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  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

    ★½

  • The Dead Zone

    ★★★★

  • Orphan

    ★★★½

  • The Grudge

    ★★★★

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  • The Grudge

    The Grudge

    ★★★★

    Not quite as effective as the original for me, going for bigger, more conventionally structured shocks over the Japanese version’s creeping, inescapable dread. In the first Ju-on, Shimizu does his best to make you feel like this story is happening in real places to real people; here, there’s more of a distance between us and the story, more polished aesthetics to clarify that this is the world of a film. “Not quite as effective” isn’t the same as “not effective”,…

  • Special Effects

    Special Effects

    ★★★★

    For such an incredibly layered, brain-achingly meta film with so much to say about filmmaking, voyeurism, and the act of performance, I spent a whole lot of time thinking “wow, the main theme sounds disturbingly like Careless Whisper”.

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