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The Last Exorcism Part II

I had planned to just write an imdb review for this (I will just truncate this into something manageable), because it really isn't very good (in fact, it's pretty awful), but for whatever reason my review just kept going on and on. This is basic rambling about the movie.

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The Legend of Hell House

One of the best (if not the best) viewing experiences of last October (2014 will go down as one of my most disappointing years of the 2000s regarding Halloween month viewing) was the Legend of Hell House from 1973. In terms of the overall mood, the use of psychic ability and science clashing to discover what thrives within it and “erase it” from the residence, the tortured faces of the small group gathered together to uncover its corruption and cleanse it, the effects and toll on the group, the atmospheric spook show that derives from the way the location is presented (the photography and shrouding fog give the residence a sinister appearance I found pleasing to the eye and thrilling as a horror fan who desires the aesthetics of a haunted location) and what evil lies within its walls, its rooms, its halls, and structure, and the actors congregated for this motion picture, The Legend of Hell House was quite a rewarding late night viewing for me personally during a Turner Classics Haunt…

Baron Blood

Nothing against Joseph Cotten, but I can't help but wonder how much more aware horror fans would be of Mario Bava's Baron Blood (1972) had Vincent Price been able to fulfill the role of the titular villain. Bava and Price on the cover of the movie poster sure is quite a seller. I guess the film might be considered too old fashioned for the 70s and Bava's output suffered as attentions in Italy seemed to turn towards gialli which were modern day focused, with special attention devoted to urban/suburban elite classes and the fashion industry (a genre Bava helped to give birth to). Still as latter day Bava, the film does infuse the "modern opposite historical" clashing as the Baron, resurrected by a specific parchment containing a witch's incantation cursing him to revival brought to his old castle (about to be turned into a tourist attraction/bed'n'breakfast) by an ancestor, Peter (Antonio Cantafora). The past and present converge and the Baron still ha…

Spare Parts: The Tripper

A lot of times I have a number of images I just can't use for a full length review. After a while it just goes on so long that I feel it tends to get a little absurd. Still I wanted to do something with some of the images I have extracted from the film and thought they were neat enough to give a blog post to.


Will she listen to Franco who is warning her to stay away from Soledad Miranda? Of course not....they never do.

The Tripper

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Take a Bite out of the Darkside

Cat's Eye (1985)

Clay Pigeons

Looking back at the late nineties with fondness, it is cool to watch little movies that feature actors who were the next crop of stars to make their mark in the film industry for years to come. To think that the likes of Joaquin Phoenix and Vince Vaughn co-starring in this rural psycho-thriller with black humor are big stars today is no surprise. But I particularly find this young portion of Vaughn's career fascinating. Now he's one of comedy's elite. Ben Stiller, Vaughn, and Owen Wilson have carved quite a career for themselves. However, I often like the lesser recognized stuff. For instance, I dig Wilson's little crime comedy, The Big Bounce, which isn't all that heralded. Certainly, 1998's Clay Pigeons isn't. This was the same year a great batch of late 90s actors were corralled into the universally despised Van Sant "reimagining" of Hitchcock's Psycho. Of that batch, Vince Vaughn plays another psychopath (who is far more confident and cha…

The Devonsville Terror (1983)