I’ll say this for 2021: it’s a lot easier to access new releases, so week one of Hooptober is especially heavy on new films. And it works out pretty well: we have one bonafide WTF homage to giallo in James Wan’s Malignant that I adored, a Lucio Fulci pictures I can finally say I outright liked in The Black Cat, and with Kandisha it’s another successful left turn from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, most known for their French New Wave of Horror classic Inside. On the other side of the coin I’m sorry to say that Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead, long considered a cult horror classic left a lot to be desired, and the action/horror hybrid of Blood Red Sky was extremely compentent in that it was a film, but pretty forgettable except for how much better it could have been.
I’m already two films deep into week 2, and there’s a lot to talk about so let’s jump into those quick summaries and see if anything grabs you and drags you under the bed. This year you can read the full reviews over on Cinema Dual, the site I share with my buddy Jon…In the meantime, smoke ’em if you got ’em…Continue reading