When it's not aping shots/sequences from the original film (poorly) it seems to be attempting to remake Day of the Dolphin (poorly). I enjoyed the hamster ball sequence and the dinos were pretty cool but this is something of a hateful mess.
Summer of Secrets 1976
Odd little film. Jim Sharman's post Rocky Horror film is almost a "straight" version of that story. It's easy to see why this has had trouble finding an audience. It's got a protracted first half which keeps us at arm's length for far too long. By the time we get to the meat of the film it's almost over. It's too bad because there are some interesting themes at play and I quite enjoyed Arthur Dignam's perf as the melancholy mad scientist.
The Black Cat 1989
Starts out as a moderately enjoyable Suspiria fan film-- lots of color, goop and grue, some wink-wink meta commentary, use of the Goblin theme AND some choice metal cues. It was ok and I had resigned myself to smiling politely through its runtime BUT THEN the third act turns into a trippy cosmic showdown by way of laser light spookshow freak out and I was over the moon! 5 stars for that.
The Dark Half 1993
Trying to fill in the gaps in my masters of horror watchlist. This title is one I've halfheartedly meant to get to for a couple decades. I love Romero, I like King but this...I dunno...maybe it was the Timothy Hutton factor? I don't hate the guy but I always got an "entitled customer at Starbucks" vibe from him. He does an ok job here playing *spoiler* twins(sorta). There is the bougie 'less-charming Kevin Kline' serious author character and then there…