The other thing that The Return of the Living Dead has which separates it from the rest of the herd of 1980s zombie movies is a keen attention to detail. When the toxic gas is first unleashed on the medical supply warehouse you can see the pinned butterflies fluttering on their display board. In the background of one shot we can see an eyechart that reads “B U R T I S A S L A V E D R…
If you think I'm being a bit too kind to All Through the House, keep in mind that I'm reviewing it in the shadow of such exquisite garbage as Mother Krampus (2017), Santa Jaws (2018), and Sick for Toys (2018). Sure, this film is pretty crappy but at least it manages the basics required of a low-budget by-the-numbers slasher, and when compared to its peers that is something of an accomplishment.
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Now in most films, this would be the turning point and from here on out we’d watch Tony gradually become more socially fit until he’s a taxpayer with a cardigan sweater and white-picket fence. Yet crucially, the adult that Tony goes to for help, Dr. Brandon, does not have the wayward youth’s best interests at heart. Brandon is a mad psychiatrist, a nuclear age variant of mad scientist that began to play larger roles in TV and movies as the…
This is a film about a seduce-and-destroy witch, shot on lavish 35-millimeter film, and sporting a mid-century ascetic recalling the goofy horror films of that era which I love dearly. I should love this film. Indeed, the fact that despite all these positive attributes the film remains a boring slog is almost an impressive feat in-and-of-itself. What’s more, all the little details are well thought out and skillfully executed. The set design, costuming, lighting, props, and effects are so stunning…