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  • Vampyres

    Vampyres

    ★★★★

    🎃👻🧛🤡🔪😨SHOCKTOBER 2020😱⚰️🧟👽👹💀 CONTINUES!

    On the ‘70s Euro horror scale, this has more substance than Franco, less sociological subtext than Daughters of Darkness, and less assured dreamlike atmosphere than Rollin. But it’s still pretty rich and intoxicating stuff, with an effective style and character all its own. And lots of blood and tits. Gotta cover the bases.

    Hammer was on its last legs by ‘74, and Vampyres is basically occasional Hammer distributor Rank films independently making a Hammer movie without Hammer.…

  • Stay Home

    Stay Home

    ★★★

    🎃👻🧛🤡🔪😨SHOCKTOBER 2020😱⚰️🧟👽👹💀 CONTINUES!

    According to IMDb, this is the fourth official short released this year with the name “Stay Home.” Ah, 2020.

    Part throwback, part love letter to fans, Stay Home is the more traditional cousin to Shudder’s Host. What it lacks in that film’s ingenuity, it mostly makes up for with its ability to gamely execute recognizable tropes with recognizable stars. It gets nicely grisly and twisty by the end. As an amateur production made by professionals, it’s a well-done and cozy little shocker.

    This and Death House make me wish we could have Wallace and Crampton together in a LOT more movies.

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    This is one filthy movie. I know I'm far from the first person to notice this, but, boy, is it ever obvious today.

    An opening scene of planes copulating. Then we meet General Erection post-coitus. Ripper explains he is afraid of his fluids being taken from his body...and, we later learn, new ones entering it. Then we go to a War Room of sexual repression: An emasculated president twice named after references to female genitalia; a general still thinking of…

  • Looper

    Looper

    A heady, steadily paced flick with traces of X-Men, Equilibrium and every decent time travel movie, Rian Johnson's (the overrated Brick, the underrated The Brothers Bloom) Looper is easily the smartest sci-fi since Moon. Yes, even better than the similarly time-travel themed Source Code. It's not particularly complex but clever where it counts - its time-travel premise is deceptively simple but fleshed out with neat elements like Gordon-Levitt and Willis' shared and evolving memories, the inventive and somberly human use…