Horror

Glass (2019)

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Glass (2019)

Glass is, what in comic book terms, would be called a crossover.  Therein, two characters from different story-lines are flung together into a crisscrossing story to see how their powers and personalities clash.  Very often this happens with a hero and a villain and sometimes with a villain and a villain.  In Glass it’s both – two characters […]

| January 17, 2019
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Suspiria (2018)

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Suspiria (2018)

I enter into my review of Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of Suspira knowing full-well that I stand as a lone wolf in my glowing adoration.  As of this writing, the movie sits on Rotten Tomatoes at a rather chilly 63% but, personally, I have no use for such metrics.  I go to see the movie for […]

| December 15, 2018
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Halloween (2018)

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Halloween (2018)

At the very start of the 2018 edition of Halloween, I got a brief and very exciting hint that maybe, just maybe I was about to see something new and different.  The opening scene involves two amateur journalists who arrive at Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanitarium with the express intent of interviewing Patient AA02.  A […]

| October 18, 2018
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Insidious: The Last Key

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Insidious: The Last Key

Perhaps no one involved in the making of 2010’s first Insidious movie really understood what an invaluable asset they had in Lin Shaye.  Her character, professional psychic Elise Rainer, was the film’s most memorable character, but unfortunately that film ended with her untimely death.  Ever since, in three successive sequels, director and series co-creator Leigh […]

| January 4, 2018
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The Bye Bye Man (2017)

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The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Ah!  January at the movies; when theaters exude the hangover of Christmas leftovers, Oscar hopefuls and a small number of vacuous lackadaisical new releases that weren’t good enough to get a release in the other 11 months on the calendar.  This has become the spawning ground for your average negligible PG-13 horror movie, the kind […]

| January 10, 2017
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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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