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On 10/7/2021 at 5:43 PM, Devon Malcolm said:

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (Shudder)

Superb and amazingly progressive early-80s slasher with possibly Susan Tyrrell's most deranged performance. She was great. Features a young Bill Paxton by way of a welcome bonus. Really shocked at how great this was even though its title is stupid.

This sounded really fun, so I checked it out and enjoyed it just as much as you did. Also known as Night Warning and The Evil Protege, so that's three bad titles. Bizarrely, it was banned here as one of the video nasties.

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The Last Duel (cinema)

Well, a difficult one to really judge. On the one hand, it's just nice to see Ridley Scott make the effort these days! The battle scenes and the final duel are great, and Jodie Comer is wonderful, obviously. The Rashomon style set-up also works very well. I'm just not convinced of how well it works on the subject of toxic masculinity and rape, so it's a hard one to balance overall. Definitely would recommend seeing it at least once though, but not for Ben Affleck as a blonde.

Exhibit A (Shudder)

A British found footage film! It would have been a really effective one too if the guy playing the dad wasn't such a terrible actor, but at least it was something different for the genre.

The Night Visitor (Talking Pictures TV)

Absolutely mad Swedish psychological crime thriller thing that's almost impossible to describe without spoiling it. Max von Sydow and Trevor Howard is the sort of acting face-off I can't ever resist though. A must see.

Censor

Mentioned this in the horror thread. One of the best films of the year so far although sure to prove divisive.

The Church (1989) (YouTube)

Probably my favourite Italian horror film. As mental as you'd expect but also absolutely beautiful and full of great imagery. Michele Soavi did some of the best work in the genre in the short time he graced it.

Noroi: The Curse (Shudder)

Japanese found footage film that is one of the few that actually uses the gimmick in a believable and interesting way. Uses its lengthy running time to flesh out a cracking story, enjoyed this a lot more than I expected.

Mother's Day (1980) (Shudder)

Finally, a Troma film that I liked! Probably because this was made before they started making all that daft, unfunny shit they made their name with. This was great and quite impressive in how it uses female characters within its setting. A huge surprise.

The Fog 

Ahoy there. Yearly October viewing. Still brilliant. Not close to being Carpenter's best though, which just goes to show how great he was.

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2 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

The Last Duel (cinema)

Well, a difficult one to really judge. On the one hand, it's just nice to see Ridley Scott make the effort these days! The battle scenes and the final duel are great, and Jodie Comer is wonderful, obviously. The Rashomon style set-up also works very well. I'm just not convinced of how well it works on the subject of toxic masculinity and rape, so it's a hard one to balance overall. Definitely would recommend seeing it at least once though, but not for Ben Affleck as a blonde.

Looking forward to seeing this one - just got to find enough spare time to fit in a cinema trip before Dune likely kicks it off all the screens that aren’t showing Venom 2…

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Ruthless People (1986)

The wife of a business tycoon gets abducted by two people he wronged and held to ransom, unbeknown to them with a mistress of his own he couldn’t be happier. A black comedy that is at times bordering on farce. Such an intricately clever story and very funny with it.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Bruno Antony has a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder; a chance meeting with tennis player Guy Haines sees him put that theory into practice. After struggling with the Birds, this was more up my street. Mystery, suspense, intrigue, great performances, great film.

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Twenty years after a mining accident, the town’s residents defy warnings and plan a Valentine’s dance. Said residents then start to be killed in the most gruesome of ways. Pretty cool and unique with a lot of this film taking place in a mine. Good slasher bearing some similarities to The Prowler.

Sweet Sixteen (1983) (YouTube)

Melissa Morgan is new in town and about to turn 16, however any male that shows an interest in her turns up dead. Despite the slasher elements ventures more on the murder mystery side of things. It’s always good when I don’t guess the killer but the end explanation was too confusing.

Blood Tracks (1985) (YouTube)

A rock band head to the mountains to record their new music video, however a reclusive group of troll like folk living in the abandoned factory don’t want them there. Utter rubbish. The dark picture doesn’t help, but it’s not like good lighting would have made a difference. Shite.

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