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House of the Devil

Remember this name: Jocelin Donahue. She gives a fantastic performance in this subtle and masterfully executed retro horror film. I wound up really liking this movie. It's definitely not for everyone and it's certainly not a feel good movie by any stretch, but the way the parts leading up the mayhem unfold could almost be described as beautiful. It wasn't just 80s redux, it was a significant improvement on that formula.

As an example, the scene where Jocelin’s Samantha is bopping around to the Fix's "One Thing Leads To Another" but then the music abruptly stops (for the audience) when she opens the door to that dark basement is really nicely done.


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Trick 'r Treat

Produced by Bryan "The Usual Suspects" Singer, this is a series of vignettes. None of them are bad, but the last one, about a crazy old man who gets a spooky visit from a "kid" with stuffed satchel bag for a head and button eyes is one of the best horror episodics I've seen since Creepshow's "The Crate" or Twilight Zone's "The Living Doll".

The last one is worth the price of admission alone. Trust.

As an added bonus, Rochelle Aytes is looking real good in this.


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