A grotesque and graphic science fiction dynamo, David Cronenberg’s The Fly is the culmination of his thematic curiosities to date. The 1986 motion picture is based on George Langelaan’s 1957 short story of the same name and features a screenplay by Cronenberg and Charles Edward Pogue. The makeup effects by Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis […]Read more "The Fly (1986)"
David Cronenberg tackles Stephen King with The Dead Zone, a conventional 1983 thriller that is not without deeper meaning. The screenplay Jeffrey Boam turns the 1979 novel of the same name into an episodic yarn and Michael Kamen’s pronounced but isolated score encapsulates the frosty environs.Read more "The Dead Zone (1983)"
David Cronenberg’s Videodrome is a wild and astonishing culmination of the auteur’s journey so far. It’s also a refreshing and prescient slice of science fiction and film noir that serves as a reminder of just how warped things can be in the right Canadian mindset.Read more "Videodrome (1983)"
David Cronenberg’s The Brood is complex and grotesque. It is not a stretch to see it as a twisted companion piece to Kramer vs. Kramer, another 1979 film about divorce. Both outings feature a family turned asunder. Both feature bloody custody battles. But one, depending on perspective, is more realistic.Read more "The Brood (1979)"
If David Cronenberg’s Shivers infected an apartment complex full of rich yuppies who probably deserved it, Rabid goes a step further and passes the disease to larger Montreal. This 1977 picture contends with many of the same concerns found in Shivers, with science, sex and slaughter at the core. And it is still deeply satirical, […]Read more "Rabid (1977)"
David Cronenberg’s Shivers is a gloriously bizarre and haunting horror picture, one that really gets under the skin. Part fever dream and part snarky satire, this 1975 Canadian movie earned the attention of the government because of its federal arts funding. The hubbub over the subject matter blew over quickly, but there were some ripples […]Read more "Shivers (1975)"
Anna Foerster makes her directorial debut with Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth movie in the Underworld series. As the follow-up to 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, this 2016 motion picture hits the ground running and barrels through about 91 minutes of leather and latex.Read more "Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)"
The fourth and (so far) final installment in the Jaws series is often cited as one of the worst movies of all time. It was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards and was made in about nine months, sure evidence of its lack of quality. It does feature some questionable if awful special effects and […]Read more "Jaws: The Revenge (1987)"
With 3D making yet another comeback in the 1980s, it stands to reason that Universal would want its piece of the action with Jaws 3. Initially, the plan was to make the third entry in the series a spoof with John Hughes and Todd Carroll among the names involved. Sadly, Universal balked and Joe Alves’ […]Read more "Jaws 3 (1983)"
Steven Spielberg wanted nothing to do with a sequel to Jaws, saying he was “done with the ocean” after the 1975 picture. Universal, on the other hand, wanted everything to do with a sequel and threw a ton of money at Jaws 2. The results are mixed, but there is a lot more shark in […]Read more "Jaws 2 (1978)"
There’s no denying the importance of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. The 1975 motion picture has been credited with establishing the modern blockbuster template, with the focus on a succinct premise to draw big box office numbers. There is more to this beast than establishing Hollywood business models, though, and it remains a work of art worth […]Read more "Jaws (1975)"
Lewis Jackson’s Christmas Evil, originally released as You Better Watch Out, is a bizarre and chilling Christmas horror picture. Jackson’s screenplay is unexpectedly careful in its unwrapping of Christmas mythology, social concerns, psychological problems, and economic matters.Read more "Christmas Evil (1980)"
Given the catastrophic acid bath that has been 2016, it may be hard for some to get into the holiday spirit. 1997’s Jack Frost may be just the ticket, with its derision and weirdness and general disregard for Christmas cheer.Read more "Jack Frost (1997)"
Nick Murphy’s The Awakening gets off on the right foot, blending greying horror visuals with a strong protagonist to craft an absorbing set of possibilities. But Murphy and Stephen Volk’s screenplay steers things so entirely askew for the last third that the goodwill of this 2011 British movie is driven into the ditch.Read more "The Awakening (2011)"
Laborious to the point of being inert, Osgood Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a film so obsessed with mood and tone that it forgets everything else. This 2016 picture is an exasperating watch on many levels, with Perkins’ screenplay failing to generate anything resonant or consequential.Read more "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)"
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence are responsible for Devil’s Due, a 2014 found footage horror piece that contends with a good old-fashioned Satanic birth. The screenplay by Lindsay Devlin bears a quarter of a million comparisons with Rosemary’s Baby, while the scrambling cinematography of Justin Martinez makes it feel […]Read more "Devil’s Due (2014)"
Lee Hae-young’s The Silenced is a lot of things at once. The 2015 South Korean picture features a screenplay by the director, with gorgeous cinematography by Kim Il-yeon and lush, spectral music by Dalparan.Read more "The Silenced (2015)"
B-movie stalwart Jim Wynorski directs Piranhaconda, a ridiculous jaunt clearly in the vein of other Syfy Channel outings like Sharktopus. This 2012 flick is produced by Roger Corman and features a screenplay by Mike MacLean, who coincidentally wrote the aforementioned Sharktopus.Read more "Piranhaconda (2012)"
Directed by Kevin O’Neill with a screenplay by Matt Yamashita, Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda is the sequel to 2010’s Sharktopus. It somehow manages to be more ridiculous than its predecessor, which is no small feat. Produced by Roger and Julie Corman, it also slips into the same pattern set by its toothy ancestor.Read more "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (2014)"
Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Declan O’Brien, the 2010 horror B-movie Sharktopus is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. The screenplay by Mike MacLean does the job of merging a shark with an octopus for despicable purposes, while the cinematography of Santiago Navarrete navigates the bevy of beach beauties.Read more "Sharktopus (2010)"