‘Blade II’ is Chock Full of Action and Gore (review)

  Blade (Wesley Snipes), the half-vampire half-human vampire hunter, returns. This time, he’s accepting a truce from the Vampire Nation. It seems there’s an anomaly causing vampires to mutate into drooling Venus-flytrap-faced lunatics that are deadly to other vampires. He reluctantly joins up with a crack team of vampires, along with his human associates ScudContinue reading “‘Blade II’ is Chock Full of Action and Gore (review)”

‘Bitter Feast’ is Sharp and Darkly Funny (review)

  Peter (James LeGros, The Last Winter) is the host of his own cooking show, and also the chef at a chic gourmet restaurant. He focuses on organic, sustainable ways of eating, for example cooking a deer he killed and butchered himself. Unfortunately his technique doesn’t garner enough ratings, and Peter loses the show andContinue reading “‘Bitter Feast’ is Sharp and Darkly Funny (review)”

1972’s ‘Ben’ is Surprisingly Heartwarming (review)

  Danny (Lee Montgomery, Burnt Offerings) is a lonely young boy with heart problems. He makes friends with a rat he calls Ben. His mother and older sister are disturbed by his choice of companion, especially when Ben and his fellow rats attack a boy who bullied Danny. Eventually Ben and his gang do so muchContinue reading “1972’s ‘Ben’ is Surprisingly Heartwarming (review)”

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is Funny and Entertaining–to the Max! (review)

Not to be confused with the T.V. show of the same name; this is the 1992 film that the show sprang from. Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is a vapid cheerleader whose biggest responsibility is choosing a theme for the upcoming school dance. Then she meets Merrick (Donald Sutherland), who informs her that she’s the latest incarnationContinue reading “‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is Funny and Entertaining–to the Max! (review)”

‘B.T.K.’ is a Fascinating Look at a Real-life Killer (review)

Dennis Rader (Kane Hodder) is a seemingly mild-mannered government worker who gets urges to kill people, so he promptly does. Based on a real serial killer, the film shows his spiral of compulsion, murder, and finally his capture. In the roughly bazillion movies about real life serial killers, this one stands out to me. NotContinue reading “‘B.T.K.’ is a Fascinating Look at a Real-life Killer (review)”

Five Things I Have to Grudgingly Concede About the 1997 Remake of ‘The Shining’

Of course it’s blasphemy to say that the remake of The Shining is superior to Stanley Kubrick’s original, but there are still some things to like about it. I’m working on a writing project about horror movies and parenting, and I’m writing a sub-section about psychotic parents. I tried to use the original, but JackContinue reading “Five Things I Have to Grudgingly Concede About the 1997 Remake of ‘The Shining’”

Five Songs That Make Me Shake My Head at the Narrators

This is a piece I wrote a while back and finally got around to doing my final polish. Many songs involve an unreliable or unlikable narrator whom the listener isn’t supposed to trust or like. For example Dave Matthews Band’s “Don’t Drink the Water,” which describes the horrors of colonialism through the eyes of someoneContinue reading “Five Songs That Make Me Shake My Head at the Narrators”

1977’s ‘Audrey Rose’ is Thought-Provoking and Groovy (review)

Janice and Bill Templeton have a simple and happy life with their young daughter Ivy. Suddenly a stranger (Anthony Hopkins) begins following them around, particularly Ivy. When they confront him, he reveals that his name is Elliot and he believes Ivy is the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose, who burned to death in aContinue reading “1977’s ‘Audrey Rose’ is Thought-Provoking and Groovy (review)”

‘The Astronaut’s Wife’ is a Creepy Thriller (review)

Jillian (Charlize Theron) is, as the title suggests, married to an astronaut, Spencer (Johnny Depp). While on a trip to space, he and his coworker Alex (Tom Noonan) are repairing their shuttle and there’s an explosion, causing them to lose contact with NASA. Upon returning home, Alex soon dies. While Spencer is physically fine, heContinue reading “‘The Astronaut’s Wife’ is a Creepy Thriller (review)”

‘The Abominable Dr. Phibes’ is an Utter Classic (review)

Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) is a man so rocked by the death of his wife on the operating table (his being horribly disfigured in a car wreck doesn’t help matters) he decides to kill the eight doctors and one nurse who couldn’t save her, with nine of the ten Biblical plagues: boils, bats, frogs, blood,Continue reading “‘The Abominable Dr. Phibes’ is an Utter Classic (review)”