Friday, July 23, 2021

Review – The Call

Clearly the producers hope that prominent roles for horror movie staples Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell will be enough to carry this dull-witted parade of supernatural revenge clichés. Once again a movie made in the 2020s tries and fails to recapture the look and feel of 1980s genre pictures. See if desperate

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Review – Horsehead

I got lured into this one by the preview, which featured a monster with an obvious Fuseli reference. They made good use of it early on, but it swiftly became clear that the overall movie was going to be a long series of dream sequences with little grounding in a plot. This might have made a good short or maybe a music video, but at feature length it was like watching a magic show put on by a magician who knows one or two tricks and keeps doing them over and over for an hour and a half. See if desperate

Review – Black Christmas

It’s hard to believe this was directed by the same guy who made Murder by Decree and A Christmas Story. In Bob Clark’s partial defense, this is one of his earlier efforts, back when he clearly had a lot to learn about filmmaking. If you’re trying to make it through a history of the slasher genre, you’ll have to sit through this early entry in the set. But be prepared for a thoroughly annoying experience. See if desperate

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Review – Major Grom: Plague Doctor

I wouldn’t have much patience for such a relentless parade of clichés from a Hollywood production, but there’s something about seeing them in a Russian movie that makes them quaint if not exactly clever. A rogue cop with his own brand of justice goes after a vigilante in a plague doctor mask. They spent enough money making this to keep things entertaining despite the silly story. Mildly amusing

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Review – Little Deaths

Ick ick ick. I don’t consider myself squeamish about either sex or gore, but the way they’re combined in this trio of shorts was pointlessly gross. The graphic rape in the first story was hard to take, though at least it had a point in the end. The other two didn’t even make it that far. Wish I’d skipped it

Review – Nightmare Cinema

I appreciated one thing about this anthology set: characters from the individual stories appeared in the bracket. Lately I’ve seen enough anthologies that turned out to be little more than Youtube shorts cobbled together on the cheap. At least this wasn’t that. The chapters were unmemorable, and I could have done without Mickey Rourke in the wrap-around. But I’ve seen worse. Mildly amusing

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Review – Luca

Disney once again dives into the realm of merpeople who long to live on land. As with some previous Pixar productions, this movie does a better job of showing off what they can do with digital animation rather than bothering to tell much of a story. Mildly amusing