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  • Red Surf

    ★★½

  • Dracula and Son

    ★★★

  • Jaws

    ★★★★★

  • Dark Places

    ★★½

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  • Red Surf

    Red Surf

    ★★½

    George Clooney's always had a good sense of humor about the dues-paying junk he made prior to ER, so it's too bad he didn't participate in Vinegar Syndrome's new Blu-ray release of the forgotten 1990 B actioner RED SURF. Made after his stint on THE FACTS OF LIFE and when he had a recurring role on ROSEANNE, Clooney is top-billed in RED SURF, starring as Remar, a former surfing phenom whose career was cut short by a knee injury. Now…

  • Dracula and Son

    Dracula and Son

    ★★★

    Part of Severin's new "Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Vol 2" set, the original French director's cut of 1976's DRACULA AND SON provides a witty final bow as the Count for Lee, who delivers his performance almost entirely in French except for a few bits of English and some occasional Romanian swearing when he's annoyed with his dweeby son Ferdinand (Bernard Menez, who also co-starred with Peter Cushing in 1974's TENDER DRACULA, another French vampire spoof). Dracula and son are chased…

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  • Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    ★★★★½

    Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…