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Halloween Movie Review #20: Near Dark

Near Dark is a monster movie that doesn’t really want to be a monster movie. You won’t see any pointy teeth and you’ll never hear the word “vampire” uttered. Yet cowboy Caleb, played by Adrian Pasdar, has unmistakably fallen victim to a ragtag gang of Creatures of the Night of a kind you’ll find familiar […]

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Halloween Movie Review #19: Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps is a sophisticated, intelligent, and messy horror movie. Somewhat thematically reminiscent of Carrie (though as more of a whiff than a parallel), it tells the uncomfortable story of two outcast sisters dealing with the typical challenges of adolescence: bullies, peer pressure, drugs, menstruation, unhelpful parents, and werewolf bites. You know, the usual stuff. It’s […]

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Halloween Movie Review #18: The Orphanage

I suspect an “orphan” in the modern era has a much easier pill to swallow than in less enlightened times – or other countries. If you’ve grown up in an orphanage, I trust you formed special bonds with your cohorts and shared experiences that probably drive some of your choices and friendships through adulthood. So it doesn’t seem so […]