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The Mist

2007 / d. Frank Darabont
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Man is the architect of his own personal hell: a purgatory populated by unspeakable nightmares and unimaginable horrors; where salvation can also be damnation. THE MIST, a masterfully directed offering from Frank Darabont, harkens back almost three decades to the atmosphere and claustrophobia of John Carpenter’s THE FOG, while still developing a fresh and imaginative story (courtesy of Stephen King). It is visually and psychologically terrifying, as it presents us with a probable — but deeply unsettling — portrait of human nature. Props to Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell for their brilliant creation of the monsters, which become more and more disturbing as the film progresses, and ultimately culminate in a finale that will linger in your mind well after the end credits roll. Highly recommended.

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Thinner

1996 / d. Tom Holland
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After killing a gypsy woman with his car, Robert John Burke is cursed to waste away just by the gypsy king’s touch upon his face. The gypsy plots are a bit stereotypical, yes; but this plays into our fears about what creepy curses they might be capable of. The social analysis of weight, dieting, and such stereotypes are all here, along with the freaky deterioration of body, soul, and self. I guess guilt and food do go together.

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Pet Sematary

1989 / d. Mary Lambert
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Who hasn’t lost a pet or a loved one and wouldn’t doanything to bring them back? Another simple life truth askewed delightfully into freaky charm and horror. The cast here is small but memorable — Dale Midkiff as the desperate father and Fred Gwynne as the wise old neighbor who meets a very bizarre end. And the baby, well, he’s just so dang cute and disturbing at the same time! This is another one that might be too disturbing and confusing for super young ones.