Horror

Jun 8 2013

V/H/S/2

Last year, I reviewed V/H/S, a found-footage anthology horror film with six entries directed by a group of ten different directors. While I appreciated the film, upon later viewings, I found the original movie to be full of meandering stories where bad things happened to bad people. It was more a comeuppance movie than a […]
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Nov 16 2012

Citadel

(This review was originally published on November 16, 2012 at Reel Film News) A note to new parents: “Citadel” is a frightening film, particularly for our kind (yes, even for horror buffs like me). If you don’t curb your neuroses, you’re likely to have a tough time making it through the first half hour. Ciarán […]
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Nov 14 2012

Spooky Movie Festival 2012: “Gut” Reviewed

(This review was originally published on November 14, 2012 at Reel Film News) If my friend became obsessed with a mysterious DVD that showed up in his mailbox, a potentially authentic depiction of a woman being eviscerated, I might be inclined to part ways with him, at the very least. I’m just saying.
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Nov 2 2012

The Bay

(This review was originally published on November 2, 2012 at Reel Film News) As if addressing Hurricane Sandy, Halloween and the election simultaneously, “The Bay” is a gruesome cautionary tale about our environment that spikes the horror genre with a biting realism, so to speak, in a tightly edited ‘mockumentary’. Centered in Claridge, Maryland, a […]
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Oct 19 2012

Spooky Movie Festival 2012: “The American Scream” Reviewed

(This review was originally published on October 19, 2012 at Reel Film News) 2009‘s “Best Worst Movie” showed us that director Michael Stephenson could make a relevant, widely appealing documentary out of some pretty obscure subject matter. That film, his first as a director, chronicled the making of a cult horror phenomenon called “Troll 2”, […]
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Oct 17 2012

Spooky Movie Festival 2012: “Ninjas Vs. Monsters” Reviewed

(This review was originally published on October 17, 2012 at Reel Film News) There’s way too much going on in “Ninjas Vs. Monsters” for its modest budget, but you can’t deny writer/director Justin Timpane’s resolve, not to mention his ability, to bulldoze limitations. He does, after all, manage to sustain over 90 minutes of nonstop fighting, carnage and […]
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