9/10 … The director’s chair is divided between several directors, but most prominent is M. Night Shyamalan. He seems to be one of those directors that gets to take a lot of shit, and I have no idea why. He made several awesome movies like The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002), The Village (2004) and The Visit (2005) and here he strikes again, directing 3 episodes. Personally, I like his work and will continue to follow it….

6/10 … It kind of feels like it had that “The horror show of the year” talk before its release, and I really wanted to like it. But it landed in the “it was ok” piles. Victoria Pedretti is awesome as always, as the au pair. I just love her acting. Just her facial expressions reacting to various situations is amazing. Also Amelie Bea Smith as the little girl did a great job. But the show in itself, although it had some creepy atmosphere going on, it doesn’t really go anywhere for what feels like ages. A week after I watched it, I got a question what it was about, and I had already forgot. So no lasting impression. A one time watch for me!

10/10 … This is one of those perfect movies, you know the ones that you wouldn’t change a second, the ones that you put on to have in the background but after 2 minutes you sit there glowed to the screen.

The movie is an fantastic mix of action, adventure, comedy, drama and romance. The story is uniquely told in flashback as Jamal must reveal how he knew the Who wants to be a millionaire show’s answers. For instance, he knew who was on a U.S. hundred-dollar bill from when he was stealing from tourists and posing as a phony tour guide. The story of Jamal, his brother and Latika is so engaging that even the police chief questioning him wants to know what happens next in the story…..

5/10 … So seven university students travels to a summerhouse for some vacation. When they arrive in the small village we ofcourse get the generic wierd, dirty service store clerk, and I feel I’m already losing interest. But okey, lets continue, maybe we get some good effects and some nudity. But no, not even that. More or less just red colored water and apperent CGI sharks. So some nudity then? Not that either, just a quick side boob. A pretty good jump attack by a shark though.

5/10 … Nah, this is nothing more than ok for me, but we have to keep in mind that it was David Cronenberg’s first feature film. For me it kind of feels like this was the practise round before “Rabid”, which kind of have a similar concept (rabid people, instead of sex crazed people), and I prefer “Rabid” big time.

The Slugs I think is nothing to complain about in a low budget movie from 1975 (that I heard others complain about), I have seen much worse CGI creepy crawlies from the last couple of years in other movies. Some casual nudity, but nothing “in your face” if that’s something you don’t like.

7/10 … I love David Cronenberg, he has a cold touch to his movies without any tendencies to force comedy elements into them that I love. To me, he’s extremely underrated and should be mentioned in the same breath as John Carpenter, Tobe Hoper and Wes Craven, but never is. Could it be because it lack that comedy element that seems to attract a lot? Is it that he doesn’t care about happy endings or is it just as simple that he’s not American, but Canadian?

I like this movie a lot, although parts are kind of the same thing happening over and over again. Get bitten, bits the next person, but halfway through we get some more variation. I love Marilyn Chambers, I think she’s great in this role and ofcourse very pretty. I love that Mr. Cronenberg had the balls to hire her after she had made porno movies before this, a chance Hollywood didn’t get her.

6/10 … Now, here’s my dilemma. I hate to criticize these small companies that in my opinion does an amazing job making these obscure movies available. To me, it’s not just entertaining to see these old flicks, but important historical works so they don’t just fade away into obscurity and becomes an anecdote. But here’s my point, when it’s advertised as ”Brand New 4k Restoration from Original Elements”, you get certain expectations. When you then pop it into your Blu-ray player and it looks like a 5th generation VHS copy with something looking like the green northern lights across the screen throughout more or less the entire movie, then you kind of feel like you have been duped. I get that the source material can be shit, but maybe yiu should tell us about that?

5/10 … I love me a good Giallo, but I have to be honest, I usually lose interest half way through, and unfortunatly this is the case here as well. It’s beautifully shot during autumn in Venezia, Italy in those lovely 1970’s dark colours. It has those Argento-esque child choirs, some nudity, but more or less blood free.

Unfortunately it has one of my pet peeves in older horror movies, when a killer attack someone, the victim does nothing to fight back. Just presses themselves against the wall, screaming. I mean, a retarded penguin have more survival skills than these people. It’s also filled with nonsense, like strangling someone in a movie theater without anyone noticing. No kicking and screaming, just lets herself get strangled.

RE/Search No. 10: Incredibly Strange Films is a thick magazine or a book about American underground and other films. It was guest edited by Jim Morton, with associate editor Boyd Rice, in the RE/Search series edited by V. Vale and Andrea Juno, originally published in 1985 and expanded in 1986. I love these RE/Search magazines that came out in the 80’s. They often have that […]

RE/Search Publications is an American magazine and book publisher, based in San Francisco, founded by its editor V. Vale in 1980. In several issues, Andrea Juno was also credited as an editor. It was the successor to Vale’s earlier punk rock fanzine Search & Destroy (1977–1979), which was started with small donations, provided to Vale by Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. RE/Search has published tabloid-sized magazines and […]

John Saxon, my all-time favourite ”not leading role” actor passed away on July 25 in pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the age of 83. The news really struck me hard since he has been with me since I watched ”Nightmare on Elm Street” for the first time. He’s extremely charismatic and I don’t know why […]