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  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Others
  • Scream
  • The Ring

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  • Lake Mungo

    ★★★★½

  • Sputnik

    ★★★

  • One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★

  • House

    ★★★

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  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    Visceral. Hellish. Brutally disgusting.

    Unironically, one of the most consistent and viscerally terrifying horror films I have ever seen. An ever accelerating descent into unadulterated homicidal madness.

    A nightmare of orgiastic cannibalism. The dehumanization on display is so pervasive that the disintegration of the charcters' sanity feels inevitable. The trauma experienced so unbearable that it breaks reality down, expanding ever outward. Bodies transform into uncanny disassociative figures that lumber and contort, mutilated and rotting, crooked and oozing pus. What some…

  • Road to Damascus

    Road to Damascus

    As the Writer and Producer I feel I shouldn't score the film. But I am exceptionally proud of everyone who worked on this project.

    We didn't have anywhere near enough money (about $20k) and it being many of the cast and crew's first feature film there are inevitably things I wish I could do over or differently. But I don't think any of that diminishes any of the hard work litteraly everyone POURED into this movie. Maybe someday I'll tell…

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  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely chilling.
    Gruellingly sad but also spine-tinglingly spooky and artfully constructed.

    As a mockumentary, this is all too real feeling. The grainy digital images evoke not only a gentle wake of millennial nostalgia but also a ceaselessly rising dread and terror.

    Threads the needle, rendering an eerily convincing ghost story enformed by tragedy, psychology and undying love. A beautiful allegory for the agony of grieving a family member.

    The final twenty minutes scared the shit out of me, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and ghastly shivers rolled down my arms.

  • Sputnik

    Sputnik

    ★★★

    Tense and paranoid.

    What at first sounds like a B-Grade Russian knock-off ends up standing on its own as a more cerebral than expected moody sci-fi skin to something like Arrival or Splice. While the film is overlong at almost two hours, the ideas presented are followed through with uncommon commitment and above-average characterization. Technical elements are strong and effective.

    Not especially scary, disturbing.or frightening despite it's a recent inclusion in Hulu's Huluween collection- but it is a serviceably spooky and tense thriller with aliens if you're in the mood for that sorta thing.

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  • Friday the 13th Part III

    Friday the 13th Part III

    Notable only because Jason finally arrives in his final form.

    His mask (and therefore his identity in the Ancient Greek sense) and his brooding physical impossibility finally manifest complete and whole and true.

    From here on unafraid of himself, Jason dominates every space he enters and becomes the primordial force he always was. And will be again... and again... and again... until time stops or death becomes the world.

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    A beautiful slice of life film about family values and where they sit in a rapidly changing post-war Japan.

    Mannered compositions, deliberate editing and hyper intelligent staging give the film a surprisingly modern quality. Even in some of it's writing choices, this decidedly modern sensibility prevails; the distinct lack of melo-drama, the focus on women and their various life stages.

    Framing conversations in largely solitary medium close-ups, with actors speaking directly to camera, put an unusual emphasis on the characters'…