike?

    AKA The Blurry Doberman

    AKA Couple In A…

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  • VHS 94

    VHS 94

    ★★★½

    “Herr Commandant…” - obviously a Hogan’s Heroes fan

    Another fun entry in the V/H/S series, with strong outings in three of the four segments.  I’ll leave it to you to decide which one isn’t on the same level.  

    The acting works and the pacing works. One tiny complaint is that the segments seem a little repetitive, with three of the five (including the wrap-around) centered around a militaristic group with guns.  That might be a deliberate choice, to add that ‘94…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    Another fun history revision from QT.  Chock full of great 1969 visuals (thanks to VE supervisor extraordinaire John Dykstra) and propped up by two damn fine performances by Brad and Leo, this one trades most of its suspense for humor, plus a bit more compassion than we’ve seen in a while.  Did we need this?  No.  Did we enjoy it?  Hell yes.