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  • Blade

    Blade

    ★★★★

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    "You better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar coated topping. There is another world beneath it, the real world. And if you want to learn to survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger."

    This speech precedes the release of The Matrix by about six months. Complain about the CGI, one-liners, and thin (though well-acted) villain all you like: Blade is gritty, bloody, and rife with class/race struggles all wrapped in the trappings of…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

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    I somehow managed to avoid spoilers for this film in the wait for the Japanese release. I'm very confused as to the copious amount of negative reviews.

    Covenant achieves two things that Prometheus failed to do; first, to have characters making believable decisions, and second, to make the moviegoing experience uncomfortable for men once more. The first point is achieved in the fact there are no categorically ridiculous moments like Meredith Vickers not thinking to run a different direction.

    As…

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  • Cold Ground

    Cold Ground

    ★★★

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    A chilling (ha) found footage film that leans heavily on atmosphere to sell it. You feel the snow here in your bones, and you feel those bones more when one onscreen is broken.

    The monsters? Inexplicable, fast, terrifying. The scenery? Beautiful, unforgiving, deadly.

    There’s a really long lead-in to any action here, and that’s fine. These characters actually don’t suck as humans, though they do make foolish survival choices and don’t seem prepared at all for a journey that’s apparently…

  • Lair of the Beast

    Lair of the Beast

    ½

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    There’s a solid 12 minutes of horror in here, mostly involving an unknown military man and a herd of chupacabra creeping about in the woods. Less than thirty seconds involves the extremely effective scare of watching something inhuman dragging claws against the outside of a tent. A few brief glimpses of the red-eyes creature are absolutely shriek-worthy.

    Unfortunately, that 12 minutes is contained in a film full of paper-thin characters that apparently can’t decide if they’re in a horror film…

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  • Hell House LLC

    Hell House LLC

    ★★★★½

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    A found footage film that has two major things going for it: a believable premise for the format, and consistent privileging of creepiness over jump scares.

    Hell House LLC is another one of those "see what happens to people who leave NYC and dare to venture to other parts of the state" films that always entertains me as a Central New Yorker. Sara's early complaint that in NYC one can leave a creepy place and get a slice of pizza…

  • The Pact

    The Pact

    ★★★

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    This film works well for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to some deliberate pacing choices and cinematography that induce a constant sense of unease.

    It takes a lot to craft an effective haunted house film, especially one that successfully unfolds at a gradual pace. The Pact may not be for everyone, but despite some of the setbacks (especially plot holes), this is worth a watch.