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Well I really was a bit of a silly billy rating this 3.5 stars when I first watched it because it’s actually fantastic. Admittedly, I first watched it in 2018 in July, not long after I joined Letterboxd and not long after I started expanding my taste in films in general. 70s horror is quite a different experience for someone accustomed to faster paced movies, as was clearly the case with 17 year old me. Revisiting this 3 years on…
It’s clear why Rocky caught the nations hearts back in 1976. Fat City, released 4 years earlier, another boxing comeback film of sorts, portrayed the relentless cycle of poverty, alcoholism, and unhappiness that prevents the main character from breaking out and making a name for himself. Rocky on the other hand is an uplifting success story through and through. I love Fat City, but it’s obvious that the public were in dire need of a working class character like Rocky…
Cherry Falls has all the parts required to form an entertaining slasher, but throughout the runtime it felt so hollow and lacking of any soul I found it very difficult to connect to the plot. It’s very of its time, and it tries so hard to be clever by flipping the ‘virgins always live’ slasher staple on its head. However, that premise isn’t enough to carry the movie and it’s very clear they threw…
I see this entry in the Halloween series get a lot of flack, but god, I really loved this. Sure, the weird cult plot line is all over the place, but it’s so essentially Halloween at it’s core, what’s not to love? I feel like they could stick Michael Myers and that iconic doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo piano music into any film and it’d make it an instant winner for me.
To start with the big guns, right off the bat the credits…
More of a whodunnit than a gore filled slasher, but still entertaining nonetheless. Happy Birthday to Me had me guessing continuously about who the killer was, and the ending still managed to wow me with the sheer insanity. It really does manage to pull twist after twist out of the bag in the last 15 minutes. It’s completely mad. The rest of the the film doesn’t live up to the finale but it’s an interesting build-up that didn’t bore me.
And I have to say, I loved that kill scene with the white rose. What a dramatic shot!
I was entirely too harsh on The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield when I first watched it. There’s something to be appreciated within this frankly absurd viewing experience that has a certain charm. When I originally watched this I hadn’t seen an awful lot of Jayne’s back catalog and I think that was detrimental to my rating. After you’ve seen Panic Button and The Las Vegas Hillbillies this film is a godsend.
In this film we witness Jayne Mansfield…