Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates, 1973)

So much depends upon a deserted train station in Massachusetts. Men meet in greasy spoons (over coffee) and dim bars (over beer) and green parks and T stops and grocery store parking lots and talk endlessly, often in code, about … Continue reading

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Stay Hungry (Bob Rafelson, 1976)

Someday, future generations will take a gander at films like this and slap their knees in admiration. Sure, they’ll recognize a loose-fitting outfit, cut from an ideologically-suspect “disaffected rich gadabout finds self, calling, among unwashed masses” burlap, but they’ll surely … Continue reading

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Don’t Go in the House (Joseph Ellison, 1980)

The film’s first set-piece, so giallo in its excess, dares you to watch and look away at the same time; it plays havoc with your role as spectator. Unlike the rest of the film, which plays havoc with psychology, dumping … Continue reading

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The Burning (Tony Maylam, 1981)

Has there even been a slasher film that devotes as much time developing the characters of the future teenage victims of a horribly-mutilated ex-caretaker as delivering the splash and shock of the revelations of said victims’ dead bodies? Was there … Continue reading

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The Deadly Spawn (Douglas McKeown, 1983)

Say farewell to your mom and dad checking on the flooding in the basement, your well-meaning psychiatrist uncle, your elder brother’s girlfriend, the electrician. Forget your aunt’s exotic vegetarian luncheon with the ladies. Your brother can stop thinking he’ll ever … Continue reading

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