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November 05, 2023

IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS — SHOCKTOBER!

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ColeSmithey.comJohn Carpenter's 1994 finale to his Apocalypse Trilogy is a no-holds-barred blitzkrieg of horror that will have you watching the movie a second time just to confirm that you did indeed see what you think you saw.

Following trilogy predecessors "The Thing" (1982) and "Prince of Darkness" (1987), "In The Mouth of Madness" follows insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neil).

Trent's assignment is to solve the disappearance of Sutter Cane (think Stephen King), a horror novelist who has gone missing before turning in his latest manuscript to his publisher.

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Cane's books are suddenly inspiring their readers to kill.

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Axes are nasty weapons.

Publicity stunt? Perhaps.

Mass murder and mass suicides accompany the monsters that rise up in this prescient if overlooked horror movie.

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Madness is the prevailing theme at play; John Carpenter runs with it as far as the imagination can reach.

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Get out the popcorn, and prepared to be scared, or even scarred.

Rated R. 95 mins.

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October 30, 2023

ENTER THE VOID — SHOCKTOBER!

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Enter The VoidGaspar Noe specializes in brutally grueling films of sex and violence. Anyone who has suffered through his 2002 film "Irreversible" knows well the feeling of seeing something that you would never want to see again.

"Enter the Void" is such a virtuosic, if orgiastic, piece of experimental exploitation cinema that the audience is simultaneously repulsed and mesmerized by the bold attack on the senses that Noe assaults the viewer with.

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Set in Tokyo, "Enter the Void" captures the most immersive subjective viewpoint for its drug addicted protagonist that any filmmaker has ever achieved. Through the eyes of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), we experience a casual conversation with his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta) that leads to a mind-melting drug trip after she leaves.

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Psychedelic to the extreme, the visually stupefying sequence goes far beyond even Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking visuals for "2001: A Space Odyssey). It's only when Oscar finally faces his bathroom mirror that we finally see what he sees, his surprisingly young and innocent face.

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The story progresses in real time until Oscar's life takes a shocking turn inside a bar bathroom. Oscar's and Linda's back story about the car crash that took their parents' lives when they were small, informs their dodgy lives in Tokyo where he makes his living as a drug dealer, and she as a stripper. The filmic odyssey is eventually brought low by its own excesses.

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At 137 minutes, there is too much brain-hammering repetition of headache-inducing segues of flamboyant neon color and grotesque physical elements to serve the filmmaker's bizarre vision. With a good 30 or 40 inessential minutes excised from it, "Enter the Void" could have been truly amazing. However, in its current form it is a traumatic film that wears out its welcome.

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Not Rated. 137 mins. 

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HARD CANDY — SHOCKTOBER!

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ColeSmithey.comStrikingly filmed and exquisitely performed by its principally two-person cast (Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson), "Hard Candy" is an intense reversal on the Little Red Riding Hood story.

Hayley Stark (Page) is a 14-year-old proto-feminist rebel who ensnares 32-year-old fashion photographer/potential child molester Jeff Kohiver (Wilson) in an online chat room before working Jeff over in a furious castration revenge scenario in the comfort of his California luxury house.

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Ellen Page is a divine manifestation of intelligent female fury that ups the high watermark set by Abel Ferrara’s exterminating angel revenge fantasy "Ms. 45."

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British director David Slade announces himself as a master of economy and discrimination by leaving the horror to the audience’s imagination.

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This movie will make you squirm like you’ve never squirmed before.

Rated R. 99 mins. 

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