In the winter of 1984 Wes Craven unleashed terror upon movie audiences everywhere with the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street. The movie renewed the horror genre and spawned a franchise the stretched decades. The original movie is considered to be one of the best horror movies and a classic. It's a tale of a slasher haunting the dreams of kids in a sweet suburban neighborhood, making them pay for the sins of their parents. Does the original movie still manage to provide scares or is this just a bad dream?
Hellraiser shocked audiences and offered a reset of sorts on the trend horror movies had been following in the mid to late 80s. Succeeding tremendously on a small budget a sequel was inevitable. The first movie certainly left the gates open for a sequel or prequel with it's ending that went back to the beginning. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 aimed to up the ante a bit with a larger budget and riding on the success of the first movie. Does it succeed or are we all just in hell?
1987's Hellraiser represented a change in the direction of horror in the late 80s. Unlike established franchises that had been injecting humor in an attempt to gain a wider audience Hellraiser aimed to be a reset of sorts. It played the horror completely straight and it's main villains weren't just cheap slashers. The movie centers around a puzzle box that opens a gateway to another dimension where pain and pleasure are indistinguishable run by ghoulish creatures called cenobites and the family torn apart by the box. So is Hellraiser a pleasure beyond words or is the suffering of the audience legendary?
Riding the found footage horror wave that Blair Witch kicked off twelve years prior Grave Encounters sets out to thrill and shock audiences. The hardest part in making a found footage movie truly terrifying lies in creating a believable context as well as on believable acting. While there is a bit of corniness to Grave Encounters it mostly nails these two aspects. The result is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, and scary found footage movies of all time.
Horror remakes are a dime a dozen. Studios see a great idea from the past that may or may not have done well and think they can throw modern technology at it to elevate the movie. Usually this results in something synthetic and lackluster. However occasionally, although rarely, there comes a remake that either matches the original in terms of quality or even surpasses it. David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the Vincent Price classic The Fly thankfully falls into the latter category.
Warning: heavy Dark Tower book series spoilers ahead.
Having spent the last several weeks sprinting through the audio books of the Dark Tower series (including the novellas “The Little Sisters of Eluria” and “The Wind Through The Keyhole” – I am nothing if not a completionist) in time for the film version of “The Dark Tower,” I found myself incredibly satisfied with the adaptation.
I am a sucker for found footage movies. Ever since I saw The Blair Witch project and was immobilized by fear I've wanted more. Thankfully the universe answered my call and found footage movies became a huge sub-genre for horror. They're generally cheap, easy to produce, and audiences react well making them the slasher film of the 2000's. That also comes with some baggage that the viewer needs to set aside when watching a found footage movie, beyond the normal suspension of disbelief. A hallmark of found footage is usually a bit of camp, hokey acting, and moments where you'll be left wondering why anyone would still be filming this. As Above, So Below has all of that in spades and more that unfortunately help drag down an otherwise interesting premise.
Ghostbusters II, the critically disliked sequel to one of the most successful comedies of all time gets redeemed in this episode of In Defense Of.
The 2014 reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise was not very well received. It was generally panned as being a cash grab or just a product placement movie. However it certainly made enough money for it to gain a sequel. Which brings us to Out Of The Shadows which is that sequel. Does this movie improve on things from the original or should it have just stayed in the shadows?
So the wonderful people at Audiences Everywhere recently put up an article by Sean K. Cureton addressing the new Ghostbusters movie and what it would mean if the movie turns out to be bad. Now if you've been following me you'll know that I have thoughts about the new movie and that my feelings have certainly changed since I first talked about it. After seeing this article which mostly addresses trying to remain critical of the movie without falling into the trap of misogyny I felt like I wanted to address what I felt it would mean if the movie is bad. So here it is, read on to find out what I think it means if the movie is bad.
My thoughts on the new Ghostbusters movie based on the trailers that have been released so far. What do you think?
Review of the sequel to one of the best Punk/Indie films of all time. Coming 18 years after the original does this movie hold up or does it punk out?