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The Bay

Terror tries to get ‘eek’-ological.


Horror

Rod Lott
What’s an Academy Award-winning director like Barry Levinson doing in a found-footage horror movie like The Bay? Trying to revive a Rain Man career, I’d assume, following 15 years of flops like Envy, Bandits and Man of the Year. Here's another.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sinister

It’s reel scary.


Horror

Rod Lott
Although horror movies rarely scare me, I love them. The most I can hope for is to be creeped out sufficiently, and Sinister satisfies that bill.
 
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Nobody Gets Out Alive

Slash ’n’ trash.


Horror

Rod Lott
Horror fanatics making horror movies is the worst thing about today’s horror movies — worse than remakes, The CW casts and the PG-13 rating. And I say that as a critic who loves the genre.
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lake Placid: The Final Chapter

Somewhat fun because it knows it bites.


Horror

Rod Lott
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter has swam to video shores, losing the numeral “4” somewhere along the way. Haven't seen Lake Placid 2 or 3? Didn't know they existed? Ooh, you are going to be so lost!
 
Friday, February 8, 2013

Mimesis

Flattery will get you nowhere.


Horror

Rod Lott
When I first heard of Mimesis, I thought it was a great idea: horror fans unwittingly participating in a live role-playing game that plops them into the classic film Night of the Living Dead. Now that I've seen it, however, I realize I was wrong. It's a terrible idea, and one executed poorly by Dark Fields director Douglas Schulze.
 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Smiley

Do it for the lulz.


Horror

Rod Lott
Smiley is Candyman for the LOLcat generation.
 
Monday, February 4, 2013

Citadel

Welcome to the tower of cower.


Horror

Rod Lott
I swear, the luck o' the Irish: While moving from her condemned apartment building, a young, pretty and very pregnant woman (Amy Shiels, Veronica Guerin) is brutally attacked by three youths in hoodies while her husband, Tommy (Aneurin Barnard, Ironclad), watches helplessly from the elevator in which he's stuck.
 
Monday, January 28, 2013

Brian Keene’s Ghoul

Not so Keene on this Chiller adaptation.


Horror

Rod Lott
Brian Keene is a reliable horror author whose early-aughts novels The Rising and City of the Dead helped usher the current zombie resurgence across all media. As such, the man deserves a good adaptation of his work.
 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Thompsons

More ‘True Blood,’ less ‘Twilight,’ thankfully.


Horror

Rod Lott
One need not have seen 2006’s The Hamiltons before seeing its new sequel, The Thompsons. Heck, one need not even have heard of it, as I suspect many haven't.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

The Possession

This is why you shouldn’t go antiquing.


Horror

Rod Lott
Certainly I’m not the only one who confused The Possession and The Apparition when they played theaters late this summer. After all, the two horror films not only had soundalike titles and shared similar premises, but opened within seven days of one another.
 
Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Mad Magician

Vincent Price has a few tricks up his sleeve ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Sick of creating innovative tricks only to see someone else take credit for it, inventor Don Gallico (Vincent Price) decides to try his hand at performing live magic as Gallico the Great, aka The Mad Magician.
 
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hansel & Gretel

Gemma Arterton not included, but hey.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters on the way to movie palaces less than three weeks from now, the inmates of The Asylum respond with a mockbuster of their own, simply titled Hansel & Gretel.
 
Monday, January 7, 2013

V/H/S

Be kind, rewind ... or die.


Horror

Rod Lott
My problem with most found-footage films is that there's not much to them. Most can be described legitimately as an hour of buildup for one scene of payoff. When you shorten the stories, however, as is done in the horror anthology V/H/S, you have a handful of payoffs without all that pesky incidental padding.
 
Friday, December 7, 2012

Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Mega Movie Marathon

Like an old-school monster rally busting at the seams!


Horror

Rod Lott
“Paired” — ahem — thematically across six discs are 12 feature films hosted by Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, on her Mega Movie Marathon. Far from the horror hostess’ only DVD in circulation, this collection offers tremendous value by compiling several previously released double features into one set.
 
Friday, December 7, 2012

Silent Night / Silent Night, Deadly Night / Silent Night, Deadly Night Part II

You better watch out!


Horror

Rod Lott
Aside from re-creating two or three minor scenes, Silent Night in no way could be called a true remake of 1984's extremely controversial Silent Night, Deadly Night. Flicks about a killer Santa Claus have existed before and since; if not for the value of a brand-name, this could be just another.
 
Thursday, December 6, 2012
 
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