• Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    ★★★

    I've never been a huge fan of the Saw series, but I don't hate it, either. For the record, Saw II is still my favorite in the series, with Saw VI coming in second. The main thing that I liked about Saw VI is that it's where the franchise had the audacity after five entire movies to get topical--it's the one where Jigsaw's whole reign of terror was revealed to be inspired by the U.S. private health care and insurance…

  • Separation

    Separation

    ★½

    I went to a movie in a theater this afternoon for the first time since 1 March 2020. I went to the same theater I went to last time, and they have pretty much all the same posters and stuff up. (Which hilariously means they still have a big The New Mutants banner up.) I saw Separation, and I did not like it at all. I don't know if I've ever been so excited to see something I did not…

  • The Last Hour

    The Last Hour

    ★★

    Some friends and I are making our way through William Sachs's complete oeuvre in no particular order and this was the latest. The fact that one of the two lead guys is a (ex?) cop is mentioned in pretty much every review and summary I've seen online, but it's played like a big reveal at the end of the movie. So you're just watching two guys, neither of whom you really know anything about, bicker and snipe at each other…

  • The List

    The List

    Incompetent young lawyer Renny Jacobson's estranged father dies, leaving almost his entire estate to charity. Renny is angry, but his father did leave him something else: membership in "The List," a small secret society of white guys who have been amassing vast wealth over generations since the Civil War. All Renny has to do is be initiated, show up to meetings, and wait for money to rain down on him. But he's in a hurry to get a lot of…

  • Red Screening

    Red Screening

    ★★★★

    On a rainy evening in Montevideo in 1993, a killer traps the small audience and employees of a huge old movie palace inside during a screening of a horror film. Will someone notice them sneaking around the mostly empty theater dispatching the viewers before it's too late?

    12 movies into Virtual Panic Fest and there's finally just a straight-up slasher! It's a pretty good one, too, with buckets of gore and plenty of gruesome splatter gags all done with satisfyingly…

  • The Whooper Returns

    The Whooper Returns

    I'm not going to leave a rating for this, and I seriously thought about not even logging it because a huge chunk of the run time is so dark it is literally impossible to decipher what is on the screen. And to be totally clear, I'm not exaggerating for comic effect. Maybe the only way to see it is in a completely dark room with absolutely no other sources of light? It's got a cool central concept, some effectively creepy/weird…

  • Legacy of Blood

    Legacy of Blood

    Man, what a difference a nice HD transfer can make! This is probably still my least favorite of the existing Milligan films, but seeing it restored in Severin's Dungeon of Andy Milligan set is like watching a different movie. And it kind of is, since the nth-generation tape rips that have been floating around--the only way to see the movie at all--run six minutes longer than the previously unreleased "theatrical cut." I like this considerably more now that I can…

  • The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!

    The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!

    Watched the Curse of the Full Moon cut in the Dungeon of Andy Milligan set from Severin. Running 73 minutes, this version has zero rat stuff and feels very much like a more subdued companion piece to Blood. It might be less of the outrageous Milligan mess than the version that was originally released, but as a movie you can watch for leisure this cut is a considerable improvement.

  • Roll, Freddy, Roll!

    Roll, Freddy, Roll!

    Freddy (Tim Conway) is a timid systems engineer who has been passed over for a promotion despite designing his company's most advanced computer system yet. He is surprised one afternoon by the news that his ex-wife is getting married in two days to local TV personality and used car salesman Big Sid (Jan Murray). Worse yet, his young son Tommy (Moosie Drier) idolizes Big Sid, so Freddy feels an intense drive to show up Tommy's new stepdad. Circumstances put Freddy…

  • Gunpowder

    Gunpowder

    ★★★★

    Someone is flooding the UK market with gold--enough that in 24 hours, the entire Western world's economy is going to crash. Sounds like a job for Gunn & Powder (David Gillam & Martin Potter), two... guys? Gunn's the impulsive American and Powder is his strait-laced British partner, and together they, uh. It's not really clear what they do, exactly. Anyway, they're sent to investigate and save the world from evil mastermind Dr. Vache (David Miller). But to get to the bottom of…

  • Slaxx

    Slaxx

    ★★★

    Pretty fun stuff, if a bit slight and a tad too goofy on occasion. But it's a fleet little horror/comedy (under 80 minutes!) that absolutely delivers on its concept with plenty of nice practical gore and puppet effects, makes its point, and gets out of its own way. I love that, and the visual of the killer pants never gets old. They're adorable!

    Also: Not really related, but I'm desperately hoping this is a hit for Shudder and some enterprising home video company does a nice new release of director Elza Kephart's debut feature Graveyard Alive.

  • Come True

    Come True

    ★★

    Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) is a high schooler who is avoiding her mother to the point that she's taken to spending nights on a playground slide in a sleeping bag rather than sleep at home. She has persistent nightmares of a dark figure in a surreal world, and she's nodding off in class. In a coffee shop, she finds a flyer for a sleep study run by the mysterious Dr. Meyer (Christopher Heatherington) that seems like at least a temporary…