Horror

Lights Out (2016)

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Lights Out (2016)

Is it odd to suggest that a movie that only runs 81 minutes might need trimming?  That thought occurred to me all through Lights Out a nugatory little horror outing that has a clever premise but is padded out with loads of uninteresting characters and family drama that, truth be told, only gets in the […]

| July 14, 2016
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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane is alternately fascinating and frustrating at the same time.  It is fascinating in the moment but frustrating in that it takes so long to get where it’s going that it arrives at an ending that should have been the beginning of the second act.  That’s doesn’t make the movie bad exactly, it […]

| April 8, 2016
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The Boy (2016)

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The Boy (2016)

To make a creepy doll movie takes a lightness of touch.  You have to employ atmosphere, pacing, good editing, a good script, plus a doll that you can believe that someone would actually own.  The Boy has none of these things.  It is a competently made movie operating on a silly premise that the filmmakers […]

| January 22, 2016
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Crimson Peak (2015)

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Crimson Peak (2015)

The man at the publishing house looks quite amused when he finishes reading Edith’s manuscript. She’s just written a most unromantic ghost story that she hopes to have published. “Ghosts are a metaphor for the past,” she says, and to us this seems like a simple throwaway statement until we reach the finish line of […]

| October 20, 2015
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The Visit (2015)

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The Visit (2015)

It has been agonizing to watch M. Night Shyamalan over the past decade, a director who came bursting out the gate back in ’99 with The Sixth Sense, a brilliant piece of cold terror that earned him two Oscar nominations and, for me, stayed the course with his next two pictures Signs and Unbreakable. But […]

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Gallows (2015)

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The Gallows (2015)

There is a brief moment late into The Gallows that is so restrained and so steadily terrifying that I felt a great lurch in my stomach.  Cassidy, the buxom cheerleader is trying to pull herself together after her boyfriend goes missing.  She sits at the top the of stairs trying to pull herself together.  The camera […]

| July 9, 2015
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Insidious Chapter 3 (2015)

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Insidious Chapter 3 (2015)

There are a lot of baffling things about Insidious Chapter 3, and it would be fair to say that they begin with the movie’s title. This is the second-sequel to the 2011 cult hit, but it’s a prequel – meaning that it’s not technically Chapter 3, so wouldn’t it be Chapter Zero?  Or Chapter 0.1?  […]

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Poltergeist (2015)

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Poltergeist (2015)

It is very likely that the remake of Poltergeist may be impossible to enjoy on any level. If, like me, you’re a connoisseur of the original and look on it with fond memories, this retread will come off as a soulless carbon copy. If you’ve never seen Steven Spielberg’s film, then this will come off […]

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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