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  • Miller's Crossing
  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Galaxy of Terror

    ★★★

  • Blood Simple

    ★★★★★

  • Avengement

    ★★★½

  • Christine

    ★★★½

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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★½

    Ah, the 1980s. It was a simpler time: a time of magic, miracles, demons and gods. A time when a cult horror director could commandeer a $25 million budget to construct an amalgamation of thoughtful British science-fiction and American horror. A time when Steve Railsback was considered a viable leading man. I speak of the infamous flop Lifeforce.

    Loosely based on Colin Wilson’s novel The Space Vampires — fairly on-the-nose for a title — director Tobe Hooper and screenwriter Dan…

  • From Beyond

    From Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Where would horror movies be without slime? It’s the perfect go-to method for disguising effect flaws while making the audience squirm with disgust. Enter From Beyond, the movie that puts the “goo” in “goopy.” Its chief monster, the dimensionally disfigured Dr. Pretorius, almost puts John Carpenter’s Thing alien to shame with its overall shape-shifting malleability and gallons of ooze.

    As if that weren’t enough, the movie as a whole is an excellent exercise in mad science, sadomasochistic inventiveness and squirrelly…

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  • Galaxy of Terror

    Galaxy of Terror

    ★★★

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

    Look, there is no way in the universe that a movie starring Edward “Stare as Blank as Empty Space” Albert and Joanie Cunningham (er, Erin Moran) is going to be quote-unquote good. So know that going in, lower the bar on your entertainment value, and you might find the B-movie schlockfest Galaxy of Terror to be a guilty pleasure of modest proportions.

    Marketed as an Alien rip-off, but thematically closer to Forbidden Planet, Galaxy is your typical Roger Corman cheapo…

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    Watching the gorgeous Criterion blu-ray and the 1994 commentary with George Romero (director), Karl Hardman (producer, actor: "Harry Cooper"), Marilyn Eastman (actor: "Helen Cooper"), and John A. Russo (co-writer).

    It cannot be said enough: Harry Cooper is one of the great cowards of cinema.

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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★½

    Mike Flanagan is, like Frank Darabont and precious few others, a director who gets Stephen King. He also gets movies, which is how his adaptation of Doctor Sleep adroitly treks the vast difference between King's The Shining and Kubrick's take. It takes Kubrick's masterpiece and infuses it with King's penchant for warm characters, resulting in a hybrid that's sometime unwieldy but always entertaining.

    I do wish it was scarier, though. Despite terrific performances from all involved, the creep factor isn't…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★

    A superhero movie where the entire planet isn't under threat of imminent annihilation? Thank the maker.