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  • Devil Times Five

    ★★★½

  • Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist

    ★★★½

  • The Great Gabbo

    ★★★½

  • The Gate

    ★★★★

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  • The Great Gabbo

    The Great Gabbo

    ★★★½

    NEW IN '22: #4:

    Early talkie with Eric von Stroheim as a mentally unstable ventriloquist and his climb to the top of the vaudeville era marquee with a frighteningly bug-eyed dummy named Otto in tow that looks and sounds like a mini-Peter Lorre.

    Miscagatorised as a horror flick while more of a backstage-melodrama, but not without some proto-Magic (1979) vibes in Stroheim's barking, assholish performance.

    The pacing is hampered by some overlong song and dance sequences with some crazy acrobatic-choreo and lavish costumes; making this more a curious peek into the entertainment of yester-hundred years ago.

    Weird little flick.

  • Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist

    Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist

    ★★★½

    NEW IN '22: #5:

    Friedkin gives a running commentary of.sorts on the genesis of The Exorcist with a lot of the same old trivia bits and some new fun facts.

    Bonus points for the raw footage of Linda Blair's yet-to-be-dubbed over line reads in boogers up demon makeup which is comically unnerving.

    Just can't see Stacy Keach as Father Karras, though...

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★½

    33 % old school, Dead Silence-era James Wan, dripping in his patented atmospherics that I love so much: fog, neon, overhead shots, and the only director working today that can efficiently and effectively pull off jump scares.

    33 % 90s Darkman / Army of Darkness-era Sam Raimi splat-stick pyrotechnic stunt show silliness, Dutch angles and zooms and dreary, noir-y set pieces that I had forgotten how much I loved and realized has been missing in my life for far too…

  • Taste the Blood of Dracula

    Taste the Blood of Dracula

    ★★½

    (I Never Had) The Bloody Hammer #16:

    Lee returns after being summoned via black magick rituals (and some neat re-hydrated Alka Seltzer-looking blood effects) by a quartet of hedonistic assholey aristocrats. When the blood drinking ceremony goes wrong (as it usually does), the resurrected Count goes on a vengeance tear hunting down the three remaining elder jerkwads by turning their daughters into gleefully evil be-fanged acolytes.

    While upping the quotient on blood, nudity, sex and violence from the previous installments,…