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  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★★★★

    YOU WILL NOT BE SAVED

    As a pure exercise in atmosphere and image making it's already flawless, but Carpenter's opus is so much more than that; the intersection of career-long fascinations with theology, metaphysics, Lovecraftian abominations and the personification of pure evil. I saw this last year alone in a sparsely attended screening on a dirty 35mm print, and it was probably the best film watching experience of my life. That final cut to black is major.

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★★

    Total go-for-broke filmmaking from the first frame, eschewing the first film's gradual build to horror in favor of a frenzied recapping/retooling of that film's events and wasting no time segueing into a one-man show of slapstick insanity. Raimi's gonzo, kinetic camera technique coupled with his stagy, expressionistic and always vibrant compositions and production design make Ash's descent into madness seem like a demented, live-action cartoon, but none of it works without Campbell's tour-de-force performance. Not a single facial tic or…

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  • Matinee

    Matinee

    ★★★★★

    The movies as a collective catharsis, if only a temporary one. "They tell you to put your hands behind your neck and they keep building bombs."

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★½

    Please listen to me - there is no such thing as human debris

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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    Zombie abandons all pretence of making a conventional Halloween film, and it's beautiful. Scout Taylor-Compton's hysterical portrait of an utterly overwhelmed human being is harrowing. The violence is brutal, visceral; you feel the weight behind all of Michael's blows. But make no mistake - the film isn't about the physical wounds left by his carnage, but the emotional ones that linger long after the violence ends.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    "The angels will return, and when you see the one that’s meant to help you, you will weep with joy."

    Profoundly empathetic. Unimaginable horrors, domestic and eldritch, giving way to genuinely powerful catharsis. Every time, that final scene absolutely destroys me.