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  • Daughters of Darkness
  • The Hunger
  • Hellraiser
  • Basic Instinct

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  • Candyman

    ★★★

  • Malignant

    ★★★★

  • Witchfinder General

  • An American Crime

    ★★½

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  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    I wanted to love this so badly. It’s a tall order as the original is an all time favorite of mine. Unfortunately, Nia DaCosta’s Candyman (2021) is a jumble of ideas that don’t quite go anywhere. Scenes happen that don’t lead anywhere, symbols and threads of ideas are introduced that are never picked up again. Even writing about it, I’m compelled to speak in fragmented sentences. 

    There are some great moments; like when young girl sees her friends being gutted by…

  • An American Crime

    An American Crime

    ★★½

    An American Crime is a drab film that is rescued from total ennui thanks to performances by Catherine Keener as Gertrude Baniszweski and Elliot Page as Sylvia Likens. Page is an impeccable choice to play Sylvia, who by firsthand accounts was quite the tomboyish cutup. In fact, Millett speculates on Sylvia’s gender transgressions as one of the key motives for her suppression and torture by Gertrude, a victim of abject womanhood. Unfortunately, Page is all but wasted in this department.…

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  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    ★★★★½

    An engaging an artful documentary that leaves the Netflix non-fiction tripe in the dust. I’m a huge fan of Kier-La Janisse, and this 3 hour titan of folk horror scholarship and experimental animation does not disappoint.

  • Hard Candy

    Hard Candy

    ★★★½

    Hard Candy, to put it lightly, is a difficult film. The “rape revenge” trope is stripped away of grindhouse’s campy, gritty accoutrements. There’s none of the mischief that brought the subject underground popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. This lack renders Hard Candy sterile, and, worse: sanctimonious. From the Fincher-esque opening credits, to the minimalist set dressing of Jeff’s interiors, to the cynical ending, the film lacks the outlandish catharsis of a typical rape revenge flick: Camille Keaton seducing and…