Ian West

Ian West

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From the year 1985.
Writer at Ghastlygrinning.com


Favorite genres include: Eurohorror, slashers, backwoods nightmares, giallo, regional horror, cosmic terror/Lovecraftian weirdness, slow burn dread, Italian horror, grimy nyc sleazefest…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    A trip to no-hopesville that spirals into unhinged southern gothic terror, Tobe Hooper’s beautifully shot slice of sun-choked Texas sizzle is Impenetrable to criticism and one of the most important films ever made—horror in its purist form. The kind of raw sweat-drenched monolithic genre art that extinguishes a symbolic flame of hope inside of you, leaving you an empty husk of a viewer... forever changed.

    The ultimate horror film.

  • Don't Torture a Duckling

    Don't Torture a Duckling

    ★★★★★

    A wicked rural nightmare. A child killer death spree gialli of the most depressing nature, trading bright light cityscapes for small town paranoia... complete with angry villagers, forensic journalists, witchcraft, a Donald Duck head, Barbara Bouchet, and the most brutal cemetery chain flogging ever as Fulci puts Italian traditionalism and the Catholic Church under a microscope. 

    This is top tier Fulci as far as I’m concerned, expertly crafted and soundwaved by a perfect Riz Ortolani score. Gets bleaker (and better) every time I watch it.

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  • Terror Is a Man

    Terror Is a Man

    ★★★★

    The first time I watched this a few years back I was not expecting this to be a classy yet slightly pervy atmospheric Filipino Dr. Moreau Blood Island jam—or what it had to offer. 

    Filled with solid camerawork, a talky script that never outstays it’s welcome, and that always admirable low budget-high effort Val Lewton charm on full display—Terror Is A Man (great title) makes for an effectively spooky little picture that grasps its terror by way of its restraint and I…

  • If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death

    If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable spaghetti with all of the genre calling cards on display—right down to the coffin maker, the musical trinket lullaby, hidden weapons, and Klaus Kinski. Feels a bit long here and there but the added bonus of a western gothique atmos is more than enough to keep me fixated on squinty eyed robbers.

    Love how all these outlaws and crooks are stealing Wells Fargo gold—Karma if you ask me.

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  • In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    ★★★½

    Lawn of the Dead.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    There’s a lot to unpack here, and I’ll start of by saying my immediate reaction walking out of the theater was that I liked it, despite definitly having some issues... so I went home and let it simmer for a while... 

    The first act didn’t jive with me, but once Michael obtained the mask, or for that matter anytime the Shape was on screen I thought it was dynamite, exactly how I’d want to see The Shape shift through houses…