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  • Dawn of the Dead
  • This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse
  • The Devil's Wedding Night
  • Redneck Zombies

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  • Spirits Among Us

  • Hatchet II

    ★★½

  • Muck

    ½

  • If She Screams

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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    MINOR SPOILERS, if you haven't seen this, it's best to go in with as little background as possible.

    It only stands to reason the greatest zombie film yet to come from Japan actually isn't a zombie film at all. Despite the marketing hook, it also sits well outside of the horror genre. Instead it's a transcendent celebration of the creative process that pulls a brilliant humanistic double duty.

    Director/screenwriter Shinichiro Ueda uses the production of a live zombie short done…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    The Oscar-conquering Silence of the Lambs will likely forever remain the greatest intersection of high-minded prestige that the Academy gravitates towards and lowbrow exploitation not-so-secretly loathed. A sharp screenplay mated with no-frills execution that doesn't shy away from any horrific visual or underpinning. Demme deftly balances this show-and-tell, only strengthening the stakes, so much so it's easy to believe Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill are highly accurate portrayals of real life monsters bearing the same names.

    Saying this, and given…

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  • Spirits Among Us

    Spirits Among Us

    Where's my "I Survived Spirits Among Us" sticker? A family starts hearing muffled scratching, objects fall from shelves, and chili backs up into the sink of their new residence. The activity centers around their young daughter and drives a couple mad until a priest advises the burning of occult items from the former owners. They do so, read verse aloud, and the haunt ceases.

    Dove Foundation-approved junk proving Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) as the ultimate in confirming beliefs toward possession…

  • Hatchet II

    Hatchet II

    ★★½

    For all its "controversy"—going as far as a unrated theatrical bow/stunt—this sequel isn't nearly as vicious as Hatchet (2006) despite more bodies folded into flesh accordions. Quite obvious effects maven John Carl Buechler stepped away with rubbery gore and crimson like tomato soup cut with milk not filling the void. Crowley's redesign suffers the most; perhaps easier on Kane Hodder, but now a cartoonish kidney bean emitting demonic growls from old DOOM games. Unlike the first, his look and violence…

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  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    WE aRe THe tHiNGs thAT wERe AnD Jayson can't look at Evil Dead II objectively at all.

    The film that blew wind into the sails of many a horror fan's maiden voyage or solidified lifelong love for the genre. I distinctly remember my first time. Back when Syfy was The Sci-fi Channel in 1995, and actually worth a damn, they used to do movie theme weeks. Maybe their most memorable was a zombie week dubbed Zombie-A-Go-Go hosted by Rob Zombie.…

  • Jeepers Creepers

    Jeepers Creepers

    ★★★★

    Gotta hand it to the detestable supposed human behind this, he crafted one of the best contemporary horror films of the '00s with Jeepers Creepers. Justin Long and Gina Philips strike a sibling relationship with gentle barbs and genuine sense of caring that's rarely seen in the genre. The Creeper's unique mythos is well developed having a folksy bent that predates the recent trend in earthen-based horrors. Jonathan Breck plays up the character's toyful menace from seasonal generations of chasing…