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  • Don't Go in the House

    Don't Go in the House

    ★★★★

    Don't Go in the House would make a great psycho Gein/Bates boys triple feature with Deranged [1974] and Maniac [1980]. What's interesting about this one is that the pathetic misogynist at the center feels more like a Ted Bundy caricature than Ed Gein, he uses a pushy but harmless mama's boy persona to lure women into his spooky flop Victorian house sparsely decorated with antiques and dead moms.

    It's fascinating [and frustrating] how these films [and real life serial killers]…

  • Manhattan Baby

    Manhattan Baby

    ★★★★

    "Mama, were you worried about me?"

    For some reason it wasn't until I rewatched Manhattan Baby tonight that I noticed the parallels to the other New York-set Fulci film from 1982--New York Ripper.

    When juxtaposed, they're complete opposites not just in tone/sleaze/gore but the theme of how far a parent will go to protect their children. [If you're reading this, I'm going to assume you've seen both, spoilers for New York Ripper AND Manhattan Baby coming up next.]

    In New…

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  • A Dark Song

    A Dark Song

    ★★★½

    After watching Nicolas Roeg's Puffball, it was only fitting to follow it up with another Irish horror film centering rituals and magic. Where Puffball was only vaguely genre certified, A Dark Song steeps itself in atmospheric horror. I find the voice behind the door far more frightening than the physical manifestation of horror that followed, but this is one of those movies that will linger, an enigma shrouded in dark magic, I don't know if I'm dedicated & determined enough to decode its mysteries but I was moved by the haunting mood provided by the lead performances, Ray Harman's incredible score and Cathal Watters' cinematography.

  • Puffball

    Puffball

    ★★★

    Nicholas Roeg's last film Puffball is curiously strange, featuring old rituals used to conceive a male child in an isolated village set in modern day Ireland. It's pregnancy horror with a solemn look at birth, life, death, rebirth and all the magic we create along the way, the lengths some will go to stop/prolong/create/recreate a life, to control their own destinies by any means necessary.

    The sex scenes are intermixed with interior vaginal intercourse footage and it's so bizarre but…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★★

    Let's get this out of the way, The Witch is a horror film, you can put it in all of your other subcategories but, at its very core--it's a genre film whether you feel comfortable with the classification or not.

    This film covers the horrors of colonialism, emigration, religious conviction, starvation, witch trials, patriarchy, puberty, loss, and if methodically exposing each of these very horrifying real life tribulations isn't terrifying and alarming enough, there's a god damn witch and evil…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    After having over a meter (3 feet for my fellow Americans) of snow fall on us in just a few days, the isolated and trapped feeling gave us great cause to want to watch the ultimate cabin fever-in the depth of winter film. Regardless of how many times one has seen The Shining, it never loses that overwhelming sense of dread.

    As soon as Jack Torrance is in frame, that uneasy feeling takes over. I feel as though I wish…