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Nightbreed - The Director's Cut (1990) ***

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Even in the new director's cut, this film is a hodgepodge. The pacing is a mess, the acting is inconsistent, the tone is all over the place, the Elfman score feels out of place (and sounds a bit too much like most of his other scores), and the backstory never really feels fully fleshed out. That said, the makeup jobs are fun, there's some great imagery, and it's inventive. I need to re-read the book that it's based on, 'Cabal'.

Movie Matters Podcast: Movie Matters #27 - Halloween Special V

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For the fifth annual Movie Matters Halloween special, podcast founders and regular hosts Lee Howardand Michael Mackenzie cede control of the ghoulish proceedings to Demented Danman, a.k.a. Daniel Sardella.In keeping with tradition, the three partners-in-crime cast a leering eye over three ghastly horror treats: Robert Wise's 1963 chiller THE HAUNTING,Sean Byrne's 2009 EVIL DEAD-inspired horror-comedy THE LOVED ONES, and Richard Bates Jr.'s 2012 Cronenbergian body shocker EXCISION. In addition, they also discuss some of 2014's horror-themed highlights, both in cinemas and on Blu-ray.

The music in this episode is sampled from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, THE LOVED ONES by Kasey Chambers, HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER by John Ottman, EXCISION by Nina Nastasia, UNDER THE SKIN by Mica Levi, and HALLOWEEN II by The Chordettes.


Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie
Music/audio selection by Lee Howar…

The Dark Half (1993) ***1/2 [Romero Scream Factory Double Feature Pt. 2]

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Monkey Shines (1988) *** [Romero Scream Factory Double Feature Pt. 1]

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Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970) ***

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The Stepford Wives (1975) ****

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Primus 'Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble' (2014) ***1/2

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Dolls (1987) ***

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Focus On Film: Episode 22 – January 2015 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 22 is up!
Download the MP3 HERE.

In this episode: January 2015 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest/Worst Of The Month – THE LIMITS OF CONTROL(2009), ANNABELLE(2014), THE EXORCIST III (1990), GONE GIRL(2014)"Criterion Most Wanted"
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Chained (2012) ***

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Surveillance (2008) **

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The Blob (1988) ***1/2

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Christa Faust 'Choke Hold' (2011) ***

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Witness For The Prosecution (1957) ***

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Tulpa - Perdizioni Mortali (2012) ***

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Once Upon A Time In America - Extended Director's Cut (1984) ****1/2

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Duck, You Sucker - Restored Version (1971) ****

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The Exorcist III (1990) ****1/2

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The NeverEnding Story (1984) ****

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Mallrats - Extended Edition (1995) ***1/2

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Gone Girl (2014) ***1/2

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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) ***1/2 [Anniversary Edition Horror Double Feature Pt. 2]

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ****1/2 [Anniversary Edition Horror Double Feature Pt. 1]

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Excision (2012) ****

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A truly unique film that I enjoy more each time I see it.





StageFright (aka Aquarius aka Deliria) (1987) ***1/2

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The Loved Ones (2009) ***

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Krull (1983) ***1/2

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