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  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    [theatrical cut]

    Blatty’s direction takes a little getting used to. Stationary shots, barely any score. It takes a while just to understand what exactly you’re meant to be following in the story; we hear about rather than see the first murders. Of course, the lack of a moving camera does mean the sudden emphasis of certain things by zoom-in pay off effectively.

    The holding on details of setting and the extended character moments create their own kind of cinematic language…

  • The Monster Squad

    The Monster Squad

    I watched this movie 6 times on a single VHS rental as a kid. I free-based it over a Saturday/Sunday like a fiend! GOONIES may have been a bigger hit, but I like “monster mash” movies, and MONSTER SQUAD had Dracula getting his whole Universal band back together. Total gateway drug to older horror movies for me.

    80s kids movies had problematic stuff, and this movie is no exception. Rudy and his sexual blackmailing is the kind of thing kids…

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  • Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

    Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

    More of a “prestige” horror-drama that often feels at odds with a mandate to be horror. The anime-villain in the last 30 minutes is goofy, but I really like the world building, here. A church of St. Michael built over a temple/tomb to Lucifer which has been erased from history is pretty neat.

    Long before the Snyder-cut/Ayer-cut stuff at Warner, Morgan Creek Entertainment was producing/mangling films at the studio in a similar fashion. Paul Schrader wrote and directed this first…

  • Baron Blood

    Baron Blood

    Mario Bava combines his love of gothic horror with giallo. It’s not his best in either category, but it’s still pretty fun.

    Bava seems to be a fan of HOUSE OF WAX. The killer’s wardrobe in BLOOD AND BLACK LACE recalls Vincent Price in de Toth’s film. BARON BLOOD goes further, with Joseph Cotten’s mysterious wheelchair-bound character serving a similar role. Cotten knew Price from the Mercury Theatre, where both actors worked under the direction of Welles. I wouldn’t go…