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The Thing (1982)

    A nightmarish mutating alien takes the form of members of an Antarctic research base in order to kill them and take their place. This is the one of the classic John Carpenter and Kurt Russell collaborations in which Carpenter manages to dance between pitch black horror, action and light relief to, if anything,… Read more »

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Tetsuo: Iron Man (1989)

Using cut and paste stop motion techniques like those in Peter Gabriels famous music video ‘Sledgehammer’ to create a bizarre other-world that tears suddenly into this one like a knife though tinfoil, Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo is one of his first movies and definitely his best. The layering of an alien-to-western eyes 80’s Japan with the… Read more »

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Basket Case (1982)

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother probably doesn’t apply when your bro is a 40kg legless psychopath who lives in a wicker basket. Basket Case is a cult classic, one of those movies filmed in a fledgling director’s spare time that shows such wit and originality that it launches a career. There are sequels- our… Read more »

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The Guardian (1990)

  “You take your hands off my baby!” The Guardian deals with that thorny subject of the business classes – the protection of their pampered sprog from the constant, grasping hands of the working class. If the Guardian proves anything, it’s that its hard to find good help these days. The story of a wayward… Read more »

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Thirst (1979)

Thirst is an Ozploitation flick featured in “Not Quite Hollywood”, the informative yet somewhat uncritical love-in documentary from down under. Made in the late 70s and directed by Rod Hardy, whose career still seems to be going strong directing episodes of popular American television shows such as Burn Notice and Battlestar Galactica and less popular… Read more »