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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    MINOR SPOILERS, if you haven't seen this, it's best to go in with as little background as possible.

    It only stands to reason the greatest zombie film yet to come from Japan actually isn't a zombie film at all. Despite the marketing hook, it also sits well outside of the horror genre. Instead it's a transcendent celebration of the creative process that pulls a brilliant humanistic double duty.

    Director/screenwriter Shinichiro Ueda uses the production of a live zombie short done…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    WE aRe THe tHiNGs thAT wERe AnD Jayson can't look at Evil Dead II objectively at all.

    The film that blew wind into the sails of many a horror fan's maiden voyage or solidified lifelong love for the genre. I distinctly remember my first time. Back when Syfy was The Sci-fi Channel in 1995, and actually worth a damn, they used to do movie theme weeks. Maybe their most memorable was a zombie week dubbed Zombie-A-Go-Go hosted by Rob Zombie.…

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  • Hostel: Part II

    Hostel: Part II

    ★★½

    An American trio of art students are lulled into a new round of high-end human butchery by the wealthy while studying abroad in Roma.

    A more ample budget imparts a slicker sheen to what's roughly the same foundation poured in Hostel (2005). Maybe coming from a personal level of white knighting, the gender switch to female makes the torture much harder to watch. Especially a naive and whispy Heather Matarazzo in a bathory blood shower that's become the trilogy's most…

  • The Church

    The Church

    A pastor (Bill Moseley) caves to a developer's pressure to sell his historic church, but just before pen hits paper both parties find themselves locked inside and under attack by mysterious forces.

    So God's wraith will be incurred by those who sell or buy churches, even if they plan to build a new one? And this will manifest as flickering lights, spooky noises, and being thrown into a purgatory-like limbo? And this movie ultimately amounts to a cop-out twist for…

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  • Zombie Holocaust

    Zombie Holocaust

    ★★½

    After cult organ thievery at a metropolitan New York hospital, a investigative team cast off to an island of cannibal natives, percussive moans of the undead, and a mad doctor bent on human experimentation.

    This portmanteau of Zombie (1979) and Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) might be the ultimate case of Italian exploitation eating itself. Owing more to the former, it's nearly the same premise using the same key sets with Ian McCulloch and Dakar returning as essentially the…

  • Burial Ground

    Burial Ground

    ★★

    Pre-invited guests of a professor studying an ancient crypt are terrorized by zombies shuffling toward their eaten host's manor.

    Divorced from its Italian grinder pedigree, director Andrea Bianchi's lone undeader is hellishly slopped together. Even within the country's post-Dawn of the Dead coattail riding, it's a bore compared to Dardano Sacchetti's supernatural zombo gold penned for Lucio Fulci during that brief period. At least no time is wasted getting to its crude burlap zombies smeared of mud, maggots, and rancid…