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gnomon’s Film Reviews

10 Films have been rated or reviewed by gnomon.

DogtoothDogtooth (Kynodontas) (2009)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) The power of film is used to outstanding effect to breach the walled garden within which two tyrants keep their children in increasingly disturbing surreal isolation.
DVD $29.95
RepulsionRepulsion (1965)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) The cracks in Carol's life fracture to reveal a darkness founded in childhood. Then it's down the rabbit hole without the rabbit.
DeliveranceDeliverance (1972)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Traumatizing.
SuspiriaSuspiria (1977)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Take a deep breath before diving into this gore–drenched masterpiece, where the bouzouki's drone reverberates throughout a set awash in primary colours. Delirious!
Beyond the Black RainbowBeyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
3 stars (Good Enough) Psychonauts from the 1960s wreak havoc on the 1980s, starting with those closest to them. The shocking anti–climax detracts heavily from the otherwise trippy visuals and soundscape.
DVD $29.95
Let The Right One In Let The Right One In (2008)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Eli (Leandersson) exploits puppy love to enthrall Oskar (Hedebrant) and consummates it in blood. Chilling! Outstanding!
Kill ListKill List (2011)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Jay (Maskell)'s escalating instability effectively builds tension, as do the intimate camera shots. But the domestic and professional violence erodes our sympathy for him: another bad person who suffers.
Wake In FrightWake In Fright (Outback) (1971)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Content warning: In this film, women receive less attention than a cold beer or a steak sandwich. Kangaroos were harmed.
DVD $19.95 | Blu-Ray $19.95
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
3 stars (Good Enough) More dreary than dreadful on first viewing, the utterances of Sutter Cane (Prochnow) sustained the horror long after the movie finished. Carpenter's soundtrack was more heavy metal guitar than cool synths, more distracting than engaging.
Wicker Man, TheWicker Man, The (2006)
2 stars (Good Try) This social engineering fable lacks buzz until a credulous Malus (Cage) goes off his meds then keeps his appointment with the Wicker Man.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $49.95

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