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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★★

    First, I'm generally sick of kids in horror. Second, I'm like super-skeptical when a genre flick garners high praise from all-round. So I was quite mixed about this. But in all honesty, VVitch truly deserves much of its hype.

    From the first frame I was entranced by the atmospheric blackness. More than just a horror film, VVitch is an experience: A descent into the darkness. Pure and uncompromised. Ambiguous and absorbing. Simple but brutally tense. Even the soundtrack is stellar…

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  • The Invasion

    The Invasion

    ★★★

    Alien spores arrive from outer space to terrorize our boring modern life.

    This update of Don Siegel's 1956 pulp classic was heavily ripped apart by the Wachowski brothers. Strange, really strange, something pretty cool came out of it, after all. I'm only sorry it was condemned to be a big-budget failure right from the very start. Critics hated it. The left hated it. Only the right embraced it, for whatever reason.

    Fuck the left! Fuck the right! Conformists all of…

  • Mr. Jones

    Mr. Jones

    ★★★★

    Who is Mr. Jones? Blessed if I know. What I do know, the sinister scarecrow artist has what it takes to build a successful career in 21st century horror. The feeling behind his shamanistic creations is very eerie, but so is the feeling that his totem sculptures may actually be psychic weapons. Really, the whole "mythology" is not only great, it's unique.

    The only downside is the final act: too artsy, too trippy, the spell breaks, all incantations lose their…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    1982's Blade Runner has brought us many things, but mostly it brought us noir-esque poetry with a permeating Nietzschean edge. Maybe too edgy. Its anti-blockbuster status may have propelled Ridley’s '82-version into cult status, but on the downside, the artsy, almost punishingly slow stature has always turned a lot of people off.

    Consequently, Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up isn’t anywhere as deep, mythically charged as the '82-version. And yet, it has enough guts and dignity to summon the original's spirit. That's what's…

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed

    ★★★★★

    Still feels fresh and cool every time I go back to it… and that takes a lot of doing these days.

    On the outside, Nightbreed is totally '80s: from the fantastic makeup to Danny Elfman's Hellraiser-ish soundtrack; almost like a last solemn farewell to the golden age of Horror. But on the inside, Nightbreed is full-on progressive '90s stuff: An ultra-sharp political allegory about the persecution of outcasts. Ethnic cleansing wrapped up in mythical fantasy.

    The Cabal Cut is very…