‘Creepshow 2’: Dimestore Morality and Creative Gore (review)

Inspired by the EC comics of the 1950s (and of course the original film), it’s an anthology of three segments. “Ol’ Chief Wood’nhead” concerns a kindly shopkeeper (George Kennedy) whose wooden Indian statue takes revenge after a robbery. “The Raft” is about four college students on a lake menaced by a hungry blob. “The Hitch-Hiker”Continue reading “‘Creepshow 2’: Dimestore Morality and Creative Gore (review)”

‘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)”

1987s’ ‘The Stepfather’: A Twisted Take on Suburbia and “Father Knows Best” (review)

Not to be confused with the remake—this is the 1987 original. Jerry (Terry O’Quinn) is a nice guy. He’s all about family values. He’s a genial real estate agent, a fun neighbor, and a loving husband and stepfather. He’s also a serial killer who likes to marry into families and murder all of the members.Continue reading “1987s’ ‘The Stepfather’: A Twisted Take on Suburbia and “Father Knows Best” (review)”

1987’s ‘The Monster Squad’ Withstands the Test of Time (review)

In the late 1800s, Van Helsing and pals try to kill all of Universal Studio’s lineup: Dracula (Duncan Regehr), Frankenstein’s monster (Tom Noonan), the Mummy (Michael Reid MacKay), the Wolfman (Carl Thibault), and Gillman (the Creature from the Black Lagoon) (Tom Woodruff Jr.). “They blew it.” So 100 years later, the task is left toContinue reading “1987’s ‘The Monster Squad’ Withstands the Test of Time (review)”

‘From a Whisper to a Scream’ is a Seedy Gorefest with a Little Social Upheaval–Love it! (review)

Mid-’80s Vincent Price movie, AKA The Offspring; it’s told in four segments with a wraparound story. Having just witnessed the execution of a serial killer, reporter Beth (Susan Tyrrell) pays the dead woman’s uncle Julian (Price) a visit. He sits her down and explains how his town of Oldfield, Tennessee poisoned his niece’s mind by demonstratingContinue reading “‘From a Whisper to a Scream’ is a Seedy Gorefest with a Little Social Upheaval–Love it! (review)”

1987’s ‘Flowers in the Attic’ is Disturbing but Delightfully Trashy (review)

When her husband dies suddenly, Corrine (Victoria Tennant) has to pack up her four children: six-year-olds Carrie (Lindsay Parker) and Cory (Ben Ryan Ganger) and teenagers Cathy (Kristy Swanson) and Christopher (Jeb Stuart Adams), and reunite with her wealthy estranged parents, whom she hasn’t seen in 17 years because she married her uncle, and pleadContinue reading “1987’s ‘Flowers in the Attic’ is Disturbing but Delightfully Trashy (review)”

1988’s ‘The Stay Awake’ is Entertaining and Somewhat Original (review)

The film opens with the death of Brown, murderer of eleven women, who vows revenge on his executioners. Cut to St. Mary’s School for Girls, where eight students and their den mother Miss Walton are raising money by staying awake at the school all night (hence the title). Brown decides to give them a visit,Continue reading “1988’s ‘The Stay Awake’ is Entertaining and Somewhat Original (review)”

1987’s ‘The Gate’ Offers a Bodacious Mix of Humor and Horror (review)

  About young Glen (Stephen Dorff) and his big sister Al (Christa Denton, The Bad Seed 1985), who are home alone for the weekend. With the help of their friend Terry (Louis Tripp, Gate II: The Trespassers), they accidentally turn a hole in the backyard into a portal to hell. Seems the combination of aContinue reading “1987’s ‘The Gate’ Offers a Bodacious Mix of Humor and Horror (review)”