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  • Frankenstein
  • Diary of a Lost Girl
  • Shoah
  • After Life

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  • Man on a Swing

    ★★½

  • The House of the Devil

    ★★★★

  • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

    ★★★★½

  • Days of Being Wild

    ★★★½

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  • Man on a Swing

    Man on a Swing

    ★★½

    I saw MAN ON A SWING in the theater during its opening week on a Thursday night.  There were possibly 15 folks in the audience.  As I walked to my car after the show, I didn’t have the feeling of being entertained that I usually have after a show.  In fact, I felt empty.  My mind may be playing tricks on me, but if I remember correctly, it was gone the next day.  None of my friends talked about seeing…

  • The House of the Devil

    The House of the Devil

    ★★★★

    THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is a creepy piece of nastiness firmly rooted in the “Don’t open that door!” school of horror filmmaking.  Most of the first half hour consisted of “Samantha walking around” shots and “sitting down and talking” scenes which I find are most often used to “burn running time” to get the show to feature length.  From that point until the end, though, it plays like a slightly padded episode of one of the better “American Horror…

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★★

    HALLOWEEN KILLS initially seemed to be serving the same purpose that HALLOWEEN II did for the original series.  Both had a really good opening sequence (although HALLOWEEN II still maintains its edge with the classic retort from Dr. Loomis, “You don’t know what death is!”).  Both at first seem to concentrate mostly on the variety of “kills.”  And both have an extended hospital sequence.
       
    The differences soon show through, and impressed me much more than the film that…

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★★

    When I first saw DIRTY HARRY, I was several months underage.  The older brother of my best friend worked at the theater as an usher and agreed to “pass” me.  I was so excited to be seeing a film in the theater that had nudity and bloody violence.  (Hey, I led a sheltered life.)
        
    What I took away from it was a healthy respect for an incredibly intense story, the most believably real psychopathic villain I’ve still ever…