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Film, "Cheap Thrills": The Terrible Things We Do for Love or Money

"Cheap Thrills": The Terrible Things We Do for Love or Money

There's always been something menacing about David Koechner's screen persona, and E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills may be the first movie to fully exploit that menace. And it's a film very much about exploitation, as obscenely rich Colin (Koechner, taking The…
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Film, "The Innkeepers": A Simple Approach to Supernatural Terror

"The Innkeepers": A Simple Approach to Supernatural Terror

Horror movies are lately given to gluttonous effects, but director Ti West (The House of the Devil) is a rare minimalist. His latest, The Innkeepers, takes place almost entirely on the premises of The Yankee Pedlar, a three-story turn-of-the-last-century hotel…
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Film, <i>Last House on the Left</i>: That's So Craven

Last House on the Left: That's So Craven

That was the most offensive display of sexualized violence I have ever seen," one wilting fellow in need of a camphor hankie was overheard saying in the elevator. Such blanching is the reaction Last House on the Left is trolling…
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