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  • Dead of Night
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Shining
  • My Neighbor Totoro

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  • Kuroneko

    ★★★½

  • Angst

    ★★★★½

  • Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story

    ★★★½

  • Missing

    ★★★★

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  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober 8.0, pt.7- In which Ethan goes looking for a book on black magic but accidentally finds Gilles Deleuze instead

    6/6 Countries (Australia, Belgium, UK, USA, Japan, Italy) (COMPLETE)
    5/8- Decades (1980s, 2010s, 1960s, 1990s, 1970s)
    2/4- Films from 1981
    1/2- Haunted House Films

    6th Lucio Fulci (after Don't Torture a Duckling, A Cat in the Brain, The House by the Cemetery, The Black Cat and City of the Living Dead, followed by A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Zombie…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★½

    1st Nia Da Costa

    About twenty minutes in to this, suddenly I realised why the figure of Candyman is so important to me. The original film is one of my favourite horror films of all time; I own two copies, one on Blu-Ray, have read the original story and Bernard Rose's original screenplay. It's not just Phillip Glass's incredible score, or the acting of Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd. It's not the socio-political elements or the undertones of religious horror.…

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  • Kuroneko

    Kuroneko

    ★★★½

    2nd Kaneto Shindō (after Onibaba)

    In the west, a black cat is an ambiguous symbol. They have been symbols of malignancy, emissaries of the Devil and of witches. This was especially true for the Puritans of Colonial America, which may seem strange when you consider that a belief in astrology was in fact encouraged; Cotton Mather had his own arcane almanac published.* Nevertheless, Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat would not be as iconic as it is were it not…

  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 8.0, pt.11- In which Ethan understands the true nature of fear

    9/6 Countries (Australia, Belgium, UK, USA, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Austria) (COMPLETE)
    
6/8- Decades (1980s, 2010s, 1960s, 1990s, 1970s, 2000s)

    1st Gerald Kargl

    Angst has the highest honour bestowed upon it- I wish for it fall into my subconscious and not to reappear for a while. It may only be eighty-six minutes but the sheer sensorial overload it engenders is enough to match many a two hour…

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  • Mystics in Bali

    Mystics in Bali

    ★★½

    Hooptober 8.0, p.9- In which Ethan increasingly realises that going on holiday is a terrible idea

    7/6 Countries (Australia, Belgium, UK, USA, Japan, Italy, Indonesia) (COMPLETE)
    5/8- Decades (1980s, 2010s, 1960s, 1990s, 1970s)
    3/4- Films from 1981
    2/3 Asian Horror Films

    1st H. Tjut Djalil

    On the one hand, a profoundly bad film, ploddingly paced with atrocious editing that reduces any sense of tension to nought. The plotting is incredibly lockstep too, cycling through cliché after cliché in a manner…

  • The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    ★★★★

    1st Brian Desmond Hurst

    I’m not sure why people are so negative about this film, it’s a superlative adaptation of one of the great horror stories. Yes, the acting is incredibly amateurish and the pace sags in the middle. But it manages to get right what the earlier adaptation I saw this week failed to do; it captures the atmosphere of the story as if being lived in, rather than merely recounted. It helps that we can actually see the…