The secretly-filmed BORAT sequel can't help but pale in comparison to its 14-year-old predecessor, but Sacha Baron Cohen still manages to deliver a few stunning jaw-droppers. He gets a big assist from 24-year-old Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova as Borat's 15-year-old daughter Tutar. Bakalova proves herself as fearless as Baron Cohen when it comes to her willingness to commit to a bit no matter what, and having her in tow helps with the fact that the Borat character is too recognizable…
SHOCKTOBER 2020 #35
Lamberto Bava's second official directorial effort is his most blatant Dario Argento homage, a post-TENEBRAE giallo with a huge DEEP RED influence (the hero is also a composer) that many fans find overlong and slow-going, but I've always loved its atmosphere and that it takes place almost entirely in an incredibly spacious villa that's one of the most memorable houses in all of Italian horror. The bathroom murder is one of the most relentlessly brutal in the…
Shot mostly in a villa owned by producer Carlo Ponti, WHAT? must rank as the second-worst thing Roman Polanski has ever done in the home of a celebrity friend.
Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…