Review: ZOMBI 2 (1979)

The dead are living and fighting sharks in Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBI 2, an Italian zombie movie with a screenplay by Dardano Sacchetti. The film was designed as a sequel to DAWN OF THE DEAD, but there’s little-to-no connective tissue apart from what passes as food in the zombie kingdom. Fulci’s flick is of the shoestring […]

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Review: THE BEYOND (1981)

Another gate to hell is opened wide in Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, an Italian horror film that seems at least obliquely related to his CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. There are those who consider THE BEYOND the midpoint of a trilogy involving the 1980 outing and THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, with rich thematic links […]

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Review: THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW (1983)

Mark Rosman’s THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW is a slasher that is more style than substance. That’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, as cinematographer Tim Suhrstedt does well to capture Rosman’s sensibilities by lining up some rather inventive shots and establishing some evocative motifs. The plot is boilerplate and the cast isn’t distinct, but the sumptuous […]

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Review: CRY OF THE BANSHEE (1970)

Gordon Hessler helms CRY OF THE BANSHEE, an uncanny but convoluted horror flick from American International Pictures. This 1970 outing does have several things going for it, including an incredible opening credit sequence by Terry Gilliam and a lead performance by Vincent Price that is terrifically vicious. Unfortunately, the screenplay by Tim Kelly and Christopher […]

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Review: SPLIT (2016)

Much has been made about the 2016 thriller SPLIT and how it’s a “return to form” for director M. Night Shyamalan, who also wrote the screenplay. And maybe there’s enough to this picture to gloss over some of the filmmaker’s past sins, however overstated they may have become in cinematic lore. Notwithstanding any such context, […]

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Review: THE CONJURING 2 (2016)

James Wan directs THE CONJURING 2, a sequel to 2013’s THE CONJURING. This 2016 horror outing features a by-committee screenplay and is based on the so-called Enfield poltergeist, a paranormal case from Britain in the late 1970s. Wan does well to generate the flavour of the era, although some of the cues are a little […]

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Review: BEFORE I WAKE (2016)

Mike Flanagan continues to explore his interest in family horror with BEFORE I WAKE, a picture that has some good ideas but labours under cumbersome execution. The screenplay is by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who collaborated on 2016’s OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL and 2013’s OCULUS. As with those outings, BEFORE I WAKE contends with a […]

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Review: RINGS (2017)

F. Javier Gutiérrez’s RINGS is the third entry in the American variety of THE RING series, which began in 2002 with a jaunt by Gore Verbinski. That film was based on RING from 1998, a characteristic J-horror flick directed by Hideo Nakata and based on a novel by Kôji Suzuki. Gutiérrez’s RINGS is a great deal […]

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