Monthly Archives: November 2010

They Live (John Carpenter, 1988)

There’s a telling moment in this film when its nonponymous protagonist (Roddy! Piper!) glances through purloined sunglasses at a television on which a ghoulitician mouths empty Reagan-era doublespeak, and sighs, “figures it’d be something like this.” Very soon after this … Continue reading

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Best Worst Movie (Michael Stephenson, 2009)

Considering its object of study is both (a) an utter mess, the result of a largely Italian crew meeting ugly with a cast of aspiring performers in the bleak mountains of Utah, and (b) a steaming pile of disaster, with … Continue reading

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The Last Slumber Party (Stephen Tyler, 1988)

Like its dead-eyed “teenage” actors, who all appear to have been gnawing on valium and sipping on Jack Daniels before being asked to react to the unthreatening sight of a bug-eyed lobotomized “maniac” wearing sweaty hospital scrubs and menacinglessly showing … Continue reading

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Pieces (Juan Piquer Simón, 1982)

The unseen killer in this Spanish-lensed attempt to ride the over-the-top stylistic coattails of giallo and exploit the teen-dollar market of slasher (with results that are neither homage nor piss-take) wears black gloves to better wield a chainsaw and brandish … Continue reading

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