Saturday, November 23, 2002

Review – Eight-Legged Freaks

Wow. A horror comedy that turns out to be neither scary nor funny. That’s a shock. Honestly, the most entertaining moment in the entire movie is when the sinister soundtrack picks up the melody from “The Eensy Weensy Spider.” Otherwise this is a tedious parade of clich├ęs brandished at the audience with nary a trace of genuine irony. The picture depends primarily on the digital spider effects for its appeal, which would have worked a lot better if the quality had been a bit more consistent or the giant arachnids had been employed for chills rather than comic relief. Wish I’d skipped it

Saturday, November 2, 2002

Review – The Brotherhood of the Wolf

Somewhere between the atmospheric horror movies of Cocteau and Polanski and the frantic action flicks of Luc Besson lies this odd tale of an 18th century French village terrorized by a ravening Beast. As a mystery movie it doesn’t work at all, but fortunately the film-makers appear to recognize this shortcoming and compensate by throwing in a fair measure of sex and gore. Production values are solid, and this might have been a better picture (with a slightly better rating) were it not for the decision to include racism of a sort even Hollywood has started to move past, sexism that wasn’t even consistent with the plot, and oh way far too much animal suffering. See if desperate