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  • Queen of the Damned

    ★★★

  • Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★★

  • House of Wax

    ★★★★

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★½

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  • Il Sorpasso

    Il Sorpasso

    ★★★★★

    Spoilers for the ending in the last two paragraphs.

    Weird to finally catch up on a film that’s so deeply interwoven in the culture I absorbed growing up.

    The jokes about accents and regional stereotypes. The twin spectres of young people being expected to make it only if they leave the country or study Law (more on that below). The struggle of finding anywhere open on the 15th of August (or indeed for the whole month of August if you…

  • Point Break

    Point Break

    In Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson.

    All I want to know is, did Gerald Ford know about this film? Did someone tell him about it? Did he go see it? Was he sad that none of the surfer bank robbers wears a Gerald Ford mask? When, later in the film, they kidnap Keanu and force him to go on a robbery with…

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  • Queen of the Damned

    Queen of the Damned

    Special guest review from my partner K

    I fucking love this film.

    Yes, it should have been at least 20 minutes shorter and there are several scenes too many where hot people talk sexily to each other at length about what little plot there is.

    HOWEVER, this film is also wonderful and I’m writing a guest post on Enrico’s account to talk about why. On this time around he admitted that the film was “not as bad as I remembered”…

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★★

    May have inspired the sort-of nightmare I had the night after watching it, in which I had to visit this haunted house, which was scary and distressing until I discovered that being nerdily enthusiastic about its architecture, and constantly divulging facts about how the house was made and/or expressing admiration for its unique features, was a good way of keeping the chief ghost/demon at bay.

    I didn’t get this film the first time I watched it, back in 2017 or…

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  • House of Wax

    House of Wax

    ★★★★

    Watched this after a living room rearrangement that, among other things, involved moving the lava lamp to the corner closest to the TV. We turned it on shortly before pressing play on the film, so it looked like the wax inside it was watching it with us and responding to all the wax-based action onscreen by growing increasingly warm and mobile in its excitement. Maybe it now dreams of being moulded into a human shape. Or maybe, after that finale,…

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★½

    A fascinating artefact. No history of queer representation in horror would be complete without reference to this film. It’s almost a shame that Susan Tyrell’s performance—compelling as it is—is so OTT, as it distracts from all the interesting queer stuff: the unmistakably villainous homophobic cop who’s so obsessed with outing gay men and proving their monstrosity that he ends up ignoring obvious leads in his murder investigation; the non-stereotypical, non-predatory portrayed gay characters (a—heroic, fatherly!—gym coach and a tv repairman);…