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The Horror Show

No 'Show.'


Horror

Rod Lott
Although the title does not let on, 1989's The Horror Show actually began life as House III, a misbegotten sequel to 1986's hit House. In the end, it doesn't matter, because The Horror Show is every bit as terrible as House II or House IV.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

The Snake God


Drama

Rod Lott
I love the Mondo Macabro label, but with its last three releases, it seems to have only one thing on its mind: spelled S-E-X. There was Countess Perverse, then How to Seduce a Virgin and now 1970's The Snake God.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

Unhung Hero

Does size matter?


Documentary

Rod Lott

First, watch this.

 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sanitarium

Commit yourself.


Horror

Rod Lott
It's official: We're living in a golden age of horror anthologies. True, the long-moribund subgenre isn't every fright fan's cup of tea, but those who like variety in one double-hour package have enjoyed a wealth of opportunities over the last few years and especially 2013.
 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Getaway / Fast & Furious 6

Make vroom for only one of them.


Action

Rod Lott
Until now, Ethan Hawke was having a wonderful year. Before Midnight, the third leg of his trilogy with director Richard Linklater and actress Julie Delpy, brought waves of critical acclaim and talk of another Oscar nomination for their collaborative screenplay, while The Purge turned a meager investment into a highly profitable box-office take. 
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane / Mischief Night

They're off to good starts, then ...


Horror

Rod Lott
For movie watchers, few things can be more frustrating than films that begin with a sequence of immense promise, only to show over the remainder that the emperor truly wears no clothes. Two new examples come from the horror realm. 
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saturn 3

Ring around the risible.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

What's a director of classic musicals doing in science fiction? Making Saturn 3, one of the worst of the genre Hollywood made in the immediate post-Star Wars / Alien era. Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) takes to it about as well as you'd expect; he's in over his head.

 
Monday, December 2, 2013

The Canyons

True to its title, the film is a void.


Drama

Rod Lott
Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opens and closes with a montage of abandoned movie theaters. For this film in particular, that choice strikes one as symbolic in several ways: not only as a comment on the state of the industry, but on the state of The Canyons itself. You’re unlikely to find many 2013 films this empty.
 
Monday, December 2, 2013

The Seasoning House

The weak of heart will Balk.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Neither a chain of spice stores nor a Food Network program, The Seasoning House is a bleak-as-nuclear-winter thriller set during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. A deaf girl named Angel (Brit teen Rosie Day) is taken from her home by soldiers who shoot her mother dead. 
 
Monday, December 2, 2013

We're the Millers

And you'll laugh lots.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Imagine if Vacation patriarch Clark W. Griswold dabbled in drugs, not food additives. That's essentially We're the Millers, a family-on-a-road-trip comedy about a fake family and fake road trip. At least the laughs are genuine, and plentiful.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas

Bah, humbug.


Comedy

Rod Lott
I plead guilty: My friends and I have goofed around with a camcorder before and made stupid movies, but we were smart enough to know that no one outside ourselves would think they were funny. If only the makers of Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas realized the same. 
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Eve of Destruction

Aims for 'Terminator' territory.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Military marksman Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines, Running Scared) is called into top-secret duty to neutralize a surveillance robot gone haywire in San Francisco. It won't be easy, because for one thing, the android is undetectable from a human. For another, it has a built-in nuclear bomb that will detonate upon imminent threat.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

The Eyes of Charles Sand

The 'Eyes' have it. Kind of.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
At the exact moment of his elderly uncle's fatal heart attack in the middle of the night, Charles Sand (Peter Haskell, The Phantom of Hollywood) has a dream of the family member in a coffin. This is Charles' first inclination he has been given the gift of "The Sight." Or is it a curse? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Grabbers

Will it reach out and grab ya?

 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Breaking the Girls

Boring the audience.


Thriller

Rod Lott
We've already seen one female Strangers on a Train rip-off this year — or at least I have — in the direct-to-DVD Kill for Me. We didn't need another, but have one anyway in IFC Films' Breaking the Girls, somehow even less remarkable despite bearing a higher pedigree.
 
Friday, November 15, 2013
 
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