Simon Woods

Avid cinephile looking to expand my horizons.

Top 4 are my favorite horrors for spooky season.

Favorite films

  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Blue Velvet
  • Under the Skin
  • The Thing

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  • Us

    ★★★★

  • The Innocents

    ★★★★★

  • Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

  • The Evil Dead

    ★★★½

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    Alright. I like Get Out quite a bit, so, from the mixed reactions I'd heard, I was a tad dubious going into Us, thinking it wouldn't stack up.

    Nah. Shit slaps.

    It's not as concise, well-written or punchy as Peele's previous effort, but it's honestly even more ambitious, potent and unique in my eyes. The last third in particular is my favorite sort of open-ended terror, conceptually brilliant and allegorically strong. It certainly has its awkward moments, and the dialogue…

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Some movies are just made for you specifically, you know?

    Beyond blown away by this. The Criterion restoration seriously makes it look like it was shot yesterday, some of the most gorgeous black-and-white images I've ever seen. One of the most thematically dense horror films I've seen, a simmering well of paranoia, bottled grief and (most brilliantly) uncomfortable sexual repression. I gasped so many times, sometimes at the bizarre implications of each scene, sometimes at just the crystalline imagery. This…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Did I really just watch this twice in the span of 24 hours? You bet your ass I did!

    Well, to be fair, the second viewing was with my music-obsessed girlfriend. And I don't regret it one bit, because holy shit this was great. I love being able to feel this exhilarated by a new film, it's something I haven't felt to this extent in a while. Definitely something I know will be pretty consistently in my rewatch cycle from now on. And that soundtrack will be on repeat for a while.

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    This is clearly what Raimi wanted to do from the start: create a gory, bat-shit crazy modern Warner Bros. cartoon to help invigorate the genre. Turns out he just had to wait 6 years til he had the budget to do it.

    The most fun I've had with a new film in a long time. Every media trick in the book is utilized, this thing never stops moving and innovating and just getting sillier and more awesome as it goes…