• The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

    The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

    ★★½

    Not as good as the first one, but it's fun. I was shocked to see how much older Julian Dennison got, even just from DP 2.

    tw/cw: ableist language

  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

    Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

    ★★★½

    Everything about this film is beautiful, from the music to the INCREDIBLE costume design. The environments feel straight out of a storybook, and the songs are all so, SO good. They also really killed it with the animated components, like Don Juan Diego's movements were so satisfying to watch? I loved it.

    tw/cw: I don't know if it counts but there's a bit about one of the main characters being frustrated by others not calling him by his preferred full name and I don't know if that might be?? a frustrating point for others who have those wishes ignored? So just to note it.

  • Blood Vessel

    Blood Vessel

    ★★★

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

    I really dug the creature designs in this and the practical effects in general were really well done, and wound up really liking several characters. That kind of only makes it all the more frustrating, however, that it went with killing the sole Black character first. As much as it was one of these where just about everyone is going to get picked off, he was still barely in it enough to get any character depth at all, plus when…

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★½

    God it was so nice to see this again, but I desperately need a really nice copy of it. The music in this is so killer, and Jessica Harper has the most gorgeous voice.

    tw/cw: homophobic slurs
    blood

  • The Driller Killer

    The Driller Killer

    ★★½

    Evidentially I'm missing something, because I didn't enjoy this but it seems a lot of people do. All I can think about to comment on is how gross the pizza looked, I thought it had green beans on it for a solid minute.

    tw/cw: blood/gore
    homophobic slurs

  • Run

    Run

    ★★★★

    I was deeply excited to watch this both after seeing a glowing review from a disabled horror writer, as well as determining that Kiera Allen herself is disabled, both telling me that this would be giving desperately needed and well done representation. This was certainly true, but even outside of that Allen is purely excellent. She is so tough but also heartbreakingly vulnerable as she discovers more and more that the sole person she depends on in life does not…

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    ★★★½

    I'm so ashamed and embarrassed to admit that I didn't know this film existed, and thought Elvira's Haunted Hills, which I own, was the only Elvira film. I only discovered this wasn't true when I watched In Search Of Darkness, and of course wanted to rectify that error by watching it. I'm so glad I did! I highly enjoyed it, and not just because my gay little ass was sweating at her final number.

    I deeply appreciate the fact that,…

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker

    ★★½

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

    I get the point of the commentary of this film, but in the end it still just shows brown people dying, being seen as the enemy, being threatened by a white man with a vendetta for a kid that wasn't even the one he'd grown partial to, and all while they're the ones suffering most being killed and bombed and attacked by us and maybe we wouldn't have so many traumatized and war-obsessed men if we............... didn't send them there…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    ★★½

    I didn't want to watch this for the obvious reasons of the racism toward indigenous people/it's main character, the blatant white washing of Roberto. and how generally shitty that the director was when confronted about all of these very legitimate concerns. However, it was picked for family movie night, so where we are.

    It's really goddamn unfortunate, honestly. The queer girls at the center of this, the main character BEING indigenous, the horror nature of it, all of that should've…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★½

    A surprisingly serious Charles Band flick with a not so typical, fairly gaunt male lead and a very young Demi Moore. I spent the first 15 minutes confused since there's no set up, but it's a sort of post-apocalyptic, soft antigovernmental type film. A solid alright.

    tw/cw: nudity
    blood/body horror

  • The Bar

    The Bar

    ★★★

    This hits a bit too hard given current circumstances tbh, but as much as it got a little drawn out by the end, it was interesting to never really know in any sort of absolute way what was really going on. Where they ever really sick? Did they need the cure? Is that what it even was? And the real danger was really just fear and paranoia taking over, more than anything. Witching and Bitching definitely ranks higher for me,…

  • House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill

    ★★★

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

    Me: I don't remember Jeffrey Combs in this??
    Combs: [dies 5 minutes in]
    Me: Ah.

    I spent the whole film waiting for Eddie to die, but not only was the one Black man one of the titular characters and love interest in the film, but he made it! I wish that wasn't such a shocking, pleasant surprise but here we are.

    It's certainly not one to surpass the original, but I do appreciate that despite the 'haunted asylum' setting it…