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  • Men

    Men

    ★★★★½

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

    At first, Men looks like Alex Garland’s version of the ideas explored in Midsommar. He seems to be using horror to explore the grief and guilt around the ending of a relationship from a woman’s perspective. And it is that, but it is also a strange pagan story of violent rebirth that is brilliantly put together. The sound design is fantastic and every shot is gorgeous. It’s full of echoing ululation and crisp shots of forests and fields. I felt…

  • Livid

    Livid

    ★★★★

    Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the same team that made Inside, have crafted a great haunted house mashup that serves as an homage to the horror genre as it delivers its ghastly and visceral thrills. Excellent, moody music kicks off an opening that is crisp and dripping with atmosphere. It’s clear from the beginning that the filmmakers have a great eye. And while some of the beauty of the first act gets necessarily obscured in the darkness of the spooky…

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  • Zombie Holocaust

    Zombie Holocaust

    ★★

    “I could easily kill you now, but I’m determined to have your brain.”

    Doctor Butcher, M.D., aka Zombie Holocaust (possibly because Cannibal Holocaust was already taken by another film that year), is an Italian mad scientist film in the same vein as the many “white guy doing experiments on/among indigenous people” voodoo films of the 30s and 40s. Just let the cannibalism stand in for the voodoo and update the quaint effects of those early films with some impressive foley…

  • Smile

    Smile

    ★★★½

    I had a pretty good time with this, but there’s a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde thing going on—lots of good and lots of bad all in one package. I’ll start with the worst offender: be prepared for every cheap, sucker punch jump scare tactic there is. There aren’t a ton of them, but man are they obnoxious. There’s also a pretty egregious dream sequence. Aside from one astonishingly good moment during the finale (worth the price of admission alone),…

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  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★★½

    Spectacular. Anxious. Full of grief, uncertainty, and fear.

    Enid is a video nasty censor in the Thatcher-era United Kingdom. Her job is to watch the films that are the worst of the worst, the smut, the filth, and the gore, and cut them down until they are fit for the masses. She views herself as a protector, a guardian keeping the public safe. When one particular film resonates with her—its plot bears a shocking similarity to the events surrounding the…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    Guys, this is my 900th logged horror movie in my Horror Master List. What a milestone! And what’s even wilder is that by the time Hooptober ends I’ll be more than one third of the way through the last hundred on my way to 1000.

    I chose this one for number 900 because I’ve been seeing generally favorable reviews from people I trust about these things. And while I’m not sure it works as much as some other folks, I’m…