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  • Bleeders

    Bleeders

    ★★★

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

    In the 1980s and 1990s, stories by H.P. Lovecraft were mostly adapted into B-horror movies that had difficulties conveying the intense atmosphere of pessimism and existential dread inherent to many of his works onto the screen. They would usually fill this gap with an excess of gore effects, and the majority of them turned out to be reasonably entertaining. Two positive outliers from that period were Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator and Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected.

    O'Bannon also co-wrote the script for…

  • The Viking Sagas

    The Viking Sagas

    ★★★★

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

    Before the 2000s, Viking culture and characters did only make occasional appearances in American cinema, but movies like the 13th Warrior and Valhalla Rising reintroduced the savage warriors to a wider audience. The Viking Sagas was made before this revival, and can be considered a spiritual B-movie predecessor especially to Valhalla Rising. Both movies share a mystical atmosphere and stunning photography of the barren Scandinavian landscape.

    The film may also have been an attempt to recreate the vibe of Icelandic…

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  • VFW

    VFW

    ★★★½

    VFW does not hide that it's an homage to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, with the dystopian setting of Escape From New York added to it. Assault on Precinct 13 is so old by now that many viewers of VFW may not even know it exists, so the time was right in any case for a new version. While there has been an official remake of John Carpenter's classic in 2005, it was a very different movie from its…

  • Showdown in Little Tokyo

    Showdown in Little Tokyo

    ★★★½

    Mark L. Lester spent his whole career making fairly dumb movies with a few exceptions. He is now mostly known for directing the totally bonkers Arnold Schwarzenegger flick Commando. This movie was a complete exaggeration of 1980s action movie tropes even for its time I would say. It was so absurd that it renders the contemporary parodies of the genre like Commando Ninja and King Fury almost unnecessary.

    Even so, several of Lester's movies have high entertainment value and one…