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reviewed Hangar 18. June 11
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Hangar 18
I was one of the folks who had the good fortune to see HANGAR 18 when it was released originally theatrically.  Come to think of it, I think I saw it twice.  It was my kind of story: soft science fiction all set against the backdrop of a government conspiracy.       While the picture opened with the qualifier that it was all based on facts, I had done my share of …
reviewed The Hitcher (1986 movie). August 17, 2012
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** out of ****    Robert Harmon's "The Hitcher" is a crowd-pleaser slasher movie. The original script that didn't make it to the screen was a lot darker and violent and was therefore scrapped (because darkness and violence is just no good), the suspense isn't too slow-burn for a majority audience so that it's easily accessible, and it'd got a big name in the cast that everyone …
reviewed Eaten Alive (movie). July 26, 2012
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*** out of ****    Tobe Hooper's "Eaten Alive" is a film so tasteless and sleazy that literally the first few words of dialogue spoken are by Robert Englund as Buck, who is as he says, "fixin' to fuck". You might recognize this line of dialogue because it was slightly altered by Quentin Tarantino for his film "Kill Bill: Volume 1". So you see, in spite of the obvious shit - yes, …
reviewed Motel Hell. July 22, 2012
Motel Hell
Travelers who find lodging at the remote Motel Hello are treated to the delicious beef jerky of Farmer Vincent (an aging Rory Calhoun), proprietor of both the inn and a popular line of smoked meat products.  These transients only take their leave as a supplemental ingredient of the latter concern's victuals following subjection to the husbandman's sophisticated processing methods!  …
reviewed The Hills Have Eyes (1977 movie). April 29, 2012
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The Hills Have Eyes
** out of ****    An American family, California-bound by RV and car, stop at a creepy gas station ran by a shady old man. We know that the gas station is creepy - and that the old man is shady - because the scene that comes before the arrival of the family, which involves a strange conversation between the old man and a young and ragged woman (who the old man hides in a closet …
reviewed Battle Royale. March 30, 2012
posted in ASIANatomy
Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
   So much has been written about the film.  So much has been said.  So much has been debated, discussed, dissected, and so much has been praised or insulted or misunderstood.  Those of us who celebrate film will always owe a special debt to the people at Anchor Bay: for the first time since it was released, BATTLE ROYALE is now being made available – uncensored, uncut, …
reviewed The Stuff. March 15, 2012
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*** out of ****    Larry Cohen's "The Stuff" concerns the discovery of a mysterious bubbling goo that some man located in the arctic or somewhere like that happens upon and samples; only to become instantaneously entrapped by how drop-dead delicious it is. From then on, we learn that the glop has been harvested and is now being sold as a yogurt-like product called The Stuff. It's …
reviewed Cannibal Holocaust. March 15, 2012
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Cannibal Holocaust
**** out of ****    "The one that goes all the way!" "The Most Controversial Film of All-Time!" "Ripout! Barbeque! Devour! How long can you take it?" So goes just three of the many taglines for Ruggero Deodato's infamous "Cannibal Holocaust"; a film that once tested the limits and tolerance of exploitation, and still does to this day. I don't have a very hard time imagining that …
reviewed I Drink Your Blood. January 28, 2012
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I Drink Your Blood
**** out of ****    A Satanic cult of hippies enters a small ghost town. They're looking for trouble; assuming that it won't dare confront them, knowing the kind of things that they're in to, and what they practice. On the night of their first ritual, they rape a girl that comes from the town outside the woods in which they gather. She runs back home; injured, and before long she …
reviewed El Topo. January 09, 2012
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El Topo
**** out of ****    After seeing but two of the four major works of surrealist cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky - "Santa Sangre" and "The Holy Mountain" - , I came to a sudden realization; there were still two more of the acclaimed director's films that I needed to tackle. One of those films is "El Topo"; a film that I have tried many times before to sit through; each time failing …
reviewed The Fog. January 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Fog
*** out of ****    I absolutely adore seaside terror. As a resident of coastal Maine; I can relate to these tales for their locations, their adapted characters, their situations, and above all, their monsters. While there are certainly some seaside classics in the horror genre; it doesn't get enough respect nowadays and I think that needs to change. But of course, until someone …
reviewed My Bloody Valentine. December 24, 2011
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My Bloody Valentine
*1/2 out of ****    If my idea of fun consisted of corny dialogue, choppy plotting, and mediocre editing; then "My Bloody Valentine" would be a personal favorite in the field of simple-minded, guilty entertainment. Too bad my idea of fun almost never includes any of those three things; I can let all logic go and have a good time with certain films if there is enough craft, but …
reviewed From Beyond. December 05, 2011
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*** out of ****    If there's one reason to know the name of Stuart Gordon, it's because of his early masterwork of trash "Re-Animator". If there's anything you'll know the writer H.P. Lovecraft from, it's his classic short story "The Call of Cthulhu". These two brilliant minds met once in 1985 with the already-said film; "Re-Animator". Now, they have met once again in "From Beyond"; …
reviewed Alone in the Dark (1982 movie). November 30, 2011
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*** out of ****    Since it's such an overused concept, I've often found myself wondering whether tongue-in-cheek horror movies are even the best kind; or whether they're good at all. But of course, that last part is silly; there are horror movies that I love - "The Evil Dead", "Night of the Creeps", "The Evil Dead II" - and the thing that all three of those films have in common …
reviewed Halloween (1978 movie). November 06, 2011
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Halloween
**** out of ****     I like taking long walks in the night; preferably before winter is upon us. It's just a personal past-time; I enjoy the cold air, the ominous winds, and of course, the lights that illuminate the front porch of every house. So, given that I take so many nighttime strolls, it should come to no surprise that I find John Carpenter's "Halloween" to be one of the …
reviewed The Beyond. October 25, 2011
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**** out of ****     How can something as violent, gruesome, disgusting, and relentlessly grotesque as "The Beyond" also be so mysteriously beautiful? As a film directed by Lucio Fulci - one of the Godfathers of Gore - whimsical qualities are what we least expect. But then...as you may know, I've enjoyed a few Lucio Fulci films before this one. I liked "Zombie". I liked "City of …
reviewed Friday the 13th. October 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Friday the 13th
*1/2 out of ****     I don't believe there's any such thing as "old fashion" when one is speaking of the slasher genre, although without-a-doubt, some might disagree. I bring such a thing up because here is a film that most will refer to when they think "old fashion slasher movie"; an infamous abomination of a horror movie that is completely undeserving of its current reputation, …
reviewed City of the Living Dead. October 02, 2011
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City of the Living Dead
*** out of ****     For a while I had doubts about Lucio Fulci, Italian gore-master of the horror genre, understanding a darned thing about surrealism and how to truly influence the dream-logic movement. Some films simply exist to make no sense whatsoever and show us what is the equivalent of a dream; Fulci presents nightmares. I first saw and reviewed his "City of the Living Dead" …
reviewed When a Stranger Calls. September 23, 2011
When a Stranger Calls
Seven years after a homicidal lunatic terrorizes a babysitter (Carol Kane) via telephone in the home of her wealthy hosts, that same psychopath (Tony Beckley) finds himself fixated on a lonely lush (Colleen Dewhurst) while sought by a former detective turned P.I. (Charles Durning).      This might have been another unexceptional thriller if not for its perfectly apt cast. Fragile …
reviewed Q - The Winged Serpent. August 10, 2011
Q - The Winged Serpent
Look out from above! Awakened from its ageless slumber by some generous instances of human sacrifice, Aztec god Quetzalcoatl nests in the Chrysler Building and swoops over Manhattan, devouring the city's residents at random. Neat, eh? After an inept thief (Michael Moriarty, not too many years prior to his successes in Troll and Law & Order) discovers the god-beast in the aftermath of a botched …
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