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  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Braindead
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Bride of Frankenstein

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  • mother!

    ★★

  • Raw

    ★★★

  • Maniac Cop 2

    ★★★

  • The Omen

    ★★★★½

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    such a sweet spot in horror, not only as a remarkable sequel that comes close to surpassing its original, but as one that properly turns its villainous icon into an allegory for mental illnesses that fall on deaf ears while simultaneously upping the nightmare realm through phenomenal practical effects and a keen eye for empowering survivors without losing itself to fantastical cheese—quite the mouthful, and quite the feat. Dream Warriors deeply defines its characters and thus enhances the familiar slumberscape while…

  • Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    ★★★★★

    “Frat Row was no longer a street: it was a river. of BLOOD.”

    the quintessential cinematic definition of “so bad it is good,” to the point where it actually is good? the unironic decadence of Dude Bro Party Massacre III is irresistible, filled with perfectly-acted fraternity brothers being torn apart and disemboweled in the name of spectral brotherhood that transcends life and death. but, honestly, it is just stupid-great amusement. many lines are delivered with an expected dimwitted alpha-kappa-beta-sigma-esque demeanor,…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★

    suffocating, arresting, and unconditionally rotten within its purified biblical allegory—heavy in symbolism and tone, rapidly free-falling into total disarray as humanity bursts existence at the seams. the decay of earth through an aggressive chokehold on the Mother is dizzying, and rightfully so, executed pristinely in the first act with physical and mental confusion layered within itself to relay anxiety and a slow-burned destruction that is bound to occur. however, mother!’s direct translation from text to screenplay and surrealistic battle between…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★

    a foul descent and eventual molt/awakening from primal and carnal desires, equally enabled and restrained by a horrid environment that is unimaginable, literally and metaphorically. Raw’s horror stems from its excellent ability to assign a fittingly(?) distorted contextualization to time-old themes of coming-of-age, sisterhood, trauma, etcetera etcetera, and Ducournau directs these into Marillier’s often-speechless character well. the dichotomy of internalizing/externalizing reactions and responses to stimuli that here, breached what would otherwise be sterile, is peculiar, but just exactly what gives…

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  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    “leave the gun. take the cannoli.”

    business and family, individual and removed from one-another, but slowly becoming indistinguishable in an unraveling of bloodshed from one, simple “no.” The Godfather’s simultaneous juxtaposition and marrying of these two elements woven within an undertaker’s playground in an underworld of darkness is pristine and prestigious, breathing life into every frame and every character bound within while immortalizing itself in the cinematic medium through orchestrated perfection. Coppola effortlessly immerses us into the Corleone world, helmed…

  • The Omen

    The Omen

    ★★★★½

    there are few moments in horror as astoundingly terrifying and wholly captivating as the “it’s all for you” scene, especially given that it occurs so early in the film and vigorously sets a deepened tone of terror impossible to pull away from for the remainder of the duration, and, as a film that succeeds The Exorcist only by a few years that is able to make a profound name and atmosphere for itself. The Omen embodies the demonic and “unnatural”…