Finally watched this hilariously nonsensical semi-classic from the heyday of the slasher movie craze. The fact that it still ranks among the officially banned films in Germany (or ever did, for that matter) may be the ultimate proof of censors lacking any sense of humor. Random killing scenes and psychotronic human interactions do almost reach ZAZ levels of absurdity here – every fifteen seconds or so something REALLY bonkers is happening, while sometimes the relevant pieces of information are not…
It's always great to revisit this neat little vacation movie, though the Greek (and mostly not so Greek) island locations are pretty much absent in the German Super 8 film version that I've seen now out of curiosity (it was released in the early 1980s for projection at home, before VHS became a thing). Of course, watching a ninety-minute film reduced to half an hour is a weird experience, particularly in this case, because D'Amato's picture relies so heavily on…
It took me some time to cherish how exceptional this film is. Like so many allegedly sophisticated people, I too thought of Sleepaway Camp as "problematic" or "questionable" (like being uncomfortably challenged by movies was something to avoid), when I first saw it about 20 years ago. Little did I know.
Although a lot of it might be accidental or unintended (two absolutely irrelevant categories in this respect), the standout qualities of Hiltzik's film are hard to ignore even if…
27-year-old Sam Raimi at the top of his game. Incredibly analeptic filmmaking that uses every trick in the ~book~ while constantly reinventing itself. The laughing lamps and pillows are the cutest splatter movie notion imaginable, with Bruce Campbell, who's been perceived as a mere B movie star or whatever far too long, giving one of the most versatile acting performances in cinema history.