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The Changeling (1980) is one of the greatest Horror movies and captures everything I love about the genre.A musician moves into a creepy mansion after the tragic deaths of his wife and child. An excellent haunted house film which I am surprised isn't regarded as being amongst the great horror classics. Maybe it's just recency bias on my end. Or perhaps it's just my love for George C. Scott. The Changeling captures everything I love about the genre. Horror and its exploration of grief and loss. Horror as a probing of childhood and intergenerational trauma. Horror as an inspection of the atrocities that our institutions are built upon. Horror and its capacity to convey the point of view of victims and the oppressed. Horror as a medium which can capture the brutalities that humans are willing to commit for wealth and power. Horror and its examination of both psychological and physical terror. Horror and its unmatched ability to tell stories about locations, and how unresolved issues can linger within them. Thank God for Horror. (That whole spiel about "why doesn't he just leave the house" does not work here and in so many other movies. How would you escape your own mind?) Follow my Letterboxd if you wanna keep up with everything I watch. It’s aliasad. Or just click on the following link to go to the review and my profile. I’d appreciate it. https://letterboxd.com/aliasad/film/the-changeling/
A ★★★★ review of The Exorcist III (1990)I don't usually start a review off by mentioning performances. But in this case I must. So much of what works in this movie, works because of its two leads. George C. Scott and Brad Dourif are two of the most volatile, compelling and skilled performers. In this film, we see them at the peak of their powers. George C. Scott is known for his outbursts and this film possibly contains his greatest ones. Brad Dourif also really cranks it up as the psychotic serial killer. Overall, this is a masterful example of how to craft a horror movie. Most
A ★★★★★ review of Dawn of the Dead (1978)One of those great works of art that manages to be deeply profound and highly entertaining at the same time. Using zombies to convey the idea of dehumanization of the enemy and its effects, has been done many times since this movie, but has never been done this well. Think of the parallels between the xenophobic police officer murdering minorities in the apartment at the start of the film and Roger getting extremely comfortable and cocky when dealing with zombies later on. Furthermore, the film’s status as a clever commentary on consumerist culture (yes that was a deliberate alliteration) has been
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of counselors follow -- including child psychologist major Ginny. But Jason has been hiding out all this time, and now he's ready for revenge.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned the town not to celebrate Valentine's Day again. When a group of teenagers decides to defy that order, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.
Just Before Dawn (1981)In the Oregon mountains, a pair of hunters encounter a machete-wielding killer in an abandoned church. Meanwhile, five campers arrive to examine some property one of them has inherited but are warned by the forest ranger not to venture forth. Soon after they set up camp, they begin hearing strange noises, encounter a mysterious singing girl and start disappearing one by one.
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts due to a freak accident one year earlier. We soon learn the truth behind her accident and what is going on...
Halloween II (1981)After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim.
Graduation Day (1981)After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin.