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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

Thoughts on TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

By now TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, the Showtime shepherded follow-up to 1990-91’s TWIN PEAKS, has been analyzed from every conceivable standpoint

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MAD MAX

It’s been said that George Miller was so impressed with this novelization of MAD MAX that he hired its writer to co-script THE ROAD WARRIOR

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BRANCHES

Mitch Cullin is best known for providing the source novel for Terry Gilliam’s “PSYCHO-meets-DAYS OF HEAVEN” reverie TIDELAND, and this earlier Cullin text is just as twisted

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ROUGH BEAST

Here’s an ambitious horror novel that appeared after the horror boom of the 1970s and 80s had been officially put to rest

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TOBE HOOPER: 1943-2017

Here we bid farewell to the brilliant, and frustratingly erratic, Tobe Hooper

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TOBE HOOPER’S SALEM’S LOT: STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM

Another, and extremely good, entry in Centipede Press’s “Studies in the Horror Film” series

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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

This 1990 cheapie was supposed to be the late Tobe Hooper’s “comeback”–it wasnt!

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THE MANGLER

In light of the untimely August 26, 2017 death of director Tobe Hooper, here’s a look back at one of his late period films

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A GUIDE FOR THE UNDEHEMORRHOIDED

It’s an unfortunate fact that some of the most memorable books written by the late Charles Willeford also happen to be among the most elusive

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THE SUNS OF EASTER ISLAND

This ambitious French science fiction drama from 1972 can be viewed as the little-known forerunner of CLOSE ENOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

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LOFT

Like director Eckhart Schmidt’s earlier film TRANCE, LOFT is steeped in 1980s new wave culture, which can be taken as a good or bad thing depending on one’s point of view

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TV Flashback: THE NECESSARY MINUTE OF MONSIEUR CYCLOPEDE

Here we have what may well be the oddest TV show of all time: THE NECESSARY MINUTE OF MONSIEUR CYCLOPEDE

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EL HOMBRE SIN ROSTRO

This 1950 Mexican horror fest is notable for its similarities to PSYCHO, which it preceded by a decade

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GENERAL MASSACRE

A Belgian-American co-production from 1973 that makes a fumbled attempt at artsploitation in the guise of a hard-hitting anti-war statement

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70s MONSTER MEMORIES

Unquestionably one of the standout books of 2016, and also, unfortunately, one of the scarcest

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A “Monster Memory” of THE BLACK HOLE

I remember very little of the 70s or its movies, but for one isolated example: THE BLACK HOLE, a pivotal film in my life

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HEX

One of the most unexpected surprises of 2016 was this altogether odd and unpredictable horror thriller from the Netherlands

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RITUALS

This Canadian made DELIVERANCE wannabe may be frustratingly little known, but it’s one of the finest films of its type

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KUSO

2017’s gross-out movie of note, a freeform exercise in sub-Cronenbergian excess with a satiric thrust and overall fixation on bodily secretion

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GEORGE A. ROMERO: 1940-2017

That George A. Romero, who died on July 16, 2017, was one of the most important horror moviemakers of his generation, and indeed of all time, goes without saying

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THE MANGLER

In light of the untimely August 26, 2017 death of director Tobe Hooper, here’s a look back at one of his late period films

read more

THE SUNS OF EASTER ISLAND

This ambitious French science fiction drama from 1972 can be viewed as the little-known forerunner of CLOSE ENOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

read more

MAD MAX

It’s been said that George Miller was so impressed with this novelization of MAD MAX that he hired its writer to co-script THE ROAD WARRIOR

read more

BRANCHES

Mitch Cullin is best known for providing the source novel for Terry Gilliam’s “PSYCHO-meets-DAYS OF HEAVEN” reverie TIDELAND, and this earlier Cullin text is just as twisted

read more

ROUGH BEAST

Here’s an ambitious horror novel that appeared after the horror boom of the 1970s and 80s had been officially put to rest

read more