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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Still a masterpiece over 40 years later. A solid scifi horror flick that showed mainstream cinema that movies like this could be just as serious and well-crafted as anything else. The acting, special effects, score and writing hold up still over four decades after release, and birthed probably the most famous and recognizable movie monster of all time. It's a shame that Ridley Scott could have made this and yet now has turned the franchise into pretentious, incoherent God parable nonsense that gets worse with every installment he directs.

  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A.

    ★★★

    Having put off seeing this for years due to how bad the special effects are, I've come to believe that this was done badly on purpose by Carpenter just to piss off Hollywood. It's pretty clear from interviews with the man that he does not like sequels, and probably got conned into doing this because of the growing cult following around his films.

    There's some pointed jabs at the mainstream movie industry if you look hard enough, especially in the…

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  • Assault on Precinct 13

    Assault on Precinct 13

    ★★★★★

    One of my top 3 Carpenter films along with The Thing and They Live. A solid action film with excellent acting, pacing and dialogue with a chilling minimalist score by Carpenter himself.

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★½

    Extremely dry historical drama from Scorsese, who was honestly never one of my favourite directors even though I like a few of his films (Taxi Driver included). Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver are at times passable, and others inexplicable as a casting choice. It's extremely long and meanders quite often so it's a difficult watch unless you love overlong historical dramas about Japan (Shogun anybody?).

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  • Demons 2

    Demons 2

    ★★★

    While it doesn't quite live up to the first Demoni film, it's still a fun and decidedly meta romp nonetheless. It's definitely a mixed bag, with some of what made the first movie great - the New Wave sound track, unexpected twists and special effects - but also a cast of incredibly dumb characters that apparently don't know how doors work and suddenly gain weapons, skills and equipment because the script demands it. Features a cameo by Bobby Rhodes, who played Tony in the first movie, albeit playing a different character this time around. Co-written by Italian horror master Dario Argento.

  • Amityville II: The Possession

    Amityville II: The Possession

    ★★★½

    This was actually a much better film that I was previously led to believe. There's some genuinely creepy moments, great performances from leads Jack Magner and James Olson, some fun SFX and some very interesting cinematography. There's some pretty hokey moments (Burt Young is a fucking terrible actor, not gonna lie) but altogether it's really not that bad of a movie.