Haunter (R)

October 24, 2014

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By the time the closing credits in “Haunter” role, you’ll have a migraine as though you’d just spent two hours grueling over an advanced trigonometry exam – written in French. What the 2013 Canadian horror film does well is perfectly embody the role of a frightened teenager played superbly by Abigail Breslin as she deals with the terrors of a haunted house. What director Vincenzo Natali fails to do, along with writer Brian King, is to create a horror story that can match up with her talents.  (more…)

Re-Animator (NR)

October 23, 2014

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Producing fan material has to be the hardest thing a filmmaker can do; harder still in the horror genre, where expectations are already low. With this in mind, it’s a shame to say, but still necessary to, that the 1985 “Re-Animator,” based off of a short story by horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, is a disaster. Fans of Lovecraft will surely be intrigued by the 1985 macabre-fest; however, an over-reliance on gore, a non-existent story, and bizarre ending render the film little more than utter disappointment. (more…)

The Uninvited (PG-13)

October 22, 2014

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I discovered the fledgling talents of actress Emily Browning when I reviewed “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” last year. Since her appearance as a teenager in that film, Browning has blossomed into a strikingly beautiful young actress with hordes of talent and promise. Browning takes the staring role in the 2009 horror film “The Uninvited.” (more…)

The Blob (NR)

October 21, 2014

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Horror films have their cult classics, and just like “The Thing” (1982) made Arctic abysses scary, the 1958 “The Blob” is revered for doing the same for small Pennsylvania towns and movie theatres. In fairness, I have to say that the film is not scary, not really (apart from two distinct scenes), and reaches more of a camp status. The film stars Steve McQueen in one of his earliest roles, and a gelatinous mass from outer space that starts to consume the local townsfolk. While not a film you will need to watch with the lights on, “The Blob” is a good throwback nonetheless. (more…)

Carrie (R)

October 20, 2014

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A bloody bible. An un-medicated child birth. A creepy mother and newborn. And that’s just in the first sixty seconds. Based on the classic 1974 debut novel by horror legend Stephen King, and itself a remake of an infamous scary movie, the 2013 version of “Carrie” follows true to form the book and shows the viewer just why Stephen King has been a master of terror for an entire generation.

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The Exorcist (R)

October 19, 2014

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Since their inception in the 1920s – 1960s, horror movies have dealt mainly with monsters, ghosts, and other creatures. That changed in 1968 when Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” was released. While it wasn’t the first film to deal with the Devil or the occult, it was the most mainstream at the time. Due to its critical and financial success, this opened the door for more films about the occult and demons to be made. Five years after “Rosemary’s Baby,” one of the scariest and most popular horror films was released. Its impact in popular culture would be felt for years to come. The film? “The Exorcist” (I viewed the original theatrical version for this review). (more…)

The Silence of the Lambs (R)

October 18, 2014

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Based on the 1988 Thomas Harris novel of the same name, “The Silence of the Lambs” would go down as one of cinemas all time darlings. Director Jonathan Demme would mold a perfect film, with stunning cinematography, a chilling scope, and unforgettable performances from its much lauded cast. “Lambs” would win the five most coveted Academy Awards – Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture of 1991, and would introduce the world to the garrulous and scintillating serial killer and cannibal, Doctor Hannibal Lecter. (more…)