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Berberian Sound Studio
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Berberian Sound Studio is a love song to classic 70s horror, particularly the Italian variety that still holds cult interest today.
The story revolves around a mild-mannered foley artist making sound effects for the post-dub of an Italian horror film and it cleverly weaves this unseen (aside from a spot-on pastiche of a vintage title sequence) film into the narrative.
For vintage equipment geeks, open minded horror fans and lovers of strikingly original cinema, Berberian Sound Studio should make it into your top ten this year, a complete future classic.
Men Behaving Badly: The Complete Collection (8 Discs)
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Much as I loathe admitting it, the 90s is now coated in a thick layer of nostalgia. From the classic Brit-pop bands touring their peak albums and hoovering up the cash from youth reliving parents to the first shoots of a fashion revival that might just knock the 80s fetish off its perch, the decade is coming back in a big, as retro fads tend to do once 20 years has passed.
Men Behaving Badly is one of the comedy shows that helped to define the decade (alongside The Fast Show and Vic Reeves) and made a pretty good stick of cataloging the foibles of 90s Loaded man, all beer, pizza, poor domestic skills and a sexist cluelessness when it came to the opposite sex.
I still smile when I think of Martin Clunes weeping when his old settee has to go and the rave episode is a classic. This may have dated but only in so far as it's a time capsule. The jokes don't suffer and the characters are still just as funny.
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Personally, I think this does for Matthew McConaughey what Pulp Fiction did for Travolta. Remember when Travolta was lost in Look Who's Talking Hell? Well Matthew McConaughey's been sleepwalking through Romcoms for years. He was great in Dazed and Confused... Remember that?
Well, in Killer Joe he plays a great character, a twisted contract killer with own weird sense of moral purpose. Hired by a couple of dim rednecks to off a family member for the insurance pay out, he waives his usual payment upfront rule and agrees a deal with the drug dealer who hires him. He'll take the dealers trailer park ingenue sister as a retainer instead until the cash comes through.
In a cinematic landscape of bland, safe big screen entertainment, this is the kind of underbelly darkness that really bites. Blackly comic, expertly played and building to a shocking climax, Killer Joe is a must see movie.
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A nice twist on the found footage ghost story here. A troubled family with secrets to hide - is the dad to be trusted? Why does his daughter hate him? - and a team of paranormal investigators that at first appear to be pulling a similar trick to Micheal J Fox in The Frighteners, by which I mean faking it. As everything gets more and more crazy, the malevolent spirit that's controlling the daughter in the piece gets more and more violent and evil, reaching a nicely creepy and chaotic crescendo of horror. Good quality scares that takes the Paranormal Activity format to newish places with a twist of black humour.
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The Pact is an efficient chiller for lovers of more ghostly, jumpy horror movies - with an added dose of serial killing thrown in to freshen the mix.
As a young woman attempts to find out who killed her cousin and sister following her mother's funeral, terrible secrets unlock themselves within the family home. The psychic she brings in can feel the bad vibes and the local police have suspicions that she's the culprit but then, the police never believe in ghosts until it's too late in a good horror yarn.
Lots of good scares in a movie where you actually care about the central character, whose going through hell and just wants a few answers.
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Taiwan joins the Zombie Horror gravy train with this spirited gonzo take on the genre that mixes the gross and sleazy aspects of Hong Kong Cat III movies with a Return of The Living Dead/Wild Zero style take on the undead genre.
Sight gags, dorm room humour and softcore trashiness combine with effective gore and an everything but the kitchen sink attitude to genre cliches to create an entertaining if occasionally nauseous slice of brain eating mayhem.
The Aggression Scale
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The Home Invasion movie is a grindhouse staple. Cheap, effective and quick to turn around. All you needed was a house, a small crew and a game cast willing to throw caution to the wind and break a few taboos. Of course, big budget movies like Panic Room also use the genre to great effect but Aggression Scale does it for pennies and never breaks a sweat as it pitches a psychotic kid with nothing to loose (think Home Alone only the parental figures have been murdered by a criminal gang) against a group of arrogant thugs who aren't expecting trouble.
The end result is an effective thriller that brings to mind the classic nasty B pictures of the 70s. Drive-in thrills for the home cinema basically.
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The Night Porter
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The Night Porter's claustrophobic take on obsessive and dangerous sexuality, set against a background of concentration camps and the decadence of the Third Reich will always trouble some viewers, but this is an intelligent and fascinating movie for open minded viewers with an interest in just how free cinema was in the 1970s.
This movie might have inspired a glut of Nazi Exploitation movies with no artistic worth but it shouldn't be tarred with the same brush and the central performances from Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling are intense and compelling.
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