‘Annabelle Comes Home’: It’s No ‘Conjuring,’ but You Can’t Go Wrong with the James Wan-iverse

The movie opens, in case we forgot, with Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) collecting the evil Annabelle doll from the two nurses who were in possession of it and bringing it home to lock in the evil-shit-you-never-touch room. If you need a recap of the previous movies, here are synopses from Wikipedia: AnnabelleContinue reading “‘Annabelle Comes Home’: It’s No ‘Conjuring,’ but You Can’t Go Wrong with the James Wan-iverse”

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

Janice (Marsha Mason) and Bill Templeton (John Beck) have a simple and happy life with their young daughter Ivy (Susan Swift). Suddenly a stranger (Anthony Hopkins) begins following them around, focusing particularly on Ivy. When they confront him, Elliot reveals that he believes Ivy is the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose, who burned toContinue 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 (Nick Cassavetes) are repairing their shuttle and there’s an explosion, causing them to lose contact with NASA. Upon returning home, both men begin acting strangely. Shortly after, Jillian discoversContinue 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 his wife passing away 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, hail,Continue reading “‘The Abominable Dr. Phibes’ is an Utter Classic (review)”

‘Aberration’ (1997) is Ridiculous but Entertaining (review)

Amy (Pamela Gidley) has just stolen fifty thousand dollars from her ex-boyfriend Uri (Valeriy Nikolaev) and needs to hole up for a while, so she heads to a secluded cabin. Unfortunately there’s a bunch of green goo around, which spawns lizards that are “evolving into a more efficient predator.” They have teeth, spit poison, growContinue reading “‘Aberration’ (1997) is Ridiculous but Entertaining (review)”

‘Arachnophobia’ Stands up to the Test of Time (review)

  While on a job in Venezuela, a photographer is killed by a very poisonous and very bitey new breed of spider. The little bugger happily rides home with the corpse to a small town in America. Ross (Jeff Daniels), the town’s new doctor, is unfortunately quite afraid of spiders, but now has to dealContinue reading “‘Arachnophobia’ Stands up to the Test of Time (review)”

‘April Fool’s Day’ is Fun and Delightfully Dated (review)

A group of twenty-something friends and acquaintances are heading to an island to celebrate their friend Muffy’s birthday. Once there, they run into trouble when they discover there’s a killer among them and no way off the island. Meanwhile Muffy’s behavior is becoming increasingly erratic. It seems everyone present has “little secrets” they’d like toContinue reading “‘April Fool’s Day’ is Fun and Delightfully Dated (review)”

‘An American Haunting’ is…Definitely Less Ridiculous than the Book it’s Based On (review)

  It’s 1817, and Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is a teenage girl who appears to be either possessed or haunted by an angry ghost who slaps her and pulls the blankets off of her bed, among other things. There are also weird noises and otherworldly animals skulking about the family property. Betsy’s father John (DonaldContinue reading “‘An American Haunting’ is…Definitely Less Ridiculous than the Book it’s Based On (review)”

Park Ky-hyeong’s ‘Acacia’ is Gorgeous and Melancholy (review)

Korean movie. Mi-sook (Shim Hye-jin) and Do-il (Jin-geun Kim) are a married couple who are having trouble conceiving a child. They adopt an artistic loner named Jin-sung (Oh-bin Mun). He adjusts fairly well, with the help of his adopted parents, Do-il’s father, and new friend Min-jee (Na-yoon Jeong)—though he seems to think the acacia treeContinue reading “Park Ky-hyeong’s ‘Acacia’ is Gorgeous and Melancholy (review)”