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  • Monsters Crash the Pajama Party

    Monsters Crash the Pajama Party

    ★★★★★

    It’s important to know what this actually is to fully enjoy it. It was made to be part of the old movie theatre spookshow circuit. It wasn’t made to be viewed as a film. There are parts in this 30 min relic that were meant to cue actors in monster costumes to come out and “spook” the audience. It would have been shown as a part of a full evening of spooky horror movies, cartoons, “real” monsters and ghosts, magic…

  • The Black Cat

    The Black Cat

    ★★★★★

    Aka DEMONS 6 

    This movie is batshit crazy! Thank the gods for this awesome slice of what-the-fuckery that goes in all directions and has no idea what the fuck it is. Is it a sequel to Suspiria? Is it an adaptation of Poe? It’s definitely not a sequel to Demons 1&2 but I expected that much. Luigi Cozzi fits into that league of great filmmakers who don’t know how to make a good movie exactly but how to make awesomely entertaining…

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  • Penitentiary

    Penitentiary

    ★★★½

    Solid entry in the blaxploitation, prison and boxing genres. After recently watching the first five Rocky films, this is refreshingly unsentimental; while it does have some sober moments, it’s also very matter-of-fact about life behind bars. Leon Isaac Kennedy is great as Too Sweet, and the rest of the inmates are played with little restraint, ensuring the film’s grindhouse charm.

  • Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century

    Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century

    ★★★½

    An Italian/Canadian King Kong ripoff. It’s better than anybody could expect it to be. Before watching, I was thinking “There’s not a chance this will live up to the awesome poster art.” But it does! A giant yeti is thawed out of a glacier in Canada, falls in love with a pretty lady, gets attached to her kid and Lassie dog, gets paraded for the public for money by greedy villains, escapes and wrecks havoc Toho-style. Nothing too complicated, and…

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  • Black Sunday

    Black Sunday

    ★★★½

    Great gothic horror, wonderful viewing for the spooky season. Barbara Steele is mesmerizing in this movie. Literally a perfect movie to watch for Halloween.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

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

    Blow Out isn’t usually considered one of De Palma’s horror films, but I’ve always viewed it as such. I find it more unsettling than any of his other films. It’s not my favorite De Palma (Phantom of the Paradise), but it’s so well conceived and executed from A to Z. The opening and closing bookends are genius. That ending is phenomenal. The scene where Travolta is holding Nancy's lifeless body with the fireworks going off is outstanding. “It’s a good scream.” The…