Babak Anvari’s ‘Wounds’ is Profoundly Disturbing–in a Very Good Way

Will (Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name, On the Basis of Sex) is an apathetic bartender who finds a phone left by four college kids. He ends up bringing it home and becoming obsessed with it. His girlfriend Carrie (Dakota Johnson, Suspiria 2018, Bad Times at the El Royale) pleads with him to turn it in toContinue reading “Babak Anvari’s ‘Wounds’ is Profoundly Disturbing–in a Very Good Way”

‘The Witches of Eastwick’: Eerie, Dark, and Raunchy (review)

Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer), Jane (Susan Sarandon), and Alex (Cher) are three lonely friends who can cause stuff to happen when they’re together, like make it rain on a boring school assembly. It seems like their mutual wish for a man is granted when a mysterious wealthy stranger breezes into town. All three fall for DarylContinue reading “‘The Witches of Eastwick’: Eerie, Dark, and Raunchy (review)”

‘Wishcraft’: Pizzle, I Say, Pizzle! (review)

Brett (Michael Weston) is a nerdy high schooler with a crush on Sam (Alexandra Holden), a popular girl with a jock boyfriend. His life changes seemingly for the better when an unknown benefactor gives him a wishing totem (a “bull pizzle”). He wishes that Sam would be his girlfriend, which she does. But he wondersContinue reading “‘Wishcraft’: Pizzle, I Say, Pizzle! (review)”

2006’s ‘The Wicker Man’: A Towering Garbage Fire or Just the Remake We Needed? (review)

Police officer Edward (Nicolas Cage) has been contacted by his ex-girlfriend Willow (Kate Beahan), who tells him that (a) they have a daughter named Rowan and (b) she’s missing. He heads down to Summersisle, a small island in Puget Sound, to find her. He runs afoul of a strange matriarchy of wannabe pagans who areContinue reading “2006’s ‘The Wicker Man’: A Towering Garbage Fire or Just the Remake We Needed? (review)”

‘White Zombie’: A Couple of Powerful Scenes and a Mighty Heap of Issues (review)

The movie Rob Zombie’s original band was named after. Couple Madeline (Madge Bellamy) and Neil (John Harron) are about to be married in the West Indies. Alas, Madeline’s friend Charles (Robert Frazer) wants her for himself, and enlists the help of Legendre (Bela Lugosi) to make her a zombie. (Not a flesh-eating zombie, but theContinue reading “‘White Zombie’: A Couple of Powerful Scenes and a Mighty Heap of Issues (review)”

Whispering Corridors: Memento Mori is Heartfelt, Pensive, and Lovely (review)

Korean movie, the second in the Whispering Corridors series. Min-ah is a teenager at a girls’ school who finds a journal written by her classmates, couple Shi-eun and Hyo-shin. They love each other, but the pressure surrounding them doesn’t make anything easy. When their relationship ends in tragedy, no one at the school is safeContinue reading “Whispering Corridors: Memento Mori is Heartfelt, Pensive, and Lovely (review)”

‘Whispering Corridors’: High School is Terrifying (review)

Korean movie directed by Ky-heong Park, AKA Yeogo Goedam. According to its theatrical trailer, this is the movie that started the “Asian horror revolution” (now that’s a movement I can get behind!). Eun-young is a new teacher at the private girls’ school that she once graduated from. She’s haunted by the memory of her friendContinue reading “‘Whispering Corridors’: High School is Terrifying (review)”

‘When a Stranger Calls Back’: Classy Horror with Genuine Scares

As with When a Stranger Calls, this one concerns a babysitter (Jill Schoelen) menaced by a scary guy (only this one comes to the door, making a liar of the title) (Gene Lythgow) who won’t leave her alone, even returning five years later to hassle her in college. Julia is assisted by Jill (Carol Kane),Continue reading “‘When a Stranger Calls Back’: Classy Horror with Genuine Scares”

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is Twisted and Thrilling (review)

Baby Jane is basically Shirley Temple, a child star singing and dancing her way to fame. She’s extremely spoiled, and mistreats her sister Blanche, who looks more like Wednesday Addams. Flash forward 18 years: Blanche (Joan Crawford) is an established movie star, while Jane (Bette Davis) is pretty much booed out of Hollywood for notContinue reading “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is Twisted and Thrilling (review)”

1986’s ‘The Wraith’: Nice Cars, Cool Explosions, and Charlie Sheen (review)

Packard (Nick Cassavetes) is a mean guy who likes to race teenagers for pink slips, cheating when he’s going to lose. He and his gang of punks: preppie guy Minty, bandanna-wearing Oggie, high-pitched Gutterboy, referee RUghead (Clint Howard), and Skank, who’s always drinking random hazardous stuff, find Packard’s sort-of girlfriend Keri (Sherilyn Fenn) in bedContinue reading “1986’s ‘The Wraith’: Nice Cars, Cool Explosions, and Charlie Sheen (review)”