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  • Def by Temptation

    Def by Temptation

    ★★★½

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    Film #21 of 31 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 7.0
    letterboxd.com/cyman/list/hoop-tober-70-horroctober-2020/
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    Released by Troma, this low-budget flick about the struggle with both inner and literal demons is everything VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN wanted to be. It has a fantastic all-black cast (especially Cynthia Bond as succubus Temptress is amazing), vivid colors/lighting by director of photography Ernest R. Dickerson, remarkable practical effects considering its limited budget, comedy elements which work, the right amount of thematically relevant erotic display, a cool rap soundtrack, Sam Jackson in a small role as a preacher, and a surprisingly well-made VIDEODROME reference. Dope stuff.

  • Starfish

    Starfish

    ★★★★

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    Film #20 of 31 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 7.0
    letterboxd.com/cyman/list/hoop-tober-70-horroctober-2020/
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    "I wonder if the world still exists if I choose to ignore it."

    First-time director A.T. White (frontman of the UK band Ghostlight) created a powerful, melancholic, and deeply emotional mix of character study, science fiction, and Lovecraftian horror. While many parts of his work remain ambiguous (including an odd and mysterious meta sequence), this is, in its core, a bittersweet story about grief, guilt, and loss.

    Acting-wise, STARFISH…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

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    Film #12 of 45 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
    letterboxd.com/cyman/list/hoop-tober-60-horroctober-2019/
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    THE LIGHTHOUSE is a masterclass in sound design, cinematography, and acting. It has an early David Lynch and Roman Polanski vibe, H.P. Lovecraft references, fragments of Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, and more than once Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL and PERSONA went through my head. Robert Eggers (THE WITCH) shot the film on 35mm, using the 1.19:1 aspect ratio including vintage lenses designed in the 1930s, which creates a second-to-none atmosphere. It's both terryfing and fascinating, consistently expressionistic and nightmarish, equally surreal and absurd. A descent into the human psyche. Masterpiece.

  • The Seventh Curse

    The Seventh Curse

    ★★★★

    THE SEVENTH CURSE reminded me why I love Hong Kong cinema so much! It's a completely bonkers RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK rip-off, including fast-paced martial arts, cheesy monsters, fun gore and make-up effects, nudity, reckless stunts, and Chow Yun-Fat firing a bazooka at a rubber monster. Yep, this is great fun from start to finish.