Saturday, October 22, 2016
In 17th century England the children of a village slowly convert into a coven of devil worshipers.
Fairly successful period horror with a few interesting scenes, but marred by an overladen and confusing plot.
Halliwell (no star): "Moderately frightening, rather silly but at least original period horror comic."
Maltin**: "Richly atmospheric horror film with erotic undertones, somewhat gruesome at times."
Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "An effective, serious witchcraft thriller..."
After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.
Bitter satire of life in Australia's outback is very convincing and realistic, especially considering the 'tragic' ending; well-played and with some good cinematography.
Halliwell*: "A convincingly brutal picture of a community whose interests range from homosexuality to a bloody kangaroo hunt."
Maltin***: "Intriguing film...Unlikely to be endorsed by Australian tourist commission."
Friday, October 21, 2016
A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.
Another exorcism horror 'shocker' below par, at times risible and quite forgettable, the ending is quite abrupt without any thrills.
Maltin*1/2: "Steeped in Jewish mysticism, and featuring one of the very few on-screen exorcisms performed by a rabbi (Oldman), writer-director's low-voltage shocker is often inadvertently comical enough to qualify as camp. Even so, some viewers may be seriously offended by this supernatural drama's exploitation of the Holocaust as a plot device."
When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her.
Mediocre stalker thriller which manages to accumulate all the cliches you'd expect from the often-told plot.
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
Brilliant documentary and essay on the so-called 'war on drugs' that offers some quite amazing and shocking revelations about its true background.