Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers 11/08/18
The hack-work continues into the film proper as it picks up by showing how Michael has survived yet another seemingly-fatal attack by being nurtured back to health by a homeless person, who he naturally murders upon recovery before putting on an even worse mask than he had in the last movie and setting off to once again pursue his long-lost niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris).
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 11/06/18
The problem being that Jamie Lee Curtis had moved on to other things so the film had to figure out how to continue on after Halloween II had revealed that Michael Myers' continued targeting of beleaguered babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis) was due to her being his long-lost sister, thus giving this seemingly-inscrutable killer a concrete motivation that tied into his first murder being that of his older sister.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch 11/05/18
While the bulk of the Halloween series is loosely connected to the holiday by a serial killer who always carries out his murders on Halloween night, Halloween III opts to show its faith in the concept by going even deeper into the holiday's mythology with its extraordinarily bizarre premise.
Halloween II 11/04/18
While this usually manifests in them being unceremoniously bumped off (usually before the end of the first act) in order to make way for a new batch of villain fodder, Halloween II instead sets about building its entire story around the continued survival of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she is once again threatened by the inscrutably evil Michael Myers.
It also gives you what may be the genre's best (if not definitive) final girl in Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Much of what makes Michael's threatening nature so truly felt is how Laurie reacts to it across the course of the film, whether by noticing his inexplicable appearances (and disappearances) throughout the daytime or having to contend with his gradual and brutal intrusion right through her friends' bodies and into her rather ordinary Halloween night.
Black Christmas 11/02/18
If one were to be particularly uncharitable, one could consider the latter film a flagrant rip-off with its use of first-person shots, drawn-out pacing, and centring of the film's conflict around women being subject to the violent whims of a male antagonist (then again, you could say both films owe more than a little something to the likes of Psycho and Peeping Tom - copies upon copies all the way down).
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 11/02/18
I thought I had watched this many years ago but it soon became clear that, beyond what must have been a mere couple of scenes' worth of the film, enough of it seemed so unfamiliar that it seems much more likely (if not certain) that this would be a fresh watch.
Hellraiser: Revelations 11/01/18
A lot of that does stem from it being an ashcan copy with no real care being put into it beyond making sure it technically qualifies as a film capable of retaining Dimension Films' copyright on the franchise.
The complicated dynamic between Kylie and her mother definitely gives the film the substance it needs to sell its zanier (and more directly horrific) moments such as a talking teddy bear or a potentially murderous neighbour, and that's before it ramps up into the kind of frantic and bloody climax one would understandably expect from a film of this nature.
Hellraiser: Bloodline 10/30/18
As such, it proves a shining example of the contradiction at the heart of the Hellraiser franchise - the constant attempts to blur the line between pain and pleasure within the film bleed out into an audience who can quite understandably question whether the film's good points are enough to compensate for the bad