seagal November 05

Kill Switch (2008)

Kill Switch is one of the worst entries in the entire Steven Seagal catalogue and that’s saying a lot. This 2008 direct-to-video release is directed by Jeff F. King with a screenplay by the ponytailed one himself. It’s quite an achievement in terms of disjointedness, senselessness and pure bizarreness, which is probably the best one […]

dollhouse November 04

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and for good reason. This 1995 motion picture drips with bleakness and often hilarious comedy, weaving a coming-of-age story that doesn’t lean on clichés. It honestly explores the always taut world of adolescence through the eyes of its remarkably normal protagonist, […]

dawn of the planet of the apes November 03

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Directed by Matt Reeves, the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that rarest of things: a blockbuster that functions on multiple levels. It’s really quite an outstanding motion picture, from the stunning special effects to the extraordinarily human characters to the absorbing plot to the tremendous cinematography by Michael Seresin.

teenage mutant ninja turtles November 01

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

There is a surprising amount of charisma lurking somewhere in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the bass-heavy and unwieldy reboot of the film series that began in 1990. Based on the comic book series of the same name by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, this 2014 action flick is directed by Jonathan Liebesman with production by […]

phobia1 November 01

Phobia (2014)

A thrilling and complex psychological thriller, Rory Abel’s Phobia weaves a relatable yet challenging tale about guilt, agoraphobia and the sweet lure of death. This 2014 motion picture will be released on DVD on November 25 of this year and is certainly worth a look for those interested in slow-burning chills and well-told yarns.

monsters of the monster squad October 31

The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad is an entertaining and surprisingly clever horror picture geared toward the younger set. This 1987 movie is directed by Fred Dekker and features a screenplay by the filmmaker and Shane Black, whose quick-hitter lines come in handy. The Monster Squad has a decidedly comic edge, one that fits well with its gleeful […]

Re-Animator1 October 31

Re-Animator (1985)

A wild and woolly mad scientist tale, Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator is a riot. This 1985 horror flick is based on the H. P. Lovecraft story Herbert West-Reanimator, which itself is a 1922 parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The motion picture certainly owes a lot to Frankenstein in its various cinematic incarnations, but it’s very much […]

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 […]

land of the dead 2005 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 […]

halloween 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.

mary shelley's frankenstein 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 […]

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