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Pan's Labyrinth Featured

October Challenge – Pan’s Labyrinth

October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

The world of dreams is not distinct from the world of reality. One does not exist separately from the other: in fact the mad and the mundane are intertwined. So it goes in life and...

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Brain Damage Featured

October Challenge – Brain Damage

October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

For proof that all good horror filmmakers are surrealists at heart, one need look no further than Frank Henenlotter’s deranged and brilliant Brain Damage, a film that features a singing, brain-eating parasitic worm as one...

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Black Christmas Featured

October Challenge – Black Christmas

October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bob Clark may be revered as the director of A Christmas Story and reviled as the director of Baby Geniuses, but in truth his most striking work is also his most underrated one. Black Christmas,...

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Kill List Featured

October Challenge – Kill List

October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kill List is as much an anthropological exhibit as it is a film. There is a chilly distance to the proceedings – as though writer Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley are observing an alien species...

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Starry Eyes Featured

October Challenge – Starry Eyes

October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is a certain amount of irony to the fact that Starry Eyes contains a star-making performance. After all, the film is about Sarah, a young woman desperate to make it big in Hollywood, and...

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The Brood Featured

October Challenge – The Brood

October 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Brood isn’t only one of the finest horror films ever made. It’s one of the finest films ever made, regardless of genre. Though such claims may be seen as excessive, one need only revisit...

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Hellraiser Featured

October Challenge – Hellraiser

October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Time has done little to lessen the visceral impact of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, a film that, after almost thirty years, still has the power to shock. As it was then, the film is nothing less...

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Halloween II Featured

October Challenge – Halloween II

October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Of all of Rob Zombie’s films Halloween II is probably his most maligned, which is a shame, because it happens to be his best. It is his magnum opus, a remake that has the bravery to...

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Sleepaway Camp Featured

October Challenge – Sleepaway Camp

October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Far too often films shirk away from their own potential. There are so many movies out there that will hint at subject matter, only to suddenly back off, unwilling – or perhaps unable – to...

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The Devil's Backbone Featured

October Challenge – The Devil’s Backbone

October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Devil’s Backbone is a film haunted, not just by the sallow spectre living in the basement of the orphanage where the action takes place, but by the legacy of violence and the looming horror...

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Spring Featured

October Challenge – Spring

October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

***This Review Contains Very Mild Spoilers***Spring is a marketing agency’s worst nightmare. It is also a masterpiece, for precisely the same reason: it defies genre in a way that no other film has for the...

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Cronos Featured

October Challenge – Cronos

October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cronos isn’t only one of Guillermo Del Toro’s finest films; it’s also the proverbial Rosetta Stone of his work, the key to understanding every other film he has made since. A kind of visual declaration...

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From Beyond Featured

October Challenge – From Beyond

October 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Oddly enough, it’s not hard to see From Beyond’s less than stellar critical reception having something to do with Re-Animator’s critical success. After all, both films share a number of significant elements – both share...

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