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APOLLO 18: Where’s the Other Cosmonaut?

Apollo 18 (2011) – Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego – Starring Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins, and Michael Kopsa. APOLLO 18 is one of those films that I respect more than I like. I love not only the idea but the approach. This is smart, low-budget film making. With a main cast of just two…

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THE BAY: I Think It’s Every Girl’s Dream To Be Miss Crustacean

The Bay (2013) – Directed by Barry Levinson – Starring Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue, Frank Deal, Stephen Nunken, Christopher Denham, and Nansi Aluka. I hate when I’m watching a movie and know I have very little to say about it. Usually when this happens, I’m watching some low budget action movie starring giant…

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STORAGE 24: These Things Just Happen

Storage 24 (2012) – Directed by Johannes Roberts – Starring Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King, Alex Price, and Ned Dennehy. I really like the look, feel, and sensibilities of the modern British horror film. There’s a slickness to the movies, but there’s also a firm foundation of solid, real…

WORLD WAR Z: The Summer’s Dreariest Film

World War Z (2013) – Directed by Marc Forster – Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena, Daniela Kertesz, David Morse, and Matthew Fox. WORLD WAR Z is an offensively bad piece of cinematic nonsense, an action/horror movie made by people who think they’re too good to make an action/horror movie, yet…

MAN-THING: Let Him Dig. It’s His Own Grave He’s Digging.

Man-Thing (2005) – Directed by Brett Leonard – Starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor, Jack Thompson, Rawiri Paratene, Alex O’Loughlin, Steve Bastoni, and Conan Stevens. Yup, this movie exists. What’s really surprising about MAN-THING, however, isn’t that it exists, but that’s there’s decent talent involved. The director, Brett Leonard, is also the guy who directed…

REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA: I Remember, I Dismember

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) – Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman – Starring Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, and Terrance Zdunich. REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA is an admirable piece of sh*t. I want to love this movie because I dig the idea of a low-budget horror…

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS: Am I On Speakerphone?

The Cabin in the Woods (2012) – Directed by Drew Goddard – Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Amy Acker, Brian White, and Sigourney Weaver. Let’s be clear before you pass this italicized point: if you’ve come here because you’re looking for one of those reviews…

TRICK ‘R TREAT: Go. Watch. This. Movie.

Trick ‘r Treat (2007) – Directed by Michael Dougherty – Starring Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Quinn Lord, Lauren Lee Smith, Tahmoh Penikett, Brett Kelly, Britt McKillip, Isabelle Deluce, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, and Leslie Bibb. Somewhere around the middle of TRICK ‘R TREAT I began to realize that I’d found a new film…

THE WARD: Alice Hoffman is Trying to Kill Us

The Ward (2011) – Directed by John Carpenter – Starring Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura Leigh, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mika Boorem, and Jared Harris. THE WARD is John Carpenter’s first movie in ten years … and this is where I’m supposed to say something snarky like, “He should have waited another ten if he…

SCREAM 4: Trapped by Its Own Past Cleverness

Scream 4 (2011) – Directed by Wes Craven – David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Erik Knudsen, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton, Nico Tortorella, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Lucy Hale, Shenae Grimes, Britt Robertson, Aimee Teegarden, and Roger L. Jackson. SCREAM 4…

THE FACULTY: Aliens are Taking Over the World. Weigh It.

The Faculty (1998) – Directed by Robert Rodriguez – Starring Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Chris McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick, Usher Raymond, Jon Stewart, Daniel Von Bargen, and Elijah Wood. I love THE FACULTY. It’s one of those under-the-radar movies that I champion…

THE EVIL DEAD: We’ll All Be Going Home Together

The Evil Dead (1981) – Directed by Sam Raimi – Starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Hal Delrich, and Sarah York. Similar to El Mariachi, THE EVIL DEAD is one of those films that came out of nowhere and launched a major Hollywood career. Sam Raimi has had a slightly more varied career than…

CREEPSHOW: It’s Father’s Day and I Got My Cake!

Creepshow (1982) – Directed by George A. Romero – Starring Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E. G. Marshall, Stephen King, Ed Harris, and Tom Atkins. Movie anthologies are a tough sell; you’ve got a trapped audience that you’ve got to keep entertained for two hours or so, and because you’ve chosen to…

THE FOG: We’re Honoring Murderers

The Fog (1980) – Directed by John Carpenter – Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Janet Leigh, and Hal Holbrook. When you watch a lot of movies (as you might have noticed, I do), you can sometimes run the risk of seeing too much of one film in another. That said,…