Commentary

Oct 11 2014

RIFE 2014: “Bittersweet Monday” reviewed

The most important thing about any romantic drama is that the audience believes the attraction between its central characters. While “Bittersweet Monday” may not have too much else going for it, writer/director/star Jaime Lee hits the nail on the head when it comes to chemistry. The film explores the complicated emotions that develop between two friends […]
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Oct 11 2014

Spooky Movie Festival 2014: “Suburban Gothic” reviewed

The apparition in “Suburban Gothic” looks like something that David Lynch might have cooked up on the budget of a sock puppet show. Following 2012’s delightfully acidic coming-of-age-cum-horror tale “Excision” with this more deliberately cheeky flick that is several shades lighter than its pitch-black predecessor, director Richard Bates, Jr.’s vision is one part Coscarellian fever dream and one […]
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Oct 10 2014

Spooky Movie Festival 2014: “Call Girl of Cthulhu” reviewed

Well, the title kind of says it all. But for all its ambition as a schlocky drive-in exploitation flick/homage to author H.P. Lovecraft, “Call Girl of Cthulhu” only periodically amuses on the level to which it aspires. Feeling protracted even at a reasonable 93 minutes, the story follows virgin Carter (David Phillip Carollo), an artist […]
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Oct 10 2014

Spooky Movie Festival 2014: “V/H/S: Viral” reviewed

At this rate, the next installment of this popular horror anthology series will need to be called “V/H/S: WTF?”. Adding a third film to the grisly catalog, “V/H/S: Viral” breaks from the rules of the found-footage genre in hopes of giving ardent fanatics something new, and succeeds roughly half the time, the other half perhaps being […]
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Oct 10 2014

Spooky Movie Festival 2014: “Exists” reviewed

Wherever this resurgence of interest in the Bigfoot legend spawned from, it seems to be working in favor of found-footage horror films. Last year, it was Bobcat Goldthwait’s “Willow Creek”, a suspenseful, surprisingly charming slow-burn that followed a young couple into the titular Pacific Northwest wilderness in hopes of capturing the beast on video. While of the same […]
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Oct 9 2014

Spooky Movie Festival 2014: “The Dead 2: India” reviewed

Where “The Dead” was a beautifully lensed horror/adventure story with an intelligently intertwined humanitarian message, its sequel, “The Dead 2″: India” (playing opening night at the 9th annual Spooky Movie Festival at AFI Silver), is weighed down with too much melodrama to tread in the same socioeconomic undercurrent. The result is a movie that looks […]
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