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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Hereditary (2018)

I took myself to a “manually assembled” double feature today (that is: I went to two movies in a row), with a re-view of The Holy Mountain planned weeks ago, and a viewing of Hereditary on the back of its ad campaign, trailers, and a recommendation that preceded my showing by about an hour and a half. I’d […]

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House (1986)¹

It was some time ago that I saw that Arrow Video had released a box set of the first two House movies, those being House itself and House II: The Second Story (yes, that is basically the best sequel title ever written). It was a conflicted moment: Blu-ray only, absurdly overdone (and perhaps overpriced, at 79.99), but two movies […]

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Head (1968)

This is the original poster, by the way–or at least some variation on it. The obvious stars and draws (the Monkees!) aren’t on it. That’s kind of appropriate here. I saw this, largely in pieces, earlier in life, on a recorded video alongside other movies, as I often did in those days. I was increasingly […]

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Heist (2001)

It’s funny to think that by 2001, no one had yet named a film simply “Heist” (okay, there’s a forgotten one from 1998, but prior to that, shockingly, none, with a few possible translated exceptions). I suppose it’s kind of a post-modern title–forget being poetic or unusual or unique, just go minimalist and directly descriptive, […]

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The House of the Devil (2009)

“Throwback” is a lovely little term that is, er, thrown around quite a lot these days. So are terms like “rip off” and “homage,” but at least “throwback” is generally a positive term–at least when describing media. I suppose one could use it condescendingly, but it’s typically seen as at least neutral, if not generally […]

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A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles become a more and more curious subject as time goes on, especially in the circles I run in. I grew up listening to them, and never thought a thing of judging their music. I always liked it, which is no surprise if one knows that the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine is one […]

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The Hustler (1961)

On a search for my last ex-girlfriend’s first alcohol purchase, we stumbled across the Newman’s Own Cabernet Sauvignon. Or rather, I did. I endorsed this repeatedly (as red wine is the only alcohol I happily drink) until she gave in. I noted the quality (for the value, at the least) to folks and was told […]

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