HIGH ON THE HOG

...there's still some scuzzy pulpy fun to be had, some goodness to be taken away from the experience, just so long as you're willing to navigate past it's largest problem.

 

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FRANCIS MAKES A FRIEND

Jake Braden takes the ordinary and inebriates it over the course of it's runtime, slowly slurring the narrative, and twisting the presentation until you're left with something that's nearly incoherent and intensely uncomfortable

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CLOSE CALLS

Daddy issues, drug addiction, a cannibalistic grandmother, boobs, and unhealthy eating habits power a psychosexual fever dream. Sound messy? It is! But over the course of two midnight viewings (it's pretty long for what it is), Close Calls coalesced, and its disjointed narrative mostly worked for me.

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US

Jordan Peele's cocktail blend of horror inspiration plays out similarly to, say, an extended episode of The Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, but instead of feeling unnecessarily stretched, it leverages the extra breathing room to construct a very creative multi-layered narrative

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TOP KNOT DETECTIVE

Top Knot Detective is two distinct things. A mockumentary about a fictional Japanese samurai show that took Australia by storm in the 90s, and also, a collage of vignettes taken from said fictional Japanese samurai show. The latter of which, works great. The former however, eh...not so much.

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BOOK OF MONSTERS

...a bloody-grinned monster party that's one part Goosebumps, one part Evil Dead (with bits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer sprinkled in for good measure)

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PURGATORY ROAD

Purgatory Road is a jaded, scathing commentary on religious piety, one framed in unflinching violence, angst, and the cyclic nature of abuse

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THE HOUSE

Thanks to its atmospheric strengths and technical competency, an eye-pleasingly creepy film to run through—over and over again.

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DEMON SEED (1977)

“…mostly I just found it to be a case of hilariously bad science fiction and creepy misogynistic fantasy.”

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