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  • The Hole in the Ground

    The Hole in the Ground

    ★★½

    Pass the dusty cheese, please... Jesus, this was creepy! The atmosphere in this film is genuinely terrifying and keeps you on your toes, constantly trying to assess what is real and what is mental illness / psychological trauma / paranoia etc.

    I find it interesting that kids are such a popular element in horror films. I mean sure, they suck the life out of you, but there's probably more to it than that. A demon child / doll is one of the most horrifying things I can think of. Maybe It's the combination: ultimate evil in an innocent package?

  • The Moonlight Sonata

    The Moonlight Sonata

    ★★★½

    I like this movie. A rare (if not only?) Finnish 80's horror-comedy. Perhaps a bit slow in pacing at times, but I think this is a great genre film with exactly the right structure and creepy characters. Has a lot of fun with with the city vs. countryside theme. Some tragic undertones there as well.

    It was treat to see this at Night Visions Film Festival, even though there were some technical difficulties (the film/projector broke down at least 4 times) and there was very little time for the Q&A with Kari Sorvali (Arvo Kyyrölä).

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  • Trash Humpers

    Trash Humpers

    ★★

    Saw this at a film festival in 2010. Trash Humpers has got to be one of the most uncommercial and marginal films I've ever seen. Shot in grainy VHS, it features episodes of grotesquely masked people posing as elderly folk and doing odd things in the shady back alleys of Nashville. They hump trash cans, trees and bushes, abuse dolls, smash things, laugh like maniacs and chant annoying refrains.

    I wasn't expecting a pleasurable or easy viewing experience in the…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★★

    A full blast of crazy, candy-colored, intertextual, in-your-face pop art - stirring in everything from our fascination with sex, drugs, guns & violence and pursuing the American Dream Tony Montana style to idolizing Britney Spears and exploring what is left at the ugly core, when layers of morality and common decency (represented, in my opinion, by Faith and Cotty) are peeled off.

    James Franco is absolutely hilarious, the soundtrack is pure brilliance and the images of partying spring breakers ooze decadence,…