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James has written 188 reviews for films during 2016.

  • The Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Star Wars Holiday Special

    I mean....I guess I understand why people don't like this but I totally loved it. Let's think back and see if we can put ourselves in the mindset of someone watching this on television.

    It's November 17, 1978. It's been almost exactly 18 months since Star Wars first premiered. It would be another year and a half until Empire Strikes Back comes out to give you some more of that Star Wars fix you desperately need. But none of that…

  • Fear of the Dark

    Fear of the Dark

    I've been riding such a Todd Sheets high that I forgot I was capable of not immediately falling in love with EVERYTHING he ever does. Some of his movies are just OK. This one's just OK.

    I can't help but think I might have liked it better if I saw it before House of Forbidden Secrets and Dreaming Purple Neon because Todd definitely used themes and plot points from this one in those two movies with MUCH better results. This…

  • Dreaming Purple Neon

    Dreaming Purple Neon

    Dreaming Purple Neon is the perfect title. It tells you absolutely nothing about the movie on its own. Even with context I don't entirely grasp the concept of why it's DREAMING Purple Neon but that's fine because this movie is a bit of a mindfuck.

    Once you find out that Purple Neon is a drug manufactured under a dentist's office the title makes a bit more sense...but don't strain your brain too hard because this movie works best when you…

  • Spirits

    Spirits

    Todd Sheets' big comeback movie was House of Forbidden Secrets. It's a wild movie. It has lots of recognizable faces (if you recognize faces from low budget/grindhouse flicks that is) and some really crazy shit. Spirits was an immediate follow up.

    Todd, still on a ghost kick, decided to get the most bang for his buck out of that ghost story which brings us to this movie.

    It's a sequel. 2 years later four ambiguously aged young people (are they…

  • House of Forbidden Secrets

    House of Forbidden Secrets

    Todd combines some cliches that normally annoy the crap out of me and ends up making a hell of a movie.

    I was going to watch some Christmas Horror flicks tonight but when Todd Sheets hits you up on facebook and suggests you watch some of his new movies...you scrap that rewatch of Christmas Evil and you watch his haunted house movie instead.

    I'm all for a good ghost story but there have been so many of these modern Paranormal…

  • It Hits The Fan

    It Hits The Fan

    You haven't lived until you've seen Antwoine Steele fight off a hoard of zombies with a double sided dildo only to then get hit by a weird samurai's butt laser.

    This is pure silliness and 100% badass.

  • Whispers in the Gloom

    Whispers in the Gloom

    I don't know how many of you are familiar with Coast To Coast AM but I'm sure a few of you weirdos know about it. I unfortunately didn't listen regularly but every so often when I was in middle school and high school I'd find it in the middle of the night while I was looking for something cool on the radio.

    In 1997 a frantic, former area 51 employee called in and after a few minutes the transmitter went…

  • Violent New Breed

    Violent New Breed

    I thought I had a pretty good handle on the Todd Sheets style and aesthetic. After 12 Todd Sheets movies I didn't expect any curveballs.

    I didn't see this one coming AT ALL.

    My favorite aspect of Violent New Breed is also my favorite of Moonchild and why both of these are easily 2 of my favorites of his. Sheets went way out there building a wild universe for these movies to exist in. I'm actually impressed the effort put…

  • Death Machines

    Death Machines

    I've had Death Machines in the Mill Creek Savage Cinema set for forever but I never watched it. I always assumed it was just some sort of biker movie or something because that's what the rest of the set is filled with. If I had known that it was a kung fu flick from the director of Ninja Busters I would have popped that shit IMMEDIATELY.

    I didn't put all that together until Vinegar Syndrome announced they were putting it…

  • Furious

    Furious

    I don't know how to describe this movie without laying out every amazing detail of how this movie got made but I honestly can't decide if it would take away some of the magic of seeing this movie for the first time. I don't think anything could keep this movie from being mind blowing but if you found out exactly why there were chickens in most of the shots before you physically saw that there were chickens in most of…

  • Flesh Eating Ghouls from Outer Space

    Flesh Eating Ghouls from Outer Space

    This life changing short is buried on disc 5 of the Mill Creek Tomb of Terrors 50 movie DVD set. Anyone familiar with those sets know that you can't always trust the information on the box. The years tend to be wrong, the length's are usually off, and sometimes the title isn't even right. When I saw Flesh Eating Ghouls From Outer Space, 18 minutes from 2004, I didn't believe any of it. The last thing I expected was an…

  • Holy Moly

    Holy Moly

    Lance Ozanix ends the commentary track for the 30 minute recut of Holy Moly by saying, and this is a direct quote, "Thank you guys for listening and watching this crazy film. Maybe you can make some understanding about it now."

    Thanks Lance but after watching this movie 4 times and listening to two different commentary tracks where you talk about puke, the fact that there wasn't a script, buying sunglasses on tour in Texas, and your diabetes keeping you…