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  • Haunts

    Haunts

    ★★

    I've never been more ambivalent about a movie. On the negative side: The director is fixated on sexual assault; it's a B-movie with all of the negative trappings (bad cinematography, bad acting, bad special effects, etc.); the ending-after-the-ending is weird. On the plus side: It's definitely unique in a lot of ways; there's actually a couple of decent performances; there's a vision and a directedness to it that is rare in these sorts of productions; it's crosses the line into…

  • It's Alive!

    It's Alive!

    ★½

    This movie's got everything:

    * Terrible acting
    * Awful cinematography
    * Rubber-suited monster
    * Suspenseful music when there's no suspense on camera
    * Super-long narrated flashback midway through the film
    * Toxic masculinity
    * Caves
    * A paleontologist

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  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★★

    I hadn't seen Hellraiser for probably 15 years. A friend has been bugging me to re-watch it, and I'm really glad I succumbed to the peer pressure. This is a really good movie -- not just a really good horror movie. The direction and cinematography are crisp and vital, and the movie chugs along briskly and with purpose. The story is certainly unique, as well, of course.

    Honestly, one of the reasons it took me so long to re-watch this…

  • Frequencies

    Frequencies

    ★★★★

    Well, well, well. Just as my faith in indie films is beginning to slip, along comes a beautiful little gem like this to restore my optimism!

    Imagine a world where luck isn't a matter of random chance -- it's a matter of a certain wave you emit. The higher the frequency of this wave, the better your fortune in the world. Things just always seem to work out for you -- the train is always arriving as you walk onto…