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  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

  • Blood Theatre

    ★½

  • The Birds

  • Sauna

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  • Castle Freak

    Castle Freak

    ★★★★½

    This was excellent. For some reason or another, I put off watching Castle Freak for a long time and I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s because of the title or maybe it’s because weird things happened with horror in the nineties. But this film doesn’t really feel like a nineties movie and I should have trusted the dream team of Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, and Barbara Crampton. Filming in an old Italian castle gives everything a wonderful gothic atmosphere…

  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★★½

    Spectacular. Anxious. Full of grief, uncertainty, and fear.

    Enid is a video nasty censor in the Thatcher-era United Kingdom. Her job is to watch the films that are the worst of the worst, the smut, the filth, and the gore, and cut them down until they are fit for the masses. She views herself as a protector, a guardian keeping the public safe. When one particular film resonates with her—its plot bears a shocking similarity to the events surrounding the…

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  • Malevolent

    Malevolent

    ★★

    Malevolent is only around ninety minutes long, but you feel every glacially-paced moment. Maybe that’s in part due to the fact that there is nothing new to see here. Every plot development, each twist and turn, has been done better hundreds of times. The only thing to recommend is Florence Pugh, just a year before her breakout roles in Midsommar and Little Women. She’s great, but don’t see it just for her.

    I love the idea of paranormal scammers accidentally…

  • The Scooby-Doo Project

    The Scooby-Doo Project

    ★½

    Mashing Scooby-Doo together with The Blair Witch Project—a film that I really love—seems like a sure-fire idea, but in reality sticking the two together only serves to amplify the worst qualities of both. For a twenty minute video, this thing is fifteen minutes too long. I don’t know how many folks remember the glut of parodies that popped up in the aftermath of The Blair Witch Project, but there were tons. This feels like just another one of them, not adding anything beyond the admittedly clever initial premise.

    Viewed as part of Hooptober 8.

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    Guys, this is my 900th logged horror movie in my Horror Master List. What a milestone! And what’s even wilder is that by the time Hooptober ends I’ll be more than one third of the way through the last hundred on my way to 1000.

    I chose this one for number 900 because I’ve been seeing generally favorable reviews from people I trust about these things. And while I’m not sure it works as much as some other folks, I’m…

  • Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    ★★★½

    I was afraid that this would be an unpleasant viewing experience but I ended up really enjoying this one. I think that I was worried it would turn out too sexually violent—my tolerance for that kind of stuff seems to diminish each year. Even though Hounds of Love can be tough to watch at times, thankfully it doesn’t get too bad. Or, when it does get bad, at least it doesn’t linger there to make you miserable. The one thing…