Horror Squad's Brian Salisbury tackled Eyes Without a Face, the flick where good intentions go bad when a doctor kidnaps girls and removes their faces to try to give his disfigured daughter a new visage. Brian wrote: "One of the things that makes this movie so haunting is this young girl in a white, stoic, uniform mask. It's not so much that I find her menacing, but the knowledge of what acts are being carried out on behalf of that face are mondo creepy."
John Gholson, meanwhile, tackled the horror that is "National Lampoon Presents" with his latest pick, The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell. Free of Lampoon's usual laughs, John wrote: "It wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't an instant classic either. It's stuffed full of ideas, characters, and convoluted plot threads, in a way that reminded me of Richard Kelly's terrible sci-fi satire Southland Tales."
Finally, I dug into the gut-wrenching drama that is Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream: "rather than offer a catchy Trainspotting look at drug use, or make his characters so loathsome that we don't care what happens to them, Aronofsky makes us feel the experience on every level. He pulls us into the world of addiction as almost active participants, before emotionally slamming us with the reality that no matter what the intent, no matter who is targeted, despair will come."
Knocked Up is coming up this Friday here at Cinematical, and stay tuned to the Squads for their picks as well.