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the_DT
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:_:
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._.
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"_"
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._.
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kathy_NP
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the_DT
resemblance_NN
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!_!
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,_,
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now_RB
,_,
that_CS
"_"
hobbling_VBG
"_"
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the_DT
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the_DT
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._.
stephen_NP
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._.
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._.
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"_"
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"_"
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._.
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an_DT
oscar_NP
)_)
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?_?
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._.
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caan_???
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him_PP
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his_PP$
books_NNS
)_)
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you_PP
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doubt_NN
gathered_VBN
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the_DT
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,_,
of_IN
course_NN
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poison_NN
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._.
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._.
._.
._.
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glass_NN
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homer_NP
j_NN
._.
simpson_NP
-_-
"_"
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"_"
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annie_NP
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her_PP
car_NN
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her_PP$
way_NN
home_NN
._.
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._.
he_PP
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get_VB
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his_PP$
room_NN
._.
._.
._.
cut_NN
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the_DT
car_NN
again_RB
,_,
she_PP
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getting_VBG
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._.
._.
._.
will_NN
he_PP
make_VB
it_PP
?_?
ok_RB
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so_RB
these_DT
sequences_NNS
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,_,
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perhaps_RB
unpredictable_JJ
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they_PP
work_VB
!_!
boy_NN
,_,
do_DO
they_PP
work_VB
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if_CS
a_DT
film_NN
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you_PP
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the_DT
edge_NN
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your_PP$
couch_NN
,_,
biting_VBG
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nails_NNS
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shouting_VBG
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the_DT
screen_NN
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suspense_NN
,_,
then_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
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something_PN
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!_!
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course_NN
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the_DT
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nauseating_NN
sequence_NN
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the_DT
aforementioned_JJ
"_"
hobbling_NN
"_"
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annie_NP
realises_VBZ
her_PP$
captive_NN
has_HVZ
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out_RP
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his_PP$
room_NN
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
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going_VBG
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stop_VB
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all_PDT
._.
cue_NN
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wood_NN
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ankles_NNS
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huge_JJ
sledgehammer_NN
,_,
and_CC
._.
._.
._.
i_NN
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it_PP
!_!
nasty_JJ
._.
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sheldon_NP
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all_PDT
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kill_NN
the_DT
crazy_JJ
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!_!
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the_DT
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ever_RB
seen_VBN
._.
she_PP
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a_DT
typewriter_NN
,_,
set_NN
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fire_NN
,_,
head_NN
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the_DT
wall_NN
-_-
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she_PP
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die_VB
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._.
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._.
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,_,
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daft_JJ
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overlooked_VBN
._.
misery_NN
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,_,
tense_JJ
,_,
intense_JJ
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thriller_NN
._.
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first-rate_JJ
,_,
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the_DT
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-_-
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particular_JJ
-_-
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making_VBG
this_DT
a_DT
suitably_RB
nightmarish_JJ
little_JJ
gem_NN
._.
wonderful_JJ
stuff_NN
._.
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-_-
*_???
-_-
*_???
-_-
for_CS
more_DT
regularly-updated_VBN
film_NN
and_CC
tv_NN
reviews_NNS
,_,
check_VB
out_RP
my_PP$
site_NN
!_!
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:_:
/_SYM
/_SYM
www_???
._.
geocities_NN
._.
com_NN
/_SYM
hollywood_NP
/_SYM
bungalow_NN
/_SYM
4960_CD
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*_???
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*_???
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