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Review: Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

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Directed by Alfred Sole, Alice, Sweet Alice (originally titled Communion, also known as Holy Terror) explores the horror lurking behind the Catholic church in a small New Jersey community.

Little Alice Spages (Paula Sheppard) is jealous of her younger sister Karen (a very young Brooke Shields). Karen gets the pretty dress, Karen gets the pretty cross necklace, and Mom definitely prefers Karen the best. So, it's only natural that when the precocious sibling is brutally murdered before her first communion, suspicion falls on Alice.

Of course, we horror fans know better. The first suspect is the worst suspect. Or is it?
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Review: The Hunger (1983)

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It was 1983 and the age of MTV. If video had really killed the radio star, he was resurrected on film as one of the most stylish vampires since Bela Blasko changed his name and donned a cape. Casting David Bowie as centuries old vampire John Blaylock was the hook to lure the MTV audience but the real stars of director Tony Scott’s (Ridley’s younger brother) modern day “Symphony of Horror,” are Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon as predator and prey. Deneuve as Blaylock’s vampire bride Miriam, and Sarandon as Dr. Sarah Roberts heat up the screen with so much sexual and emotional tension, that the eventual release is hot enough to melt a TV screen. However don’t be fooled. The Hunger is much more than just a retread of the Hammer vampire lesbian story.(read more...)

Review: Leprechaun (1993)

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While my 25+ year horror genre viewing experiences unfortunately disallow me from claiming that Leprechaun is the stupidest film ever made, all else being equal, it should warrant that designation with, ahem, flying colors.

On the one hand, maybe writer/director Mark Jones intended for Leprechaun to be camp. However, intentional camp isn't the easiest mode to achieve, and it definitely isn't achieved here. Rather, Leprechaun comes across as a wannabe fright-fest that is just incredibly bad-acted and scripted even worse.(read more...)

Review: Messiah of Evil (1973)

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Some awful films become popular and successful, despite obvious technical and artistic flaws. Some great films suffer in obscurity undeservedly. Messiah of Evil (1973) is a case of the latter. Directed and written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (screenwriters for American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), Messiah is a thoughtful, introspective, and very original entry into low-budget seventies horror. Available on a small number of budget labels (Diamond Entertainment has it available on DVD), it is a film undeserved of the meagerness of its reputation.(read more...)

Review: The Vanishing (1988)

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Around mid-2001, a French thriller was released in the States called With a Friend Like Harry. It was a chilling, blackly comic piece that some critics were calling neo-Hitchcock - which is, of course, absurd. Hitchcock was Hitchcock. Speaking both logically and artistically, nobody else could do what he did. Some have come close, however.(read more...)

Review: The Hitcher (1986)

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The sky is dark hours before dawn over a lonely stretch of highway outside El Paso, Texas. Thunder rolls across the desert expanse and a match is struck. Jim Halsey takes a drag from a cigarette and drinks coffee from a thermos as he drives alone. Voices from the car radio give the slaughter cow report.(read more...)

Review: Lake Placid (1999)

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A superb blend of traditional monster movie excitement and irreverent sarcasm and humor in general, Lake Placid both thrills and titillates.

The point of the movie is simple -- it's a crocodile film. What Jaws did for New England beach towns and sharks, Lake Placid does for quaint Maine forests and, well, crocodiles -- not exactly the kind of beast you might expect in that setting. But unlike Jaws, which is a fine movie in its own right, Lake Placid is a twisted black comedy that usually cares more to uphold its comedy status than its aspirations as a monster movie.(read more...)

Review: It Lives Again (1978)

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So maybe the premise -- mutant babies with super-intelligence, super-strength, claws, sharp teeth and a penchant for overreaction -- is kind of silly and maybe the babies look like rubber blobs with a few pointy barbs the few times they are shown, but It Lives Again is actually a very good movie.(read more...)

Review: Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

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Heaven help anyone who makes the mistake of taking Hell of the Living Dead seriously. Bruno Mattei's 1981 anti-classic is arguably the worst film to come out of the Zombie films that flooded out of Italy in the wake of Dawn of the Dead. A cult item in its native land, it was released in America as Night of the Zombies, and has garnered an equal status among low-budget horror fans.(read more...)

Review: I Bury the Living (1958)

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Well, the video cover art on the copy I purchased was certainly misleading, but I Bury the Living is a pretty good film -- kind of a cross between a "Twilight Zone" episode (while preceding that show by a year) and a mystery with hints of supernatural horror elements thrown in for good measure.(read more...)