Horror

Maggie (2015)

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Maggie (2015)

It is possible that Maggie may be the best misfire of the year. It’s a thriller that doesn’t ultimately work, but you almost feel the need to applaud the effort. Odd to say, but that’s kind of refreshing. In a year that is offering us a vast minefield of movies in which no one even […]

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Unfriended (2015)

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Unfriended (2015)

Oh lord . . . how long till Avengers? Unfriended is unwatchable, a product of towering dullness wrapped in a gimmick that doesn’t work, packed with people you wouldn’t want to spend five minutes with. It’s a colossal miscalculation of character and tension built on a flimsy idea and padded out by technological glitches that […]

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It Follows (2015)

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It Follows (2015)

In horror movies, it stinks to be young. Our minds and our bodies are beginning to get adjusted to so many scary and then you have to deal with some fool with a butcher knife or a ghost with a 200 year-old axe to grind.  It’s hard to grow up, but it’s even harder when […]

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Pyramid (2014)

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The Pyramid (2014)

Right out of the gate, The Pyramid loses me. This is a movie about an ancient pyramid that is discovered buried under the sands of Egypt that is unusual in that it has only three sides excluding the base.  That means it’s actually a tetrahedron.  I have the strangest feeling that no one involved with […]

| December 3, 2014
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Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle (2014)

Okay, let’s talk about this stupid doll.  It’s not scary.  Yes, it’s creepy because it’s made to look creepy in a movie sort of way.  That’s the wrong approach.  Dolls are creepy only when they were made to be cute and innocent and you can clearly see that somebody at the drawing board needed to […]

| October 2, 2014
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Under the Skin (2014)

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Under the Skin (2014)

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin opens with a scene that could easily have found a home in 2001: A Space Odyssey. We’re somewhere in deep space, looking at evolving shapes that emerge from the darkness. You don’t notice it at first, but as the shapes form, a voice is quietly emerging from the soundtrack. The […]

| July 29, 2014
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Carrie (2013)

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Carrie (2013)

How well you respond to the new remake of “Carrie” may depend greatly on how your mind is associated with the material that inspired it. If this is your introduction to this enterprise, it may be kind to suggest that you check out Brian DePalma’s original 1976 horror classic, or Stephen King’s 1974 debut novel.  […]

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
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V/H/S/2 (2013)

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V/H/S/2 (2013)

The very concept behind both V/H/S movies is admittedly clever.  What would happen if someone found an errant old video cassette tape and put it on.  In the real world, it would probably be blank or at least packed with either bad porn or old episodes of “Oprah’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’  But this is a […]

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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