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The Burning

Third-degree terror.


Horror

Rod Lott
It speaks to the strength of The Burning’s reputation among cult-film fans that what’s most memorable about the 1981 slasher is not that it was written by the Weinstein brothers, nor that it represents early appearances of the likes of Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. It’s that its Cropsy is just a damned good villain.
 
Friday, May 24, 2013

Texas Chainsaw

Heard the good buzz?


Horror

Rod Lott
One of the most inconsistent franchises in movie history is the one beget by Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. How does one follow all those less-than-beloved sequels? Lionsgate's latest in the series — the seventh — has a solution: Ignore 'em.
 
Friday, May 17, 2013

Dark Circles

Postpartum depression can be a real bitch.


Horror

Rod Lott
With the Broken Lizard comedy troupe becoming increasingly broken, member Paul Soter has branched off to write and direct something about as far away as one can get from the likes of Super Troopers and Beerfest: a horror film. Now that I've seen it, I'm thinking maybe he should stay on his own.
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

‘Son, you got a panty on your head.’


Horror

Rod Lott
While it's not entirely successful, The Town That Dreaded Sundown represents a big step up for Charles B. Pierce, the Arkansas filmmaker who made a cinematic cryptozoological splash in 1972's unlikely hit The Legend of Boggy Creek
 
Monday, May 13, 2013

H.P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air

Ice it.


Horror

Rod Lott
H.P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air is really Albert Pyun’s Cool Air. The notorious director of the aborted Captain America and the should’ve-been-aborted Kathy Ireland vehicle known as Alien from L.A. is up to his usual inert tricks. It shows from the start, which forces viewers to read six title cards in two long minutes.
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Wicked

Will leave you not spellbound, but spellbored.


Horror

Rod Lott
When you put a little kid in danger in your first scene, as The Wicked does, I'm in. That’s a fairly bold move, and it signals that the film is going to — pardon my French — have some balls and do something different.
 
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thale

A fairy tale with a tail.


Horror

Rod Lott
Members of cleaning services expect to find the unexpected. For Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard) of the No Shit Cleaning Service, that means uncovering a naked woman submerged in a basement bathtub, yet alive, in shock and with tubes down her throat.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

Boo! Hiss.


Horror

Rod Lott
Let’s forgive the ridiculousness of the state-confused title that is The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, in order to focus on the film itself.

Said film means well, yet is terrible.
 
Friday, April 5, 2013

13 Eerie

Zombies declare war on science.


Horror

Rod Lott
When viewers insert the DVD of 13 Eerie into their player, and the menu loads, they’ll be greeted by a crude but cute animation of the cover’s creature doing a little jig. I don’t think it’s meant to be amusing as I took it, but it is a sign that the movie isn’t your average, ordinary zombie film.
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tormented

Disappointed.


Horror

Rod Lott
Grudge guru Takashi Shimizu isn’t at a career apex. His 2009 film, The Shock Labyrinth, was a dud. His latest American effort, the airline ghost story 7500, was supposed to come out in theaters last summer, but got pushed to next month. So I hoped Tormented, a 2011 J-horror effort fresh to Blu-ray on these shores, might mark a return to form.
 
Monday, March 25, 2013

The Frankenstein Theory

The modern prometheus gets a modern movie update. Guess what? It’s alive ... alive!


Horror

Rod Lott
The Frankenstein Theory is like no other Frankenstein film you've seen: rendered in found footage.

Wait, wait! Don’t run off! This one’s better than the average entry, even if it’s not so revolutionary to change the minds of those who despise the delivery system. The picture’s snowy setting is reason enough to justify a viewing on DVD (a woefully bare-bones one) if you missed it on the big screen — and you likely did, since it played in only about 15 theaters nationwide earlier this month.
 
Friday, March 22, 2013

The Collection

Gotta catch ’em all!


Horror

Rod Lott
What began as an intended Saw prequel has spawned a franchise of its own, now that 2009’s The Collector has begat The Collection. I hope in my heart of hearts that The Collection begets a third chapter — The Collective, perhaps?
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you ... again.


Horror

Rod Lott
Warner Home Video’s snazzy new A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection gives Blu-ray die-hards the seven “original” films of the horror franchise. Translation: No Freddy vs. Jason, no 2010 Elm Street remake. But the big news is that is does have two of the 44 episodes of the spin-off syndicated TV series, Freddy’s Nightmares — their official first American appearance for digital home video.
 
Friday, March 15, 2013

Curandero: Dawn of the Demon

From dusk till yawn.


Horror

Rod Lott
Eduardo Rodriguez has put three pictures in the can (including the upcoming Fright Night 2) since completing his directorial debut, Curandero: Dawn of the Demon, in 2005. Why, then, has it taken roughly eight years for Curandero to hit DVD? You got me; it’s not as if a lack of quality has stopped any flick before.
 
Monday, March 11, 2013

The Millennium Bug

An OK tale of Y2K.


Horror

Rod Lott
Hey, kids! Remember the hysteria surrounding Y2K? Ahhh, so quaint ...
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
 
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