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  • Dawn of the Dead
  • This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Redneck Zombies

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  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    ★★

  • Night of the Demons

    ★★★

  • Fear of the Dark

    ★★½

  • The Shack

    ★½

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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    MINOR SPOILERS, if you haven't seen this, it's best to go in with as little background as possible.

    It only stands to reason the greatest zombie film yet to come from Japan actually isn't a zombie film at all. Despite the marketing hook, it also sits well outside of the horror genre. Instead it's a transcendent celebration of the creative process that pulls a brilliant humanistic double duty.

    Director/screenwriter Shinichiro Ueda uses the production of a live zombie short done…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    The Oscar-conquering Silence of the Lambs will likely forever remain the greatest intersection of high-minded prestige that the Academy gravitates towards and lowbrow exploitation not-so-secretly loathed. A sharp screenplay mated with no-frills execution that doesn't shy away from any horrific visual or underpinning. Demme deftly balances this show-and-tell, only strengthening the stakes, so much so it's easy to believe Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill are highly accurate portrayals of real life monsters bearing the same names.

    Saying this, and given…

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  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    ★★

    Thrashing for relevancy is a bigger problem than the cup of coffee spent in Manhattan. Taking Jason from his lake and conceptualizing fear of water through senseless visions are grasps at shifting toward a Freddy tone. He might be as recognizable as his box office nemesis but works best as counter to Krueger's stand-up.

    And what about body-jumping and waking up in future space? Least those sequels committed to those ideas. Manhattan wants a gimmick for the poster and same…

  • Night of the Demons

    Night of the Demons

    ★★★

    Like the latest Jeepers Creepers, a remake better viewed as just another in the series. Shannon Elizabeth's Angela holds a Halloween bash at a mansion with a dark past, nicks her hand on a basement skull, and transforms into a horned demon while Type O Negative blares. Stragglers trapped within the compound are prime for slaughter after cops scatter the festivities beforehand.

    The bones of Kevin Tenney's Night of the Demons redressed in hip debauchery and color gels for a…

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  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    WE aRe THe tHiNGs thAT wERe AnD Jayson can't look at Evil Dead II objectively at all.

    The film that blew wind into the sails of many a horror fan's maiden voyage or solidified lifelong love for the genre. I distinctly remember my first time. Back when Syfy was The Sci-fi Channel in 1995, and actually worth a damn, they used to do movie theme weeks. Maybe their most memorable was a zombie week dubbed Zombie-A-Go-Go hosted by Rob Zombie.…

  • Jeepers Creepers

    Jeepers Creepers

    ★★★★

    Gotta hand it to the detestable supposed human behind this, he crafted one of the best contemporary horror films of the '00s with Jeepers Creepers. Justin Long and Gina Philips strike a sibling relationship with gentle barbs and genuine sense of caring that's rarely seen in the genre. The Creeper's unique mythos is well developed having a folksy bent that predates the recent trend in earthen-based horrors. Jonathan Breck plays up the character's toyful menace from seasonal generations of chasing…