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Film Review: Hour of the Wolf (1968)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has a emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. REVIEW: “Now you are yourself, but not yourself; an ideal state for a meeting between lovers.” Often touted as Ingmar Bergman’s only “horror” film, Hour of the Wolf actually doesn’t stray from Bergman’s characteristic …

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Film Review: Dead Ringers (1988)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. REVIEW: “I’ve often thought that there should be beauty contests for the insides of bodies.” Cronenberg’s 1988 film is a harrowing character study involving not a single protagonist but two. Specifically, twins Stewart and …

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Film Review: Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models. REVIEW: “Perhaps female beauty makes him lose his head and kill.” In 1964, horror maestro Mario Bava, for better or worse, practically invented the cinematic giallo (a horror subgenre which harkened to Italian paperbacks released in the 1930’s which translated mystery novels and were characteristically yellow) and …

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Fim Review: Visitor Q (2001)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. REVIEW: “The sea’s so endless. You can’t see anything.” Prolific filmmaker, Takashi Miike, often delights in putting off the audience with controversial subject matter and this film is no different.  Modeled loosely …

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Film Review: Throne of Blood (1957)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider’s Web Castle. REVIEW: “The devil’s path will always lead to doom.” Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, is certainly one of the greatest representatives of its cinematic form. Portrayed by the great Toshiro …

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Film Review: Touch of Evil (1958)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. REVIEW: “This isn’t the real Mexico. You know that. All border towns bring out the worst in a country.” A quintessential entry in the classic film noir genre, Orson Welles’ misanthropic thriller is not only one of his most polished films …

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Film Review: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. REVIEW: “Without your voice, I’d be lost in a land of silence.” Ascenseur pour l’echafaud was Louis Malle’s debut film and certainly one of the strongest cinematic inaugurations of the medium. Typically, a filmmaker’s first feature film …

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Film Review: Kuroneko (1968)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai. REVIEW: “Fires everywhere in war, sparks fell even here.” Kaneto Shindo is a filmmaker well-acquainted with ghostly folk tales (Onibaba, Akuto) but he has also made a career out of high drama (Children …

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Film Review: Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly desperate husband (‘Max von Sydow’). They are joined by Karin’s father (‘Gunnar Björnstrand’), who is a world-traveling author that is estranged to his children. …

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Film Review: Alice (1988)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. REVIEW: “You must…close your eyes…otherwise…you won’t see anything.” Czech filmmaker, Jan Svankmajer, has led an illustrious career with his surrealist films, many of which are told from the perspective of a child. He has influenced filmmakers young and old, from Terry Gilliam to the Brothers Quay with a celebrated catalog …

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Film Review: Diabolique (1955)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. REVIEW: “She’ll bury us all. Won’t you, my little ruin?” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 film, The Devils, is a pioneering example of early psychological noir cinema …

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Film Review: Psycho II (1983)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude… but the specters of his crimes — and his mother — continue to haunt him. REVIEW: “Goodnight, Mary.” The original film (directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960) was essentially the first slasher film and, in turn, initiated a new avenue of …

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Film Review: Patrick (1978)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own. REVIEW: “One thing’s for certain: Patrick never does anything on purpose.” The 1978 thriller, Patrick, was a milestone in Richard Franklin’s cinematic career. Its success allowed for such cult classics as Road Games and Psycho 2, …

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