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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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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – The Mangler (1995)

Ted Levine needs a salt scrub and herbal skin treatment after seeing his pasty, perspiring complexion here. From the speed-ramping scene of him nearly colliding into a moving van to his ingestion of antacids (and booze), Officer Hunton (Levine) is … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Payday (1973)

Back in July of this year (2019), the entertainment industry mourned the loss of Rip Torn. A cousin to Sissy Spacek, Torn wasn’t a victim of nepotism. He earned his stripes through acclaimed supporting roles in The Man Who Fell … Continue reading

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The Reviewinator: Rambo – Last Blood (2019)

“In a way, it was funny, a seventy-two-year-old man setting the pace, running them all into the ground.” This quote from David Morrell’s original novel First Blood, though referring to a different character, has become strangely prophetic and frighteningly accurate when … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Loose Cannons (1990)

The dreaded, infamous 0% on Rotten Tomatoes is a label to be both reviled for and applauded for. It’s as rare as white peacocks or purple carrots. However, the quantity of the viewers should also be titrated when evaluating whether … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Schlock (1973)

It’s common wisdom that comedy writer-directors should never moonlight as the main performer in their movies. Mel Brooks could be inconsistent and Seth MacFarlane is mostly inept. However, with the application of Rick Baker’s hirsute makeup, John Landis transmogrifies himself … Continue reading

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