Cronos (1993)

I was effectively introduced to Guillermo del Toro via his adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in 2004. I followed it not long after with a theatrical viewing of El Laberinto del Fauno¹ and a strong hope for it to win Best Picture (it didn’t). I saw Hellboy II in theatres as well, and Pacific Rim after that. I intended […]

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Schizoid (1980)

This is the second film in the Scream/Shout! Factory double feature I picked up a while ago (the first being Hospital Massacre, known as X-Ray on the disc), mostly because it was cheap and also had Klaus Kinski. I’ve actually not seen, perhaps bizarrely, most of the Herzog/Kinski collaborations (though I recently picked up the lot on […]

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Repo Man (1984)

As often happens, I do believe I’ve come at a director from the weirdest of angles. One need only look to the only Alex Cox movie I’ve previously reviewed (or, to be honest, seen!): Three Businessmen. I actually noted in that review that it was probably pretty weird that I hadn’t seen this at the time. […]

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Hospital Massacre [aka X-Ray] (1982)

There was a double feature at Half-Price Books that I noticed matched two films (this one and Schizoid, which stars Klaus Kinski¹) under the Scream Factory label. Scream Factory being an imprint of Shout! Factory, the mostly-movies distribution company that once splintered off the music-focused Rhino. Scream/Shout! released the version of Pumpkinhead I watched earlier today, as […]

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Pumpkinhead (1988)

Everyone loves a good tale of vengeance. It’s behind movies like Point Blank and its re-titled remake Payback, or John Wick, or that 70’s subgenre of questionable taste, “rape-revenge”. Park Chan-Wook’s “Vengeance” trilogy and a number of others are also high in the realms of “tales of vengeance”, but take another tack: while the first set is about […]

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Atomic Blonde (2017)

I was hitting the theatres pretty hard shortly before this one came out, so I did see the trailer for it a number of times. The trailer’s usage of 80’s pop was intriguing to someone like me, and Charlize Theron and James McAvoy being badass and/or ridiculous also seemed like something worth taking the time […]

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Dunkirk (2017)

One of the last 2017 Best Picture Nominees I’d seriously considered watching but (until now, of course) didn’t. I was a bit more on the fence because, while I can’t exactly discount the notion of war movies in general with a “Been there, done that” attitude that doesn’t smack of hypocrisy considering my feelings on […]

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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

I must have felt something. Well, no: I was simply doing what I’m prone to doing anyway–this weekend, in a few odd trips to the bookstores around town (amongst record and comic shops, of course), I picked up a couple more Harlan Ellison books: Ellison Wonderland and Angry Candy. I’ve picked up a number of books here […]

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