Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review – Cabin in the Woods

Leave it to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard to find a way to put a new spin on worn-out horror movie clichés. I ignored this when it was in theaters, guessing that it would be yet another tale of twentysomethings butchered for the high crime of venturing out of the city. But recently I got so desperate to see a horror movie with any kind of production values that I added it to my Netflix queue. I’m glad I did. The reflexive twist to the old tale had a certain Watchers-watching-Watchers quality, but it was still clever enough. I also liked the nearly-Lovecraftian nature of the underlying threat. Overall the picture does a great job of putting a new edge on some of the genre’s tired old saws. Worth seeing

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review – Brüno

After Borat, I was expecting something more biting and less Zoolander. Sacha Baron Cohen gets up to his usual tricks, playing a foreign character who pulls outrageous stunts. And every once in awhile he strikes a legitimate social nerve. But for the most part “dumb Austrian gay guy” isn’t that funny a shtick. See if desperate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review – Boggy Creek

When I was a kid, I was way into the whole Boggy Creek monster thing, due mostly to the classic “documentary” about the creature. Honestly, that was the only reason I decided to give a chance to what looked like yet another parade of stupid twentysomethings falling victim to a monster/slasher/whogivesacrap. The beast looks like Saruman bred Orcs with Ewoks. Even so, the creature’s greatest fault is that it can’t kill the witless, whiny “heroes” fast enough to make this a shorter ordeal. Wish I’d skipped it

Friday, October 5, 2012

Review – The Devil’s Hand

Bad script (some kind of nonsense about a devil cult that uses voodoo dolls to maim and kill people). Bad acting (the high point: hey, isn’t that the guy who played Commissioner Gordon on the old Batman TV series?). Bad production values (cheap, flammable sets and a total overdose of lounge music). This thing barely claws its way up from Ed-Wood-level filmmaking, and yet it’s still better than most of the camcorder crap infecting the market now. See if desperate

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review – Apartment 143

More “found footage.” More ghost-hunting. More families with dark secrets. Yay. The folks who made this picture must have taken a “How to Make a Horror Movie” class, paid rapt attention during the “booga booga” lecture but then skipped or slept for the rest of the semester. A handful of the shock shots supply a thrill or two, but the plot, script and characters are pure crud. Even the good moments are offset by the copious use of annoying racket such an endlessly ringing phone, that buzzing noise you get in your ears sometimes, and general cacophony. See if desperate

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review – Exit Humanity

For some time I’d been tempted to give up on blends of the horror and Western genres. Then The Burrowers gave me reason to hope. Well, abandon that all ye who enter here. The filmmakers shot for a cross of The Outlaw Josey Wales and George Romero, but what they got was more Jonah Hex dumbed down into an idiot-with-a-camcorder zombie picture. Dee Wallace must be desperate for cash or simply doing someone a favor to show up in witless, low-budget gunk like this. See if desperate