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  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★½

    For all the gore in The Beyond, it's the surreal quality that has stayed with me since I watched it a few days ago. It didn't hit me with that relentless feeling of horror that I was expecting and kind of dreading. Instead it's more haunting than outright horrifying, even though the film is fully splattered with blood and gore, and eyeballs also, plus other fluids. Fulci must have placed capsules in the mouths and motioned "now" when he wanted…

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    ★★★★½

    One spaceship is sent on a mission to search for another spaceship and if possible rescue its crew. The designer of the lost ship is played by Sam Neill, who's on the rescue mission led by Lawrence Fishburne. The propulsion for the lost ship was an experimental gravity drive that allowed the ship to create temporary black holes in order to fold space and astronomical distances. It seems as if it will be a sci-fi adventure until they locate the…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    A crew of scientists and assorted oddballs at a US research station in Antarctica confront an alien monster from space introduced into their midst by a cute Husky being chased from above by a couple of crazed Norwegians in a helicopter trying to shoot and kill it. It's such a deceiving setup. That opening segment is what introduces both the monster and the paranoia the monster's going to provoke as the Americans eventually get a handle on why the Hell…

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★

    Dr. Loomis's level of agitation increases as Halloween night wears on. He intrinsically understands that bullets aren't enough to kill the pure evil that Michael Myers embodies. But no one, except Loomis, understands that. It pushes him to extremes. People are hearing his voice but his words drift off into the chilly fall night, which is the film's biggest departure from the original, as the cool shenanigans of that crisp fall day that gave the original a duality of light…