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The Innocents (1961) – This horror gem from 1961 embodies all the classy elements of yesteryear horror: suspence, mood, sound effects, atmosphere and haunting imagery.  Deborah Kerr plays an inexperienced Governess who takes over an estate for a selfish bachelor who has suddenly been bequeathed two young children whom he has no interest in raising.  She arrives at the estate to find a massive mansion, sprawling gounds which entrance with beauty and an adorable girl, soon followed by her equally adorable brother.  But before long spooky shit starts to happen and the whole experience becomes a freak show.  Ghostly figures appear around corners, whispers waft down from the rafters, the kids start acting like little freaks.  The film becomes creepy and nerveracking.  Innocents could best be described as a grandparent of The Others or perhaps less directly related to Pans Labyrinth.

Soylent Green (1973) – Green was the last part of Chuck Heston’s end of the world trilogy, following Planet of the Apes and Omega Man.  It’s the year 2022 and New York is horribly overcrowded with 40 million residents and counting.  People are so abundent that they sleep in stairways by the dozen and subside on a food known only as soylent.  Spoiler alert, it’s people.  The plot is pretty transparent and rickety, but the film was made with that kind of dopey, misguided ambition that 70’s sci-fi excelled at.  Heston is just being Heston but Edward G. Robinson, appearing in his 101st and final movie, is still kicking strong in a supporting role.  He would pass away shortly after finishing Green.  Most people will chuckle at Soylent for its casually misogynistic attitude, a female character keeps being referre dto as furniture, its questionable costume choices, Heston wears an ascot through the whole movie, and it’s all around silly presentation.  Despite all that it’s pretty watchable for a piece of crap 70’s sci-fi flick.

Despicable Me (2010) – Something for the kiddies.  Mostly harmless but probably boring for anyone over the age of 9.


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