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Movies Till Dawn: Cracked

“Straight to VHS” (2021, Indiepix) Willfully odd but often compelling documentary about an obscure 1988 Uruguayan film, “Act of Violence in a Young Journalist,” and its hold on filmmaker Emilio Silva Torres, who attempts to not only root out information … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Crime and Punishment USA 2022

“The Long Goodbye” (1973, Kino Lorber) A slovenly, muttering Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) navigates two disappearances – a close friend and a Hemingway-style author –but finds his efforts thwarted at every turn by something worse than organized crime: an incestuous, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Fun Size Sour Shriekers (Halloween 2021)

“Roh” (2019, Film Movement) The arrival of a strange little girl with a dire pronouncement sets in motion a chain of terrible events for a rural mother (Farah Ahmad) and her two children. Deceptively simple but deeply disturbing Malaysian supernatural … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Cold War Creeps and Creatures)

“The Giant Claw” (1957, Arrow Video) Jeff Morrow and a host of fellow ’50s sci-fi stalwarts (Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum) battle an enormous extraterrestrial bird that lays waste to the U.S.-Canadian border (played by Griffith Park) and later, the New … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange Has Risen from the Grave

“Southland Tales” (2006, Arrow Video) The fate of a post-apocalyptic United States – or its ultimate demise, as narrator Justin Timberlake occasionally and obliquely infers – rests in the hands of amnesic action star Dwayne Johnson, who has penned a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Sleigh Bells Ring for the Saturday Morning Strange

“The Lake Michigan Monster” (2018, Arrow Films) A hapless sea captain (Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also wrote and directed the film) and his equally inept crew take to the waters of Lake Michigan to destroy the creature that killed … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Almost Weirder Than Now

“VFW” (2019, Image Entertainment) A gaggle of soused, AARP-age vets hold the line at the titular watering hole when a druglord and his zombified army lay siege to the joint in an attempt to retrieve stolen stash. Joe Begos‘ ultra-violent … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Persons of Interest, Part 2

“Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll” (1987, Shout! Select) Keith Richards attempts to corral a mercurial Chuck Berry into celebrating his own 60th birthday at an all-star concert featuring Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Etta James, backed by Chuck’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Spotlight on Film Detective (Polyester Pantsuit Edition)

“Joe Bullet” (1972) Ken Gampu (“The Gods Must Be Crazy”) plays Joe Bullet – a less-tormented, South African version of Ray Donovan – who is called upon by a football team to root out the gangsters that have threatened to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Man Movies

“The Man Who Skied Down Everest” (1975, The Film Detective) Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura, who set a world speed skiing record in 1964, sets his sights on conquering Mount Everest, albeit in a very different way: with the assistant of … Continue reading

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