The List: March 2019 Catchup

The Highlights

Tetsuo, The Iron Man (1989, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Japan) 

A fever dream of body horror. Really captures an anxiety about your body betraying you and being invaded.

Thirst (1979, Rod Hardy, Australia)

A paranoid drama about a cult trying to make a woman a vampire through forced medical procedures and psychological conditioning. Plays on a fear of medical institutions, which makes for an interesting look back to 40 years ago.

The Eclipse (2009, Conor McPherson, Ireland)

Beautiful and muted drama about two haunted people starting a friendship. It separates the scares and the horror to really pull some emotional punches.

Macabre (2009, Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto, Singapore)

Real juicy splatterfest with a magnetic matriarch of a cannibal murder house. The directors have since become masters of action directing, and their ability to manipulate the tension of a scene shines here.

Us (2019, Jordan Peele, USA)

Peele makes a loving homage to past horror movies while he continues to pull the genre forward. Pivots hard a couple times, touching on a lot of genres, but has a strong core analogy and some impeccable horror sequences.

The Sixth Sense (1999, M. Night Shyamalan, USA)

This was my first time watching it since its release, and wow. This delivers in every capacity.

The Rest

  • When a Stranger Calls (1979, Fred Walton, USA)
  • Fascination (1979, Jean Rollin, France)
  • Zombie (1979, Lucio Fulci, Italy)
  • Phobia 2 (2009; Banjong Pisanthanakun, Visute Poolvoralaks, Paween Purikitpanya, Songyos Sugmakanan, Parkpoom Wongpoom; Thailand)
  • The Unborn (2009, David S. Goyer, USA)
  • The Descent: Part 2 (2009, Jon Harris, UK)
  • Son of Frankenstein (1939, Rowland V. Lee, USA)
  • The Terror Within (1989, Thierry Notz, USA)
  • Grave Robbers (1989, Rubén Galindo Jr., Mexico)
  • Halloween 2 (2009, Rob Zombie, USA)
  • Vacations Of Terror 2 (1989, Pedro Galindo III, Mexico)
  • Hell’s Trap (1989, Pedro Galindo III, Mexico)

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