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  • The Premonition

    The Premonition

    ★★★½

    Perfectly depressed flute music vibes for a gray, rainy afternoon, this is the spooky '70s in a big cocoa-colored stoneware mug. Richard Lynch is especially excellent as a skeezeball who wears clown makeup when he snaps pics of little kids at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, in which capacity he spots his mentally unstable ladyfriend's (Ellen Barber) biological daughter. They plot and eventually succeed in abducting little Janie (Danielle Brisebois, the kid from Archie Bunker's Place!) from the wholesome couple who've…

  • Paganini Horror

    Paganini Horror

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Previous review is here.

    I recently found a used copy of the Severin Blu-ray, so I decided to treat myself and the uninitiated Mrs. Face to Luigi Cozzi's daffy supernatural slasher in beautifully grainy HD. A little ways in, she asked if Niccolò Paganini was a real person. It was entirely my fault to assume she was familiar and therefore recognized the inherent goofiness of the premise. I explained that popular rumor said the Italian music prodigy sold his soul…

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  • Blood Feast

    Blood Feast

    ★★★★★

    In a year that has mercilessly claimed icon after icon, yesterday's passing of Herschell Gordon Lewis hit me the hardest. I'll let other people tell you about Blood Feast's undeniable historical importance. I can only try to describe its influence on me, and some of the thoughts that ran through my skull as I revisited it in tribute last night.

    Somewhere within this admirably artless production lies the key to my obsession with shoestring gore, where the limbs are clearly…

  • Beyond the Seventh Door

    Beyond the Seventh Door

    ★★★

    Made for pennies in Toronto by native Croatian Bozidar D. Benedikt, this '80s SOV obscurity concerns ex-con Boris (Lazar Rockwood), whose former flame Wendy (Bonnie Beck) now works and lives in some sort of castle. Wendy helps Boris enter its basement to steal a rumored treasure, unaware that Lord Breston has a modest network of booby trapped rooms down there to stop any would-be robbers. The bulk of the movie therefore plays like a Z-grade precursor to Cube, as the…