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Killtoberfest 1 – #20: Citizen X

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Today’s Killtoberfest entry, Citizen X, is about the terrible distance between these two images: It’s a serial killer procedural made for HBO in 1995. The cast is excellent–Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, and Jeffrey DeMunn as the killer (not a spoiler). The film …

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Killtoberfest 1- #19: Island of Lost Souls

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Today in Killtoberfest, the second of six movies based on H.G. Wells’ novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. This 1932 film may at this late date be more curio than entertainment. But what a curio! Bela Lugosi in a bit part–The Panther Woman–“What is the …

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Killtoberfest 1 – #18: Lake Mungo

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  The experience of the next Killtoberfest movie, Lake Mungo, is the experience of looking at a photograph like this. Grainy, blown-up, hard to tell what’s there–is that blur a person? Is that shape a face? Or does the mind see only what it wants …

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Killtoberfest 1 – #17: Scream 2

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Spoilers for Scream, obviously. Now, I liked Scream 2, the next Killtoberfest movie, when I was watching it. “Good, but not as good as the original” was my basic reaction. This is probably because it takes the “more of the same” approach to sequels, with very little …

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Killtoberfest 1 – #16: Deep End

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So, Deep End. This is a weird film, genre-wise–it’s not even remotely a horror film, except for one moment, but it FEELS like one. Peter Straub once said that The Red Badge of Courage was “a ghost story in which the ghost never appears,” and …