• Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★

    This is why we can't pronounce Samhain.

  • Amityville 3-D

    Amityville 3-D

    ★★★

    It isn't bad, per se, but quite underwhelming if you just watched the first sequel. There is a great death just over halfway through that's super memorable, makes the movie un-regrettable. Everything else is meh. I do fondly remember the VHS at video stores in the early 1990s, which is when I first began to gawk at horror movies on shelves across the country.

    Watch if you're way into horror and like binging on franchises.

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★½

    Anchovies. Bad like lasagna in a can.

    Some great moments of violence and tension are surrounded by two hours of overwritten dialog delivered like a bored and tired cast during the fortieth table read. Zahler needs more editors, or better yet, a writer to improve his direction.

  • Hardgore

    Hardgore

    ★★★★

    The best Satanic horror porno from 1975 I've ever seen.

    As much as I enjoyed Massacre Video's AVON Triple Feature blu-ray of Phil Prince productions, the quality of this sole feature surpasses everything on that disc. Definitely recommended if you're into weird, grimey old pornos.

  • Texas Chainsaw 3D

    Texas Chainsaw 3D

    ★★★

    Strangely, I didn't hate this. The story ain't bad, I found it refreshing for the franchise. Cheesy 3D FX make it campy and funny. Super brutal too. If you watch a lot of horror movies you could have a decent time with this one.

  • Fortress of Amerikkka

    Fortress of Amerikkka

    ★★★★

    The best pro-American movie ever made. Also features an astonishing mini monologue about a woman's right, as an American, to have sex with the militia man who is holding her captive. Because Very Open Relationship.

  • Cellar Dweller

    Cellar Dweller

    ★★★

    Probably the first adaptation of "Kamen's Kalamity!"

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★★

    Standard genre fare that's quite satisfying with its thrills and kills. Definitely over-the-top, but not to its detriment. Always savage. Made to meet particular expectations, capped off with a vicious ending that reminded me of drug cartel violence.

    I appreciate the effort to be topical and stir the pot with some social issues, while not being too judgey to the primary characters. It keeps the genre fresh and engaging. As long as there is good horror, I'm down.

  • La Cérémonie

    La Cérémonie

    ★★★★★

    Gleefully amoral, if Funny Games was funny. One wonders if Haneke bristled during this one, then wrote a moralistic polemic that became a screenplay.

    For the wicked.

  • Satan's Blood

    Satan's Blood

    ★★★½

    Liked this more the second time around. I had seen a compressed "hd" rip of an earlier hd master for my first viewing. This time, Vinegar Syndrome's blu-ray on a nice tv. It had more texture, color, mood, mild subtleties, and the "how much worse can it get for them" feeling was stronger. Now I'm totally happy to own it. I love the slipcover. Watch José Ramón Larraz's BLACK CANDLES afterward for weirder sex.

  • Stranger in Our House

    Stranger in Our House

    Has one of the best line deliveries of any Wes Craven movie.

  • Belly

    Belly

    ★★★½

    I haven't watched a movie like this in minute. A gun blast from the past, very representative of its time. I liked how familiar genre elements of noir and crime were mixed with hip hop aesthetics, as if Goodfellas was a feature-length late-1990s music video. I liked it, mostly, but I begin to dislike movies when they deliver "the message" in an on-the-nose style. It works for some people, but I find it tacky. Fortunately, there were enough blunts to keep me happy. And that Chiquita character was rad, one of my favorite silent killers.