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Resolution

It will 'meth' with your head.


Horror

Rod Lott
After receiving a video of his best friend sky-high on meth, Michael (Peter Cilella) decides to do something about it. Arriving at a ramshackle, one-room home in the woods to find Chris (Vinny Curran) babbling about birds stealing his stuff and writing a book with a stray dog, Michael offers to take Chris to rehab.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pacific Rim

Monsters kink.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Sometimes I revisit a beloved movie from my childhood and wonder, "What was I thinking? Do kids really have no taste?" Pacific Rim feels like one of those movies.
 
Friday, October 18, 2013

Snuff

Sniff it out, brave among you.


Thriller

Rod Lott
No doubt, the story behind the 1976 film Snuff is more interesting than the story within it. (I suspect that'd be the case even if Snuff's filmmakers had bothered with plot at all.) 
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nightmare Honeymoon

Do not consummate.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Presented by Warner Archive in both theatrical and television versions, 1974's Nightmare Honeymoon carries the tagline "Thank heavens, it's only a movie!" — obviously inspired by The Last House on the Left's "To avoid fainting, keep repeating, it's only a movie" the year prior. Despite sharing a rape-revenge story, Nightmare Honeymoon is nothing like Last House. It's also not a horror film by any stretch of the imagination, of which it possesses none of its own.
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Static

Who's knocking at my door?


Thriller

Rod Lott
A knock at the door in the middle of the night? Never a good sign. Freshman director Todd Levin's Static sparks to life with one such nocturnal omen.
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Horror Stories

Import these subtitled scares.


Horror

Rod Lott

Hopping aboard the horror anthology film's current resurgence is, simply enough, Horror Stories, a slick South Korean omnibus whose six directors take a pleasingly old-fashioned approach to four chilling chapters. 

 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Maniac

And he wants his scalps!


Horror

Rod Lott
Reveling in the seediness that is downtown Los Angeles at night, IFC Films' Maniac is a rare remake that's better than the original. William Lustig's 1980 of the same name long has enjoyed a sizable cult, but I found it to be a thoroughly ugly film in all respects. And I actually like slasher movies! 
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fright Night 2: New Blood

Fangs for nothing.


Horror

Rod Lott
I'm not surprised Fright Night 2: New Blood was made expressly for home video. What does surprise me is that it is not a sequel at all. It's more or less a remake of 2011's Fright Night remake, but with entirely different actors to give it the unmistakable whiff of fan fiction. 
 
Monday, October 14, 2013

The East

'East' meets best.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Across her three films as an actress/writer/producer (2011’s Another Earth, 2012’s Sound of My Voice and this summer's unjustly ignored The East), Brit Marling has explored the subjects of cults, symbols, duplicates, identity and family. Remarkably, despite these recurring themes and a tonal similarity, each experience seems anew.
 
Monday, October 14, 2013

Room 237

Rhetoric on redrum.


Documentary

Rod Lott
The Shining is about a novelist who goes mad while hotel-sitting over a winter break. The Shining is about the white man's genocide of Native Americans. The Shining is about the Holocaust. The Shining is about how Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo moon landings. 

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shiver

Belongs in the shi**er.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Shiver's box art sports a wonderfully dark-humored tagline: "She had a good head on her shoulders ... until she met him." It recalls — if not outright rips off — Re-Animator's infamous line of "Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders … and another one on his desk."

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Hangover Part III

Let's 'Hang' again.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Once The Hangover became a monster hit in the summer of '09, a sequel was inevitable. So was the backlash, which greeted The Hangover Part II upon its arrival two years later. Complained the multiplex populace, "It's too much like the first one!" 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Secret of Crickley Hall

Trick or treat? Totally a treat.


Television series

Rod Lott

What is The Secret of Crickley Hall? Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret. The less juvenile answer: It's a superb BBC limited series that'll plunk you in the proper Halloween spirit. 

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Corruption

Grand Moff Tarkin does Grand Guignol.


Thriller

Rod Lott
During my summer vacation, I read the new book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems. It's the kind of volume I have to keep paper and pen next to me while reading, because I come across a lot of titles I must see, however difficult and rare. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to Seduce a Virgin

Not an instructional video — sorry, kiddos.


Drama

Rod Lott
One need not wait long for the really weird to rear its head in a Jess Franco flick. In the case of 1974's How to Seduce a Virgin, it's all of four minutes, when Martine flashes back to that time she cut off her lover's manhood with a straight razor — y'know, the good ol' days. 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
 
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