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  • Barbecue Death Squad From Hell

    ★★★★

  • Fairy Tail: Phoenix Priestess

    ★★★½

  • The Gruesome Twosome

    ★★★½

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    ★★★

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  • Barbecue Death Squad From Hell

    Barbecue Death Squad From Hell

    ★★★★

    Penn & Teller and Lydia Lunch transform a boring home movie of a backyard barbecue into a bloodsoaked orgy of immolation and monsters.

    The home movie stars James Rebhorn, whom I know best (even though he's appeared in dozens and dozens of films and shows) as Mr. McFlemp, the aluminum siding salesman who is responsible for driving Artie, The Strongest Man In The World, out of Wellsville in The Adventures Of Pete & Pete.

    Barbecue Death Squad From Hell was directed by the Monkees' Michael Nesmith. What a curious little trip.

    Thanks ELECTRICxWIZARD!

  • Fairy Tail: Phoenix Priestess

    Fairy Tail: Phoenix Priestess

    ★★★½

    Every now and then, I go on reading kicks: I'll get in the mood for something and then I'll just go nuts with it for a couple of months. My usual reading kicks are Shakespeare, Dungeons & Dragons novels, Star Trek or Star Wars novels, and graphic novels or manga. This time it's manga.

    In the summer of 2019, before the world went even more to hell than usual, I devoured the first 25 volumes of Soul Eater and the first…

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  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    ★★★

    The 1962 Hammer version of The Phantom Of The Opera, directed by Terence Fisher, is a fine horror flick.

    The sets are good. The cavern beneath the London Opera House (the filmmakers changed the setting), with the organ-playing Phantom elevated on a rocky ledge above the sloshy section inundated by the Thames, is a particularly interesting and evocative space. Some of the sets used for the Joan d'Arc play-within-a-movie are picturesque.

    The story is solid. It has been many years…

  • The Gruesome Twosome

    The Gruesome Twosome

    ★★★½

    A great way to spend a Sunday morning: pull down that clunky Something Weird Video red-covered VHS box from its dusty shelf, pop in the tape, wait for the blue screen to resolve first into flickering static and then into the opening frames of an H.G. Lewis gore-comedy, flip up the footrest of the much-abused La-Z-Boy recliner (how many melted candies, crushed Cheetos, and ass emissions has the poor thing endured over the years?), and settle back to enjoy a…