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I tend not to like slasher movies. It saddens me to see humans attacking humans, usually for no good reason. I see that enough in real life. I’d much rather see humans coming together to defeat a common foe, like a monster or a demon, or a ghost. Anything supernatural, really. That’s so much more… uplifting.

That said, I do like a few. Here they are.

  1. Scream
  2. Halloween
  3. Child's Play
  4. Scream 3
  5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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TBH, I kinda skimmed through this one, just to see if I’d like to buy the Blu-ray, and boy howdy do I. Everything before the intermission is just lovely, and makes me excited to see the islands that my grandparents saw when they visited. After the break is New Zealand and Australia, with a lot more drab browns. I’m sure I’ll find that interesting too (one particular shot seems to have dozens of kangaroos hopping all at once), but Hawaii is the real draw.

As grateful as I am that this exists at all, I’m a little confused by the choice to mix a 7.1 original mix down to a new 5.1 mix. Blu-rays can handle 7.1, so I wonder what the reason was. Maybe the separation was different from modern 7.1? I’m grateful that the original scanned 9K image (3 x 3K) was archived with the LoC. Perhaps someday we’ll see a 4K restoration.

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I’d never seen a Quatermass before! Surprised to see that even though this was on VHS from the ’80s, the entire film was letterboxed to the 35mm frame. Charming and fun in much the way that the ’53 War of the Worlds was. Also, I’m now pretty sure that Quatermass’ tweed, bow tie, and hat look here must have been a solid inspiration for Henry Jones’ wardrobe in Last Crusade.

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That was some quality Strode spookums. Better for me than the original, in terms of real scares and suspense, and provides a nice endcap. I’ve never seen any Halloween besides the original, and I still feel no need to visit any of the other 27 sequels.

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Atmospheric, haunting, good spookums, but ultimately overstays its welcome ever</> so slightly.

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More contemplative that I was expecting, at least until the SUDDEN BIG ACTION SPECTACULAR. I think I had it in my head as some sort of “eyes of a murderer” thing, and was pleasantly surprised for it to be a lot less schlocky than I expected.

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I feel like there was something going on here, but I didn’t enjoy it. A parable of a woman’s experience in a male dominated world? I can see that. But maybe it was just so depressing that it washed over me. It wasn’t a cathartic horror where the good guys win and the bad guys lose. It was all too real and messy and unsatisfying.

Keanu Reeves was doing his best Tony Clifton, tho, so that was interesting.

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