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  • Deadly Manor

    Deadly Manor

    ★★★

    A decent late stage slasher which seems to be constantly striving for something greater, but never quite reaching it. Larraz keeps it consistently interesting visually, but it's his script which unfortunately lets things down. There's some brief, effective mood setting in the early scenes, and a rapid exposition dump in the finale, but the main slog of the film is unfortunately just a very standard stalk and slash of a group of generic teens, with no real depth or substance…

  • The People Under the Stairs

    The People Under the Stairs

    ★★★★½

    You ever see a film and you just know, instinctively, that if you'd only seen it at a younger, more impressionable age, it would probably be a significant load-bearing prop in your psyche?

    That's how I feel about this. I'm still sick (officially so now), and quarantined in my four walls. Left the NoES boxset downstairs, so I can't even continue with that - figured I'd try a different taste of Craven, another 'long intended, never got round to' kind…

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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    If you put Carrie White on lists of horror film villains then you have fundamentally misunderstood this film.

    Problematic, but momentarily perfect. Half point deducted for lack of William Finley

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So as I said in my review for NoES, despite spending the last 15 years watching horror films I've somehow managed to never see an Elm Street film. I'd be lying if I said my decision to finally invest in the boxset wasn't more than a little driven by my need to see this, the fabled 'gay slasher'. Unexpectedly impressed by the vision and the originality of the first film, I was starting to rethink my expectations for this sequel.…