Category Archives: Robin’s Underrated Gems

Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Venom (1981)

Checkered production histories occasionally yield far more engrossing narratives than the films that surround them, Such is the case with 1981’s Venom which was originally a Tobe Hooper picture until “creative differences” splintered his directorial participation. Likewise, the on-set friction … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

From the time-travel aspect to a soldier with a dinosaur exhibit who venerates Godzilla as almost a pagan god who saved him on the battlefield, Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah is one of the more loopy and exuberant of the Toho … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

In a scarcity for me, I had only seen the 2010 remake before indulging in this 70’s slice of misogynistic, rape-revenge depravity. The remake definitely constructed byzantine contraptions to castrate and otherwise disembowel the chauvinistic molesters behind the heinous crime. … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Rawhead Rex (1987)

Though the adaptations are less frequent, Clive Barker’s book-to-screen translations have been much more consistently spectacular. Movies such as Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions, Candyman, Midnight Meat Train and of course, Hellraiser all range from ghoulishly copacetic to magnificently depraved. Rawhead … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

Imitation is the highest form of flattery but a franchise shouldn’t pilfer the coffers of its previous antecedents. The execrable Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III prefaces itself with a text crawl that is dispiriting for two cardinal reasons- the … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – The Vineyard (1989)

Lo Pan himself, James Hong, wrote (alongside Douglas Kondo) and directed this midnight movie about an archipelago in which the formula for eternal youth has been perfected and extracted from young, concupiscent subjects. For all intensive purposes, The Vineyard is … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Slugs (1988)

How is this for an advertising proclamation- “From the director of Pieces- it’s exact what you think it is”. Whereas Pieces was a disturbingly loitering slasher movie despite the missteps (for instance, the karate instructor interlude is completely capricious without … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Godzilla 1984 (1984)

Editor’s Note- The version reviewed here is the “uncut, uncensored” version of the film. If the operatic, saturnine orchestral score from Reijiro Koroku is any indication, Godzilla 1984 was intended to be a return to the Godzilla of 1954- brooding, … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

What was almost a synergy between Ivan Reitman and Chevy Chase ultimately became a John Carpenter spy thriller. Which is probably for the best since Chase at this lull in his career was adamant about abdicating comedies for more serious … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – The Brain (1988)

Canuckspoilation this is not. It must be a godsend to be an independent filmmaker in Canadian during the 70’s and 80’s considering the lucrative tax incentives that the crew would receive for production there. Films like The Brain were financed … Continue reading

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