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  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Repo Man
  • Working Girls

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  • Halloween Kills

    ★★½

  • Morgiana

    ★★★½

  • The Gore Gore Girls

  • The Mephisto Waltz

    ★★★

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  • Satan's Slaves

    Satan's Slaves

    ★★★

    There’s a strangely fourth wall breaking moment in the film where a character flat out states that what’s happening to his family is maybe a metaphor for something else. If so, the question becomes, an analogy for what? At the start of the film, it seems like a pretty simple metaphor for grief: the mother of the family has
    died and is making spectral appearances before her children. All well and good, but the filmmakers keep on dropping new plot…

  • Sea Fever

    Sea Fever

    ★★★½

    An Alien/The Thing scenario with a monster that’s simultaneously too big and too small to fight. The heroine is the only scientist in her crew, and like a character in a Lovecraft story, all her greater access to information really gives her is an understanding of how hopeless their situation is. The difference being that that knowledge is crucial here in providing the possibility of a moral victory; the conflict here is whether her attempts to enlighten the rest of the crew will succeed and prevent false hope from causing the spread of the infection to those not already doomed.

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  • The Addiction

    The Addiction

    ★★★★½

    There’s tons of philosophical talk throughout The Addiction about how all humans are addicted to sin because we’re all inherently evil. It feels very oppressive, but, crucially, all this talk is coming from the vampires. We see in the beginning how they self-justify by telling their victims that if they don’t want to be attacked, they should fight back harder. So all this talk reeks to me of the self-justification of the addict, that they’re helpless before their condition, so they…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I think it’s the best thing Cronenberg ever did, the counterpoint to Videodrome’s depiction of what it’s like to fall apart from the inside. There’s so much about Brundlefly’s plight that I can personally relate to, but the hardest part for me to watch has always been the attack on Stathis at the end. It’s so horrifyingly brutal that I’m always a little afraid to watch The Fly no matter how many times I see it.

    I do wonder what in…