Halloween (1978 USA)

He’s gone! The evil has gone!” Bug eyed Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) screams. This hilarious line stands out from such a bare bones of a screenplay. John Carpenter’s direction makes a lot out of such simple elements as: shadows, dark streets, creaking doors, that it makes even the everyday setting of a small town neighborhood claustrophobically terrifying. Of course, back when this was made there were no smart phones or CCTV to combat predatory homicidal stalkers. Although it wasn’t the first of its kind, Halloween certainly was the game-changer for almost every other slasher flick that followed this low-budget indie horror. But they only ended up imitating the formula that this sick ‘classic’ originated. [Read more…]

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The Night Strangler (1973 USA)

nightstranglercsGet this straight, dear reader. No carnival or hooplah tactics will be tolerated in this review. This isn’t Funtown USA. I have standards here at highteadreams. I will mind my Ps and Qs with this post, Mr Crossbinder. I will hue precisely to the mark. Or I will be banished to Puyallup to live out the rest of my days as a daffodil. Failure to live up to this may result in yours truly going schizoid. He will be wearing robes and a crown soon! Fans of this Kolchak classic will recognize some of the preceding phrases as dialogue from The Night Strangler. [Read more…]

Dirty Harry (1971 United States)

dirty_harry_contact-0-1080-0-0(This review is dedicated to the man over at https://millenniumdecay.wordpress.com/)  Firstly, what a penetrating musical score by Lalo Schifrin! One of the many great components of this classic movie. This is not fascism, more like realism. Throughout the 1960s violent crime had been spiralling out of control in America and the West, so by 1971 someone had to come up with an accurate portrayal of what the police have to deal with. Dirty Harry was the first film to deal with how supportive the law can be of criminals. [Read more…]

The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

5182hLUkNRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Susie passes on to another dimension, a world between Earth and Heaven. Until Susie can accept that she has died and that life will continue without her, she cannot pass on to Heaven. What unfolds is a story of love and grief, of mourning and anger. We see how her unsolved murder slowly rips her family apart, yet also forms bonds strong enough to last a life-time and how love can be stronger than death itself. [Read more…]

PSYCHO 2 (United States 1983)

Psycho-2--DVD-MenuA sequel to “Psycho” was a pretty daring prospect, since Hitchcock’s original is held in such high regard. The filmmakers wisely avoided getting pretentious about the subject matter. Don’t forget, Hitchcock himself regarded “Psycho” as a black comedy, and “Psycho II” maintains a more obvious sense of humor than the original. [Read more…]

THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (1970 UK)

peter cushing house that dripped 2 Tracking down a missing film star, an inspector finds that the last reported sighting was in a large mansion in the countryside. During the course of looking through the house, he is told four different stories about past residents of the house. [Read more…]

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