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  • Hitch Hike

    Hitch Hike

    ★★★★★

    I caught this on TV purely by accident years ago. I went in expecting a rip of The Hitcher (obviously not realising that this was released almost a decade earlier) but got far more than I bargained for. This is an envirograting, raw and exciting exploitation road movie that gets better and better with every subsequent viewing. The two leads really make this film what it is - Franco Nero and David Hess give two memorable antagonistic perormances. Everything here…

  • The Church

    The Church

    ★★★★½

    This my fourth viewing of The Church and I have to say I have never really liked the film that much - until now! Despite the many flaws in logic (especially towards the end), Michele Soavi's horror feature is extremely effective and works mainly thanks to the fantastic special effects and constant rising sense of dread! The first half of the film is constantly intriguing and the second half justifies all the build up as we are treated to a…

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  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    ★★★★

    The Fugitive is one of the best examples of a basic thriller that fits plot a into slot b over and over and makes a genuinely involving narrative out of it. The story is pretty standard, yet extremely easy to follow and while there is a certain inevitability to where it's all going to end up; there's a lot of fun to be had getting there. Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones are effective in the lead roles and the…

  • Dolls

    Dolls

    ★★★½

    Creepy old haunted house meets killer dolls yarn. I don't care what anyone says; this is a bizarre film! The tone is plainly weird, a mix of childish fairytale fantasy and gory horror. The basic plot is simple enough and focuses on two sets of people that find themselves stranded in a strange old mansion inhabited by a very odd couple. Nothing is overly explained but that's kind of the beauty of it; the film just innocently invites you in…

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  • The Woods

    The Woods

    ★★★

    The Woods is very well put together - the set designs and costumes etc are all great; but unfortunately the film comes up rather short in the areas that really matter; chiefly in the plot department. The film takes obvious influence from genre classics such as The House That Screamed, Suspiria and The Evil Dead (to a lesser extent) and focuses on strange goings on at an all girls academy. The main problem is that it's all so predictable. The…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    This whole series has been a real treat from the first film to this one. John Wick 3 picks up where part 2 ended and once again sees our titular hero fending off hoardes of deadly assassins. The plot is absolute total nonsense but the film wears it with pride. The action sequences are of course the real standout and the filmmakers really have gone the extra mile. The choreography and set design are superb and sequences involving dogs, axes…