Nathaniel Thompson

Owner of the site Mondo Digital, author, commentator, and movie junkie.

Favorite films

  • Let the Right One In
  • The Wrong Box
  • The Return of the Living Dead
  • What We Do in the Shadows

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  • The Dogs

    ★★★★

  • Sex Is Crazy

    ★★★½

  • Creature from Black Lake

    ★★★½

  • Moon of the Wolf

    ★★★

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  • The Dogs

    The Dogs

    ★★★★

    Part of a three-film hot streak from the undervalued Alain Jessua along with Traitement de choc and Armaguedon, this one features new town doc Victor Lanoux squaring off against insidious dog trainer Gérard Depardieu who exploits the locals' fear of crime and immigrants by talking them all into getting killer guard dogs. Chilly and unnerving stuff. mondo-digital.com/chiens.html

  • Sex Is Crazy

    Sex Is Crazy

    ★★★½

    Definitely not the place to start if you're new to Jess Franco, but it's a blast watching him completely deconstruct cinema itself within the framework of a sci-fi sex thriller with actors seeming to exist inside some kind of celluloid Chinese box. mondo-digital.com/sexcrazy.html

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  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★★

    Mia Goth should get serious awards consideration for that monologue scene alone. A riveting and deliberately excessive character study that tones down the Tobe Hooper vibe of X in favor of some unholy mash up of Alan Ormsby, Ken Russell, and Douglas Sirk. Also winner of the best lingering closing shot since Call Me by Your Name.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    For years people will be debating whether this is a horror film, a dark comedy New England period piece, a twisted Americanization of the Prometheus and Sisyphus myths, and/or a bitterly amusing portrait of male aggression and (terror of) intimacy. Any way you slice it, this is a visually intoxicating and brilliantly acted two hander from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson that manages to surpass Robert Eggers' mostly excellent The Witch (or The VVitch if you wanna be all 7even about it) by sticking the landing all the way to the unforgettable final shot. Easily worth repeated viewings and one of the great macabre nautical nightmares.