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  • The Spider Labyrinth

    The Spider Labyrinth

    ★★★★

    What if the third film in the Three Mother’s trilogy was a low budget, made for tv, lovecraftian creepfest? Spider Labyrinth is that film! Dreamy and eerie enough to scratch multiple genre itches at once. Starts almost like a giallo-lite before becoming something stranger and scarier. Goofy? Yeah. Spooky? Kind of. It’s not exactly the most original film but an intriguing and exciting effort that deserves recognition along with The Black Cat for supplying even more late 80’s, Italian horror weirdness.

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

    ★★★★

    INSANITY

    This really goes for broke. It tries to match the hysteria of the original film and almost reaches it. It has the kind of pitched to 11 acting that’s transcendently trashy. The last third is almost an off the wall masterpiece of 90’s weird. The film is worth watching just to see Renee Zellweger be chased by Leatherface in drag. It starts off kind of in typical reboot territory and about halfway turns into a deep fried self-satire. The…

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★

    Okay A24--we're done. No more of these half-realized genre pics, technical exercise, calling cards. May Under The Skin remain the only great film you've released(okay and Spring Breakers).

    So what's wrong with Hereditary? It's cynical but not so obviously at first. The first half begins with quite an unexpected plot point and builds upon it with an eerie, grief felt, and almost at the edge of tears/laughter kind of atmosphere. It is refreshing that the film doesn't cheaply go for…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

    What’s the point of ripping off great trash and presenting it as something semi-serious? You don’t honestly think you can febreeze the stink out of the air when all you are doing is blowing hot air out of your ass? So you’ve seen The Wickerman and you love cults but do nothing interesting, new, or subversive with the tropes and cliches. You trot them out and dress them up, hoping some perfect shot idiot is ready with their camera to screenshot…