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  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Braindead
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Bride of Frankenstein

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  • Diabolique

    ★★★★

  • Sleepless

    ★★★½

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★

  • Amuck!

    ★★½

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    such a sweet spot in horror, not only as a remarkable sequel that comes close to surpassing its original, but as one that properly turns its villainous icon into an allegory for mental illnesses that fall on deaf ears while simultaneously upping the nightmare realm through phenomenal practical effects and a keen eye for empowering survivors without losing itself to fantastical cheese—quite the mouthful, and quite the feat. Dream Warriors deeply defines its characters and thus enhances the familiar slumberscape while…

  • Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    ★★★★★

    “Frat Row was no longer a street: it was a river. of BLOOD.”

    the quintessential cinematic definition of “so bad it is good,” to the point where it actually is good? the unironic decadence of Dude Bro Party Massacre III is irresistible, filled with perfectly-acted fraternity brothers being torn apart and disemboweled in the name of spectral brotherhood that transcends life and death. but, honestly, it is just stupid-great amusement. many lines are delivered with an expected dimwitted alpha-kappa-beta-sigma-esque demeanor,…

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  • Diabolique

    Diabolique

    ★★★★

    French Hitchcockian dread drowned in a slow-burn thrill of uncertainty, Diabolique is a textbook classic, alluring in its sharp black and white photography and excellent performances which both keep the script tight and seamless, pacing its two-hour runtime efficiently and delivering a final sequence that is to die for. though its twist can be predictable to some degree, the execution is razor, unraveling in sweaty, edge-of-the-seat anticipation, regardless of the occasional meandering before entering the third act. Clouzot captures wickedness…

  • Sleepless

    Sleepless

    ★★★½

    Argento breaches the new millennium with a giallo that fires all of his trademark cylinders, not entirely breathing much freshness into the own craft, but properly embodying the effectiveness of his bloody, tracking-shot, Golbin-scored ways, and doing so with the ever-so kinetic/poorly-dubbed dynamic that makes these films so particularly energized. Sleepless (Non ho sonno) has all the genre bells and whistles: phenomenal set pieces, an irreproachable soundtrack, nasty/stunning gore, and a strong lead performance to put the exhausted mystery narrative…

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  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★

    a cinematography masterpiece, where unimaginable beauty resides in the frigid, brisk depths of an everyday suburbia turned dejected and claustrophobic, as arresting in its visual thrills as it is through the strength of a remarkable ensemble that channels crisp excellence by way of anger, solitude, and despair. Prisoners is a discomforting spectacle that is occasionally mismatched by its over-the-top attempts to tie its loose ends/Jackman’s derailment that ultimately borders comical/sporadic detours/dialogue exchanges that fight to remove from the moment, but,…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★½

    an eerie, moody ghost story that, outside of the downturn into the all-too familiar territory of modern horror’s unbearable obsession with jump scares/trope cues, manages to remain gripping and effectively depressing with its keen approach to grief, where a rabbit hole of bleak nothingness is explored in a misconstrued effort to fill the void, only to discover the void itself. the sound design and somber score emulate a distinct tone of melancholy, spearheaded by Hall’s shattered role where she radiates…