‘The Lodge’ is Just Painful–In a Good Way?

Richard (Richard Armitage), his wife Laura (Alicia Silverstone), and their kids Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) are going through a rough patch. Richard has decided that he’s in love with Grace (Riley Keough), one of the subjects of a book he wrote about cults: Grace’s father was a Jim Jones-style leader of aContinue reading “‘The Lodge’ is Just Painful–In a Good Way?”

‘Little Monsters’: You Need it in Your Life

Australian film, not to be confused with the 1989 movie of the same title, which I reviewed quite a while ago, here. Dave (Alexander England) is a subpar musician who’s just broken up with his girlfriend because they disagree on whether to have kids–he doesn’t want to. He crashes on his sister Tess’s (Kat Stewart)Continue reading “‘Little Monsters’: You Need it in Your Life”

‘The Lighthouse’ is a Seriously Good Watch (review)

It’s the late 1890s, and Ephraim (Robert Pattinson) is signing up for a one-month gig assisting at the titular (cockular?) lighthouse. Boss of the operation Tom (Willem Dafoe) is a cranky former seaman who’s jealously protective of the light tower. When they’re trapped together by a storm long after Ephraim’s stint is supposed to beContinue reading “‘The Lighthouse’ is a Seriously Good Watch (review)”

Roger Corman’s ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’: Needs More Homoeroticism and Less Whininess (review)

Not to be confused with the 1986 remake—this is the 1960 original. Seymour (Jonathan Haze) works in a Skid Row flower shop, trying to make ends meet. Among his other problems, he lives with his hypochondriac mother (Myrtle Vail), his boss Mr. Mushnick (Mel Welles) is mean, and his crush Audrey (Jackie Joseph) doesn’t noticeContinue reading “Roger Corman’s ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’: Needs More Homoeroticism and Less Whininess (review)”

1989’s ‘Little Monsters’ is Pretty Creepy for PG (review)

Brian (Fred Savage) is a young boy with a peculiar problem; he’s getting in trouble with his parents because Maurice (Howie Mandel), a monster, is stealing things and making messes, and Brian is getting blamed for it. Brian traps him, looking for an explanation, and they become friends. Maurice brings Brian to his world, whereContinue reading “1989’s ‘Little Monsters’ is Pretty Creepy for PG (review)”

‘The Legend of Bloody Mary’ is Somewhat Unremarkable (review)

Ryan (Paul Preiss) is having nightmares about a monster coming to get him; he’s been having them since his sister Amy (Rachel Taylor) disappeared six years before. Seems she was playing the game Bloody Mary (writing her name on a mirror and calling the ghost of Mary Worth) and apparently lost. Meanwhile, Ryan’s acquaintance FatherContinue reading “‘The Legend of Bloody Mary’ is Somewhat Unremarkable (review)”

Ridley Scott’s ‘Legend’ is Dazzling and Gosh-Darn Unsettling (review)

In a fairy tale land of yore, the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) plans to rid the mortal world of light so he can rule. Standing in his way are the unicorns, whose purity can withstand his evil. He fetches himself a unicorn horn, thus bringing darkness and turning the mortal world to ice. HeContinue reading “Ridley Scott’s ‘Legend’ is Dazzling and Gosh-Darn Unsettling (review)”

‘The Last Exorcism’: Great Performances and Some Creepy Stuff (review)

Shot found-footage style, and is presented as a documentary. Cotton (Patrick Fabian) is a faith healer who performs exorcisms. After realizing how exploitative exorcisms have become, he decides to film how he fakes exorcisms to discourage the performance of them. His faithful crew members Iris (Iris Bahr) and Daniel (Adam Grimes) accompany him to theContinue reading “‘The Last Exorcism’: Great Performances and Some Creepy Stuff (review)”

‘The Langoliers’: *Siiiigh* (review)

Ten passengers on a plane awake from a nap to find that everyone else—including the pilot—has disappeared. Fortunately the captain apparently put the plane on autopilot before vanishing, and Brian the off-duty pilot (David Morse) is onboard. Besides Brian, there’s British spy Nick (Mark Lindsay Chapman), schoolteacher Laurel (Patricia Wettig), blind psychic kid Dinah (KateContinue reading “‘The Langoliers’: *Siiiigh* (review)”