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Wet Asphalt Review


Weak
Calling this a "lost noir" is an uncommon stretch -- kind of like calling Blade II a "new classic" on TNT.

The store is a bit tricky -- and not helped being dubbed from German -- so try to follow along. The story involves a disgraced journalist (Horst Buchholz), back on the job after a stint in jail, Horst's paper is suddenly lacking a story. So his new boss simply makes one up, a ridiculous tale about Germans living under Poland in the six years since WW II has been over, and a blind one who has survived the ordeal.

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The Tombs of the Blind Dead Review


Good
Spanish horror cinema was never able to break out of the European schlock ghetto like Italian genre cinema was. Few American cinephiles that recognize Dario Argento (Suspiria) know the name Amando De Ossorio. Unfortunately most of those who do inhabit a twilight realm, hovering somewhere between grindhouse horrors and the nether reaches of the mainstream. De Ossorio wasn't a consummate craftsman but he was a visionary. His films tend to be weak on plotting (a charge leveled at Argento frequently) but extremely atmospheric and horrifying.

It is because De Ossorio lets this series of four films linger on his marvelously designed "zombies" - the eponymous blind dead - that the films have achieved such vaulted cult status. Unlike traditional zombies, the blind dead are wholly un-human. They have aspects of both vampire and ghoul and roam about the nightmarish Spanish countryside on skeletal steeds (true night-mares). Ah, but these guys are blind, right? As the ads touted: "Don't let them hear your heart beating!" These are indeed, Goyaesque hallucinogenic visions come to life.

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Exorcismo Review


Terrible
I'd love to report that Italian horror film Exorcismo is another Exorcist. Alas, it's barely another Exorcist II, as a young gal accidentally (ahem) participates in a Satanic ceremony and becomes possessed along the way. Whoops. Then she tries to hump the priest who comes to exorcise the demons. Oh Jesus...

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