dark old October 30

The Old Dark House (1932)

An eerie, bizarre, outlandish motion picture, The Old Dark House is an example of how common tropes can still add up to a legitimately entertaining yarn. Admittedly the tropes in this 1932 movie were far from common at the time of its release, but there’s a certain thread of familiarity that James Whale’s film mines […]

dead October 29

Land of the Dead (2005)

George A. Romero picks up his classic zombie series with Land of the Dead, a 2005 horror flick that comes some 20 years after the 1985 entry Day of the Dead. This outing boasts the biggest budget in the Living Dead series. It’s perhaps one of the most ambitious, broadening the admittedly narrow lens of […]

halloween1 October 28

Halloween (2007)

The reality is that Rob Zombie’s Halloween was always going to be an uphill climb. Remakes of pictures that are considered sacred, like John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, will always face the requisite arms-crossed cynicism from viewers. Such cynicism is a healthy component when it comes to any assessments, but sometimes things get out of hand.

frank October 27

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

In the hands of director Kenneth Branagh, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein isn’t quite the spectacle of Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula from two years prior but it’s pretty damn close. This 1994 movie, like Coppola’s, draws very near to the source material and presents its tale in as operatic a fashion as humanly possible.

drac October 26

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Gothic vision of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is masterful in terms of cinematic craft but a bit of a mess in terms of everything else. This 1992 picture is the stuff of operatic hallucinations, a flowing and bloody epic that ranges from the superb to the absurd without much rhyme or reason. It’s […]

seenothing October 25

See No Evil 2 (2014)

The infamous Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia, are tasked with handling the return of Jacob Goodnight (Kane) in See No Evil 2. This 2014 slasher picture is a vast improvement on Gregory Dark’s 2006 original, which lacked character development and substance. The Soska sisters do flesh out the backstory somewhat, but things develop on more […]

kane1 October 25

See No Evil (2006)

By most accounts, a film directed by a former adult moviemaker (Gregory Dark) and starring a professional wrestler (Kane) is going to be doomed by reputation alone. See No Evil has a lot of strikes against it in terms of pure construction and it’s true that most won’t be able to get past the notion […]

day of October 24

Day of the Dead (1985)

George A. Romero narrows the lens somewhat with Day of the Dead, his 1985 follow-up to 1978’s Dawn of the Dead. The focus here is largely on the human side and on the sorts of things people can get up to when arguing over power and what to do with bloodthirsty zombies. The picture is […]

frankenstein1 October 23

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Chock-full of that delectable Gothic sensibility that would permeate so many of Hammer’s horror pictures, The Curse of Frankenstein is the British production company’s first colour horror movie and one ripping good yarn. It comes directed by Terence Fisher, of course, and features such stars as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

claws October 22

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

An unnecessary and unnecessarily dull remake or reboot or regurgitation of the 1984 original, A Nightmare on Elm Street is directed by Samuel Bayer and is about what one would expect from the Platinum Dunes crowd. Michael Bay’s production company had already put their grubby fingers in remakes for Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the […]

bloodfeast October 20

Blood Feast (1963)

Often cited as the very first of the splatter films, Blood Feast is kind of a masterpiece of trash filmmaking. This 1963 flick is directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, whose claim to fame prior to this outing sat with various “nudie cuties” throughout the early 1960s. Blood Feast was his big chance and it became […]

nightmare3 October 19

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

The third entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series is the conceptually fascinating Dream Warriors, a 1987 slasher helmed by Chuck Russell. Wes Craven, the creator of the series, serves as writer along with Bruce Wagner while Russell and Frank Darabont handled an altered treatment that went on to become the finished product.

sleepwalkers3 October 17

Sleepwalkers (1992)

A masterfully campy and largely dismissed horror movie, Sleepwalkers features Stephen King’s “first story written expressly for the screen” and is a godsend for cat lovers. This 1992 picture is directed by Mick Garris and doesn’t take itself seriously for a single solitary second. The performers are all on board, too, and that makes this […]

ricci October 15

Cursed (2005)

A mercilessly enjoyable project, Cursed is a terribly underrated picture directed by Wes Craven and starring a raft of young(ish) stars. The 2005 horror flick finds Craven in his post-Scream glory and having a hell of a time excavating the werewolf genre for clichés and laughs. There’s not an ounce of Cursed that howls out […]

king October 13

Pet Sematary (1989)

A father laughs as he stands in his young son’s open grave. That same father gets into a fistfight with his father-in-law at his son’s funeral and knocks over the coffin. There’s a cat that comes back to life. There’s a zombie child that slices and dices in a way that would make that silly […]

apocalypse October 12

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Alexander Witt directs Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the second entry in the series that began in 2002 with Resident Evil. The series is based on the video games of the same name from Capcom and was originally to be written by George A. Romero and Alan B. McElroy. Things have changed since the initial 1997 vision, […]

thething October 12

The Thing (2011)

Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. is tasked with helming the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing. This 2011 outing, gutsily titled The Thing, is “blessed” with an intensively CGI-based version of the wild, gory special effects that made the 1982 flick such a zany, cock-eyed treat. And it also attempts a decidedly Nordic edge […]

prom October 11

Prom Night (1980)

The 1980 slasher movie Prom Night is interesting in a time capsule sense, but it’s far from an effective horror flick. It moves at a snail’s pace and the payoff is far from satisfying, which renders the countless scenes of disco-dancing and mounting, stalking thrills all the more disappointing. It lacks convincing characters and makes […]

pumpkin October 10

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Directed by Stan Winston, renowned special effects artists and frequent collaborator with James Cameron, the 1988 film Pumpkinhead is an effective yarn. This is a tale of revenge and horror, one woven through with quality effects and an authentic yet fantastical feel that draws on a poem by “Ed Justin.”

lastman October 09

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Vincent Price stars in The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film comes directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, with a screenplay by committee. Matheson did have a part in the script, but he was dissatisfied with the finished product and was credited under […]

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