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MoviePass Review: “The Collection”

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Writer/director Marcus Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton stick to familiar horror sequel territory with The Collection. And while it’s bigger and bloodier than 2009’s The Collector, in the realm of the horror sequel, wherein the survivor of the first film is somehow coerced into revisiting the source of their trauma, The Collection is a middling addition, not quite as disappointing as The Descent: Part 2, but still a far cry from the adrenaline-amplifying Aliens. If its muddled plot and flat characters were half as interesting as the the elaborate death scenes, then The Collection might be a bit more than mildly entertaining and bit less of a bloody mess. Continue reading at blog.moviepass.com →

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Scared Silly: Top 31 Horror Comedies – Part 5

We made it! Now we have the final 7 of my top 31 favorite horror comedies. Six of these movies were a big part of developing my love of horror, planting the seed of interest in the supernatural and fostering it with humor. The seventh movie is a newer, but equally important, addition. Continue reading

Scared Silly: Top 31 Horror Comedies – Part 4

The Halloween celebration continues with six more of my top 31 favorite horror comedies. Today we’ve got a whole gaggle of vampires, a few werewolves, a would-be serial killer, more Deadites, a conniving paranormal investigator and… pickles. Continue reading

Scared Silly: Top 31 Horror Comedies – Part 3

Today, we’ve got egomaniacal mad scientists, yuppie vampires, and zombies zombies zombies… well, variations on a theme, anyway. The Halloween celebration continues with six more of my top 31 favorite horror comedies. Continue reading

Scared Silly: Top 31 Horror Comedies – Part 2

The Halloween celebration continues with six more of my top 31 favorite horror comedies. Continue reading

Opening Weekend: Sharks, Lies, and Videotape

This weekend two of my biggest fears–sharks and outer space–face off, while Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciarán Hinds play retired covert operatives with a secret. Continue reading

Opening Weekend: Be Afraid

Whether it’s sweet revenge served up by Zoe Saldana, Paul Rudd’s bumbling antics as the family idiot, or the creatures lurking in the dark recesses of Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce’s new house, this weekend’s movies all offer something to fear. Continue reading

Mo’ Meta Blues – Review: Scream 4

More than ten years after the release of what was billed as the final film in the Scream “trilogy,” Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson revisit the Woodsboro gang in Scream 4. And as excited as I was to see what Sid and the gang were up to, I couldn’t help but wonder: is it too late for another Scream movie?
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Creepy Kids: Top 12 Creepiest Kids in Movies

I don’t know what exactly it is about creepy kids in horror movies that is so unsettling, but even in bad movies it seems to work. And there’s been a nice trifecta of events that has motivated me make this list of the top 12 creepiest kids in film: 1) two Shooting the Script contributors have new babies – Katie just had her first baby and Bryan’s wife just had her third, 2) the latest creepy kid movie, Insidious, comes out on Friday, and 3) Rotten Tomatoes did their own list of “Creepiest Movie Children,” which I don’t entirely agree with. Continue reading

The Collection: Cronos

#551 – Cronos (1993) – Dir. Guillermo Del Toro

Cronos is a small-scale reworking of the vampire mythos that also happens to be Guillermo Del Toro’s first feature film. Some debut feature’s arrive fully formed, so fresh and so daring they rise above their shortcomings. Cronos is not that kind of debut. Continue reading

American History Ex: The Blaxorcist

Unfortunately, “The Blaxorcist” isn’t actually the title of this film, allegedly it was almost the title at one point, but I’ve yet to confirm that anywhere. In fact, it’s hard to get much information about 1974’s Abby, William Girdler‘s pretty blatant rip-off of The Exorcist. Continue reading

Ambiguous Christmas – Part 4: Better Watch Out

Naughty… nice… these are the Christmas movies that are fun.

What’s Christmas without Santa Claus? I think this is probably my only date-specific part of this list. For this collection of Santa-centric films, I’d recommend a Christmas Eve movie marathon. Gather up any kids you’ll be spending the holiday with, have them watch this collection of films to teach them the importance of being good for goodness sake a la “scared straight.” Continue reading

I’d Buy That for a Dollar: Night of the Demons

So, when they finish remaking all the horror movies of yore, are they just going to start all over again? Is it just going to be one endless cycle? It seems the films of the 80s in particular are presently ripe for the picking, which brings us the 2009 update of 1988’s Night of the Demons. Continue reading

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I’d Buy That for a Dollar: The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

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I first learned about The Human Centipede (First Sequence) last year while reading /Film’s coverage of Fright Fest 2009. I was immediately intrigued, and simultaneously disgusted. The phrase “human centipede” is probably, in and of itself, enough to truly sicken the squeamish. Further reading of the plot, which involves victims being grafted together ass-to-mouth, is enough to disturb even those of us with stronger constitutions. (I’m guessing this is the point where I’ve lost some of that squeamish bunch.) Continue reading

Variations on a Theme: “Let Me In” Review

When I first learned that they were making an American version of Let the Right One In, one of my favorite films of 2008, I was less than thrilled. The original Swedish version is a beautifully bleak horror-fantasy, an understated, macabre pseudo-fairytale, equal parts eeriness and whimsy. Very good. Very dark. Very Swedish. To be perfectly honest, I was kinda pissed that they would try to Americanize Let the Right One In. How could they? But, when I learned that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) was directing, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) was starring, and Hammer (a name long synonymous with horror films) was producing, I decided to look on the bright side of life, if you will, hoping Let Me In would be good… and would therefore lead people to check out the amazing source material. That’s the nature of the beast, right? A foreign movie gets made, does well, piques enough interest that the studios think, “Hey, maybe we should remake this for all the people who are put off by subtitles,” and voila, Wings of Desire spawns City of Angels… fortunately, Let Me In is no City of Angels. Continue reading