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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Steve Miner‘s contribution to this tired franchise is a stylish, well-paced film, combining a high production value with slick direction and a solid script. Enlisting Bob and Harvey Weinstein (and Kevin Williamson) as producers paid its dividends. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has faked her own death and is now living under an assumed name at…

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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Joe Chapelle‘s film piles schlock upon schlock upon schlock, delivering a deliciously preposterous tale that contains the right amount of tongue-in-cheek to counter the awkward, bland seriousness of its predecessors. Jamie Lloyd (J C Brandy), Michael Meyers’s (George P Wilbur) niece, was abducted by a ‘Man in Black’. While still in captivity, she gives birth…

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Halloween II (1981)

Rick Rosenthal‘s Halloween II picks up immediately where its predecessor left off and follows Michael Myers’s second killing spree during the night of October 31, 1978. Dr Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) storms in on Michael Myers (Tony Moran) as he is about to kill Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis). He shoots him several times but when he…

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Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s slasher unarguably earns its pride of place as one of the most important horror films ever made, despite the fact that countless imitations and spin-offs may have somewhat diminished its scare factor. Michael Myers (Tony Moran) was committed to a mental institution following the grisly murder of his elder sister when he was just…

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American Horror Story S04E02: Massacres and Matinees

Police officers investigating the surge of crime in the area, as well as the disappearance of their colleague, inform Elsa (Jessica Lange) that a curfew is now in place. For the show, this means financial ruin. Nonetheless, she employs strongman Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), Jimmy’s (Evan Peters) father, and husband to three-breasted hermaphrodite Desiree (Angela Bassett). She…

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Blue Ruin (2013)

Jeremy Saulnier‘s Blue Ruin is a revenge film that plays into the established tropes of the genre only to subvert them with chilling consequences. Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) lives in and out of his car with sporadic illicit visits to other people’s homes in order to take a bath. He is a veritable bum, scavenging for…