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September 29, 2005

Maniac (1980)

IMDB: Maniac (1980)

Joe Spinell (ROCKY, THE GODFATHER) pretty much holds this one together. While there are a couple pretty neat gore effects, I found the extras including the Spinell story and interviews to be more entertaining than the movie.

Rating: 5

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Men in Black II (2002)

IMDB: Men in Black II (2002)

Not nearly as fun as the original, only a Pug lover like myself would probably want to watch this one again.

Rating: 5

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MPD-Psycho (2000)

IMDB: MPD-Psycho (2000)

Another Miike production -- this time, a mini-series, the two parts shown in this DVD "Drifting Petals/Memories of Sin" and "How to Create a World" are nowhere near as 'wild' as most of Miike's fare (much of which you can find reviewed on this site) but do have an interesting suspense/horror/thriller theme.

The trivia core comes with Miike's purposefully censoring scenes of raw brain matter with pixelation to avoid the TV censors doing even worse (the victims have the top half of their skulls removed while still alive, and have a flower blooming from the top)

Rating: 6

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Deathtrap (1982)

IMDB: Deathtrap (1982)

Sidney Lumet's play within a play, although far from the best of Lumet's work, shows an always engaging Michael Cain, and some raw talent of the young Christopher Reeve, perhaps trying to show he was more than a pretty typecast superhero.

Rating: 6

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September 11, 2005

Daughter of Darkness (1993)

IMDB: Daughter of Darkness (1993)

Simply a mess -- this film doesn't know if it's a black comedy, thriller, horror picture, or what.

The only decent footage is of the daughter's scenes of vengeance.

Rating: 4

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Deathwatch (2002)

IMDB: Deathwatch (2002)

From IMDB, "In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone...and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down."

While on the one hand a horror film, Deathwatch is more a presentation of the the overwhelming stresses placed upon the soldiers, and how fragile their good judgement becomes.

In fact, you could probably take the supernatural aspect totally out of the picture, and it would make a pretty good tale of tragedy and suffering.

Rating: 6

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