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  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    ★★★★

    It’s talky, a little clunky, and painfully ‘90s, but I still really enjoy this movie.  The opening scene and final half hour are just about perfect, and there is plenty to enjoy in between, too.

    I love how weird the HALLOWEEN franchise is, at least four alternate timelines/parallel universes I can think of.  I particularly enjoy comparing and contrasting this film and HALLOWEEN 2018, as two completely different variations on the damaged adult Laurie Strode might have become.

  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

    ★★★★

    One of the finest examples of the mock documentary subgenre, this imperfect but genuinely spine-tingling Australian film about the strange events that befall a family following the mysterious death of their teenage daughter is eerily and unnervingly convincing.

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  • Evil Dead

    Evil Dead

    ★★★★★

    I've got way too many feelings (all of them positive) stirring around inside of me having just seen this phenomenally entertaining remake/tribute to write a proper review, so I'm just going to list some of the many things I love about it.

    I love...

    1. ...the fact that it pays significant tribute to both 1981's landmark EVIL DEAD and 1987's absurdly creative EVIL DEAD II, in a number of interesting ways while also containing many great surprises of its own.…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    It's been a Cronenberg family kind of day, what can I say?

    How can a movie simultaneously be one of the most viscerally disturbing monster movies ever AND one of the most heartbreaking, tragic love stories of the 1980s? It's a rarity to find a movie that hits so squarely on all intended marks (scares, suspense, gross-out moments, special effects, emotional intensity...), but David Cronenberg's still-stunning remake of THE FLY (oh yeah, it's also one of the greatest remakes of…