Monthly Archives: May 2011

Smiley Face (Gregg Araki, 2007)

Rather than a capitalist economy driven by the dream-engine of aspiration, wherein what is promised is that work (whether one is an un-unionized sausage factory worker or a university economics professor who relies on the contingent labor of a graduate … Continue reading

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Alucarda (Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas) (Juan López Moctezuma, 1978)

Considering the shrieking and bug-eyed gurning that the titular Tina Romero does in this film, one would be forgiven if one thought she was actually possessed by Beelzebub or trying desperately hard to convince someone off-screen that they made a … Continue reading

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Never Let Go (John Guillermin, 1960)

Obsessive desire is written on the faces of all the characters in this unpretentious British film. The teddyboy’s (Adam Faith) pugilist-ugly mouth worries itself into squishy confusion at not being quite smart enough to take the bird (Carol White), with … Continue reading

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Sledgehammer (David A. Prior, 1983)

This film deserves to be seen as the ne plus ultra of slasher films not only because of its content (one-note teenager-manqués obsessed with sexing and partying, single-setting remote location whose locale is described via tedious explication, flimsy origin story, … Continue reading

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror (James Nguyen, 2008)

The terror in the title is not avian in nature; it’s a terror that’s telegraphed by the seemingly-interminable opening, where we take the point of view of a passenger inside a traveling vehicle. It’s the gradual terror of realizing you’re … Continue reading

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