• Scream 2

    Scream 2

    Just as fun and likable as I expected, but if you take away its obsession with metatext you'll end up with kind of a hollowed-out shell of a movie, something the first film actually managed to avoid, in my opinion. I mean, if you're just looking for an entertaining 90s slasher than it more than scratches that itch (even if I do think it's a couple of notches below the first film). It sure as hell did, and I admittedly like it quite a bit. Still, can't help but feel just a tad conflicted.

  • The Old Dark House

    The Old Dark House

    It takes the usual "stranded on a haunted's house while it's pouring outside" and turns it into a sort of beguiling tub of eeriness that feels totally unlike vintage Hollywood drivel. It's just plain freaking weird, and it consistently says to hell with any sort of convenient explanation. You just gotta roll with it, and I sure as hell did.

  • House of Wax

    House of Wax

    Immediately my favorite nu-horror film. All of the yummy clichés are present, but goddamn! does the movie rock them to their fullest extent. Once it kicks, it never lets up! Great gore, great payoffs, and the production design... the stuff of legends.

  • Dune

    Dune

    Before anything else, let me just preface this by saying that, unfortunately, while I was watching Dune, I wasn't able to turn off that part of my brain the constantly sought to compare the on-screen narrative to its written counterpart. It's something I personally hate to do, since it actively harms my appreciation of a film as its own artistic beast, but, in this case at least, probably because I reread the book during the summer, I just couldn't stop…

  • Roar

    Roar

    Hooptober 8.0 #20

    Probably the most inherently chaotic assembly of images ever put to film. It's just straight up disaster after disaster, and it's so fucking entertaining one can't just help but appreciate the commitment. Massive kudos to every crew member of this thing, you guys did the lord's work.

  • Dead & Buried

    Dead & Buried

    Hooptober #17

    Becomes way too predictable way too soon, which is especially disappointing when half of its appeal early on comes from how totally bewildering and mysterious it is. The writing can be quite great and the ending is totally bonkers in the best way possible, but it just couldn't find a way to hook me all the way through.

  • The Howling

    The Howling

    Hooptober #16

    Hungry and horny werewolves as a hairy metaphor for the commodification of the human being? Tremendous concept! Just wish it was done with an added measure of punch and refinement. It has plenty of moments but, holistically, it just ain't that great.

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

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

    Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis have struck the motherload! Past the explosions, the obnoxious CGI and the frankly disheartening MCU tie-in in the mid-credits sequence, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the gay-coded, quasi-horny, loser human-symbiote buddy comedy we, the people, truly deserve. Seriously, fuck the MCU and just give me 89 more movies of Eddie and Venom punching each other in the teeth.

  • The Devil's Rejects

    The Devil's Rejects

    Hooptober 8.0 #14

    Instantly my favorite from Mr. Zombie. Takes the best parts of House of 1000 Corpses, shoves them into the trunk of a beat-up Cadillac and rolls on through the american wasteland, leaving behind a trail of blood, cum and booze for our appreciation. I can't help but admire how uncynically the film portrays the Rejects, these truly disgusting and amoral misfits who, in their own depraved little ways, nurture a tremendous amount of love for each other. Makes the incredible ending hit with that always appreciated extra amount of oomph.

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer

    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Hooptober 8.0 #13

    An absolute all-timer of a setup for a horror film. Love and future dreams all vanishing in a single flash of a moment, the actors devouring that drama in such a way that makes the film virtually soar through the heavens, all the while being soundtracked to a shitty punk cover of Deep Purple's Hush or some such. A shame that what follows feels so middle-of-the-road and uninventive. Even the thematic hook (no pun intended) gets dropped in the water before the midway mark. It just doesn't fuck the way it should.

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    Hooptober 8.0 #12

    Easily one of the most conflicting films I've ever seen. Still haven't decided if it's genius, hypocritical or just straight-up cruel. The first half plays very much in a predictably "italian" manner, but the latter one becomes what is easily the most affecting found-footage horror piece in probably all of cinema. Just unrelenting debauchery until the credits roll. Deserves almost every bit of controversy stowed upon it, and I say this with the utmost respect (and disgust).

  • Young Frankenstein

    Young Frankenstein

    Hooptober 8.0 #11

    Hilarious from front to back. Immediately one of my favorite horror comedies.