Tuesday, September 27, 2005

More Recent Movies

I did indeed have the evening of Eurogenre yumminess:

Mario Bava's Danger: Diabolik is a wonderful, charming bit of goofiness. John Phillip Law was dead-on in his portrayal the comic book superthief and Bava's imagery was in top form. Fun stuff.

Dario Argento's Trauma is not that director at his peak. It's definitely got some nice imagery and he seems genuine in his desire to explore the deeper ideas hidden within it. It's just too bad it didn't have a stronger script to work from there. It's neither as bad as it's bigger detractors claim it to be nor as good as it ought to have been.

Aside from that...

Dead and Buried is a very interesting little bit of early '80s horror that's been largely forgotten. I can't say I've seen anything quite like it. I'm quite glad I gave it a chance.

Skipped Parts was an interesting failure. The story was quite interesting. A good, quirky movie with some humor and weight could have been made from the subject matter, but Tamra Davis is stuck directing in a flat comedy style that doesn't serve well once the characters are supposed to have some weight.

The "Dream Sentinel" episode of The Hunger TV series (featured on the Complete Second Season collection) was an interesting attempt to be something that never quite adds up to much. Based on "The Sixth Sentinel" by Poppy Z. Brite (featured in the Wormwood collection), it's a story of a stripper haunted by an incident in her past and, well, a ghost. Eric Roberts does a fine job as the ghost, but the rest is bogged down in overstylized direction and just never comes together.

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