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  • The Wax Mask

    The Wax Mask

    ★★★

    Hooptober VII

    Kicking off the Italian section of this year's Hooptober with Argento burying grudges and delegating his long-time make-up expert Sergio Stivaletti to chaperone his first and last collaboration with Fulci - a period appropriate remake of DeToth's House of Wax - to the screen. The Wax Mask fairs about as well as expected given its background with 90s erotica and second-hand costumes smoothing over the usual typecasting and adventures in dubbing. Stivaletti applies himself with style and a…

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    ★★★

    Hooptober VII

    Oh I miss the times when such overstuffed, commercially-minded shite actually had a libido. Probably the tipping point and blueprint of horror's devolution in the 90s, but I can't say I didn't enjoy the softcore lightning, the garish CGI or the flesh costumes. I feel like the family angle in the first one works best as a way to anchor its vibrant and transgressive eroticism, but still thankful that they brought back Julia and adore the dressing scene with her taking the lead in seducing the doctor and using her own blood as lipstick. Horror stopped fucking like this and it shows.

    57/100

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  • MS Slavic 7

    MS Slavic 7

    ★★★★

    Five years ago after an internship in a literary archive, I stayed for another half year as a freelancer and indexed and catalogued the estate of an author we recently acquired, an estate which also included a box of love letters. As I was reading the correspondence, I found it impossible not to get attached to them emotionally - and at the same time it felt like a breach of trust. The letters are so naked, so vulnerable, the writer…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    ★★★★

    Hooptober VII

    A Nightmare on Elm Street presents: The Virgin & The Chad. Landing face first in the other's crotch, bare-ass wrestling on the diamond, sharing a sweat and bonding together: »Do you remember your dreams?« »Only the wet ones.« Mark Patton, twink to be, freshly moved into Elm Street and unpacks by twerking to disco and shooting his flute. Can't really speak to the representation here, but it often plays as squirmy self-hate with Jesse struggling to be perceived as…