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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | ABCs of Horror: Part I

Since it’s Spooktober, I figured I’d do something special and offer up a horror movie recommendation for every letter of the alphabet. Some of them may be obvious, but some—I hope—are not. This isn’t a list of my all-time favorites (though some are on here); it’s simply a variety of films, all of which I …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: The Lighthouse (2019)

In this psychological thriller, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star as two lighthouse keepers who become stranded on their small island when a storm hits. As their relationship deepens into something abusive and toxic, their sanity wanes, and their true identities begin to come to light.  This is a gorgeous black and white film that …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: Pumpkinhead (1988)

I was into punk music before I was into horror movies, so when I realized that the Misfits song “Pumpkin Head” was inspired by a film, I had to see it. Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead was itself inspired by a poem by Ed Justin, whom the main character, Ed Harley, is likely named after. The movie …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

I love a schlocky exploitation film, and though the intrepid standalone Ninja III: The Domination is only just fine, it certainly delivers on the schlock and the exploitation of then-current trends in film: dance, horror, and… ninjas? Yep, the same decade that gave us Dirty Dancing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Flashdance, and Friday the …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989)

After waking up in the hospital with cotton balls stuffed into my ears and nose, groggy and wickedly sore on the left side of my head, the attending nurse relayed the story that I had apparently told her in my induced sedation after bursting through the emergency room doors at four in the morning with …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

We’ve seen so many kinds of vampires over the years: caped counts like Dracula, who turn their prey into one of them; vampires who need their victims to reciprocate in the blood sucking for any transformation to happen, like in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; vampires that don’t create other vampires, but instead are simply demonic, …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: Host (2020)

We had to expect that, sooner or later, a movie would be created during lockdown over Zoom, and it’s only fitting that during this nightmarish time in history, it’s a horror flick. Refreshingly though, rather than dwell on the virus itself, which would have been the obvious choice for director Rob Savage—and definitely the more …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: The House of the Devil (2009)

When I first watched this slow-burn horror flick, I was 100% sure it was from the 80’s: The hair, the cars, the Sony Walkman–simply the way the film looked. I had pressed play on a whim, with no prior research, and so after I had finished the movie, I was shocked to learn that it …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Disclaimer: harsh language, sexual themes Robert Hiltzik’s Sleepaway Camp has all the hallmarks of an 80’s slasher film: an insane mother, killer POV shots, shorts so small that they’re practically boxer briefs, make out sessions, and—of course—plenty of camp. But what sets this summer slasher apart is its unforgettable dialogue, hilarious overacting, creative kills, and—as …

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Jack’s Freaky Flick Pick | Movie Review: Midsommar (2019)

Ari Aster has done it again with another fantastic cult movie (like, a literal cult). Like Hereditary, this film is sopping wet with symbolism, foreshadowing, and sickening imagery that doesn’t always rely on gore… (but okay there’s still plenty of gore). Along with these two, film distributor A24 has released other horror gems such as …

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