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Dec 7 2017

Blade of the Immortal

There’s a sly undercurrent of humor native to Takashi Miike’s films. It’s a dark humor often laced with gore and entrails, and it tends to at least soften his particular brand of cruelty, which runs from the subtle to the outright shocking. His 100th feature film, Blade of the Immortal, is rife with this kind […]
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Nov 10 2013

Big Bad Wolves

“Big Bad Wolves” is terrifying, funny, uncompromising, beautiful, ugly and altogether disturbing. While this dark, atmospheric gem borders on masterful at times, surprising in ways that I haven’t seen in years and craftily evoking a mix of contradictory emotions, I found myself initially a bit resentful of the filmmakers for luring us in with their […]
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Jun 8 2013

V/H/S/2

Last year, I reviewed V/H/S, a found-footage anthology horror film with six entries directed by a group of ten different directors. While I appreciated the film, upon later viewings, I found the original movie to be full of meandering stories where bad things happened to bad people. It was more a comeuppance movie than a […]
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Jan 28 2013

John Dies at the End

(This review was originally published on January 28, 2013 at Reel Film News) Whether John dies at the end or not is irrelevant, because director Don Coscarelli’s return to his obscure trademark blend of horror/comedy makes his “Phantasm”  ‘quadrilogy’ look as routine as an Amway seminar. Starting my review while still watching a film isn’t […]
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Nov 30 2012

Sushi Girl

(This review was originally published on November 30, 2012 at Reel Film News) Last year when I interviewed Tony Todd for “Final Destination 5”, he was already in serious promotional mode for a new film called “Sushi Girl”, in which he co-stars with Mark Hamill, James Duval and Andy Mackenzie, and is also billed among […]
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Oct 5 2012

V/H/S

(This review was originally published on October 5, 2012 at Reel Film News) Hmmmm…. an exclusively ‘found footage’ horror anthology. There’s an interesting concept. Like many compilations of its genre, “V/H/S” is hit or miss; sometimes it’s delightfully disturbing, and other times it feels recycled and uninspired. Consisting of five tales shot in the POV style […]
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