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  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Evil Dead
  • Carrie
  • ParaNorman

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  • Metal Detector Maniac

    ★★★½

  • The Night of Bloody Horror

    ★★★

  • His Wife's Habit

    ★★½

  • The Devil Rides Out

    ★★★½

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  • Metal Detector Maniac

    Metal Detector Maniac

    ★★★½

    This made me genuinely guffaw. Hits the same joke a few too many times but its mystery is compelling enough for you to forgive that. There's a definite Blamire-ish self-awareness to Roxburgh's stuff though, of which I'm a fan.

  • The Night of Bloody Horror

    The Night of Bloody Horror

    ★★★

    HOOPTOBER 9.0
    DAY 12
    19 DAYS REMAIN

    Between NIGHT and WOMEN this is the easy favorite. A decent slow burner revolving around a troubled youth trying to get away from his dark past. Pastes the idea of PSYCHO on the body of something vaguely beatnik-like, starting a thread that you can follow to the likes of Pete Walker's work -- maybe even Bob Clark (looking at you, DEATHDREAM) -- that uses a stronger does of the violent and sleazy. Gets tedious in the middle but the follow-through is worth sticking around for.

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  • Gamera, the Giant Monster

    Gamera, the Giant Monster

    ★★★½

    HOOPTOBER 8.0
    DAY 22
    9 DAYS REMAIN

    Not just a knockoff. GAMERA throws everything that the Showa era GODZILLA flicks try out picture by picture in it and at a cool 75 minutes even. This one gets weirdly mean-spirited when it comes to the little kid, putting him in danger in nearly every sequence and even starting a scene with him nearly getting hit by a car. Recommended!

  • Penda's Fen

    Penda's Fen

    ★★★★½

    HOOPTOBER 8.0
    DAY 7
    24 DAYS REMAIN

    This is such an engrossing examination of identity in a world where children are pressured to settle where they lie in their society before a natural identity can even be formed. It's like pushing a half-baked mass into a mold and cutting the bits that don't exactly fit, or twisting them grotesquely underneath so that it looks the part from the top down, the unsightly developmental warts and tendrils smushed below an agreed-upon…