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  • Next of Kin

    Next of Kin

    ★★★★

    Ooo, this was a neat little psychodrama that turns into a decent thriller by the end.  Takes it time with a slow unwind but the evocative, creepy imagery throughout created the mood of a waking nightmare.  Made me think of Let’s Scare Jessica to Death and Carnival of Souls (seeing the corpse of a creepy old man every now and then is an easy parallel as well).  The mystery at the center of the story was a bit clunky for…

  • Strait-Jacket

    Strait-Jacket

    ★★★½

    People lost their heads over Joan Crawford’s performance in Strait-Jacket.  Mine is barely attached, just hanging there on a little piece of gristle.  Obviously Joan slayed me with her maniacal facial express and axe-wielding prowess.  I wouldn’t want those eyebrows furrowing in my direction I can tell you that.  This watch has been a long time coming and it didn’t disappoint.  I think I have my costume for Halloween now.

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  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    ★★★★

    Friends till the end.  The best thing about these remakes is the excuse to watch the originals again.  Chucky looks pretty freaky in this one...especially when he’s all burned up and played by a little person.  Was Al-ex Vin-cent’s ac-ting al-ways so bad?  It’s funny but I can remember nagging my dad to drive me to all the video stores in town trying to find a copy of this when it first came out and everywhere we looked it was…

  • The Rules of Attraction

    The Rules of Attraction

    ★★★★★

    “Nobody knows anyone.  You will never ever know me.”

    This was quite a bitter pill to swallow the first time I watched it.  There’s something about Shannyn Sossamon that makes me immediately like her and what happens to her character in the first 10 mins deeply upset me back in 2002.  I wasn’t as hardened to the world yet back then and the movie’s nihilistic tone turned me off hard.  Oh what a difference 26 years makes cuz now I…