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  • Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

    Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

    ★★★★

    like being hit in the face with psychedelic monk puke

  • The Final Destination

    The Final Destination

    ★★½

    This movie suffers so much from the absence of practical effects. Laughed at things like a non-death related champagne cork-popping being rendered in cgi. Also, it felt like the first time in the series that the dialogue in between the killings felt completely rote and perfunctory.

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  • The Pit and the Pendulum

    The Pit and the Pendulum

    ★★★½

    Love how there's always the slightest touch of psychedelia in all of the Roger Corman Poe adaptations I've seen. That same counter cultural vibe fits with the narrative too, something about trying to escape the sins of previous generations but just getting sucked back into an even more perverse zombie reenactment. 

    Also Vincent Price doing his oh-so-tortured aristocrat thing is a whacked-out delight, and when he finally dons a robe and starts jumping up and down on the pendulum chain -- hoo boy. That's the stuff.

  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★½

    Hauntology Mulholland Dr.