‘Mirrormask’: I Dislike the Fantasy Genre, but I’ll Make an Exception (review)

Written by Neil Gaiman, with special effects by The Jim Henson Company, blending CGI with live action. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is a bratty teenage girl whose parents run a circus, which she hates (as she says, “I want to run away and join real life”). After her mother (Gina McKee) becomes sick (shortly following anContinue reading “‘Mirrormask’: I Dislike the Fantasy Genre, but I’ll Make an Exception (review)”

A Side Trip into Neuroticism: Some Extra Thoughts on the Movie ‘Feed’

Feed is a movie about a detective (Phillip) tracking a serial killer (Michael) who kills women by overfeeding them until they die. He takes bets on when they’ll die and exploits them sexually. I wrote a review about the technical aspects of the movie, but I had a more personal reaction to the film thanContinue reading “A Side Trip into Neuroticism: Some Extra Thoughts on the Movie ‘Feed’”

‘Urban Legends: Bloody Mary’: Pillow Fights, Gore, Plot Holes, and More Gore! (review)

Directed by Mary Lambert. It’s 1969, and unpopular Mary (Lillith Fields) is going to the dance with popular jock Willy. Of course it’s all part of a prank, the idea being to drug Mary and two of her friends, then ditch them. Unfortunately Willy ends up knocking her out, then stuffing her in a trunkContinue reading “‘Urban Legends: Bloody Mary’: Pillow Fights, Gore, Plot Holes, and More Gore! (review)”

‘J-Horror Anthology: Underworld’–Gore on a Limited Financial Plan (review)

Japanese movie, organized into six segments. “Chain Mail” shows three snobby girls getting their comeuppance from a girl they accidentally killed; “Left Behind in the Mountain” features a cruel prankster being taught a lesson; “Tattoo” is about a prostitute with a supernatural ink job; “Lost in Memory” concerns three young men and their ethereal friend;Continue reading “‘J-Horror Anthology: Underworld’–Gore on a Limited Financial Plan (review)”

Takashi Shimizu’s ‘Reincarnation’ is Unpredictable and Creepy (review)

Japanese movie, AKA Rinne, directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge). The horror begins in the ‘70s, when a professor kills his two young children at a hotel, as well as nine other guests and staff members, for an experiment involving reincarnation. It indeed seems to have had some effect, as thirty years later angry spiritsContinue reading “Takashi Shimizu’s ‘Reincarnation’ is Unpredictable and Creepy (review)”

‘Cello’ is Subtle but Powerful (review)

Korean movie. Mi-ju is a music professor recovering from a car accident in which her friend Tae-yeon was killed. She has no memory of the accident, only a giant scar on her arm. Her life takes a turn for the worse after listening to a cassette tape of her and Tae-yeon playing music. Her familyContinue reading “‘Cello’ is Subtle but Powerful (review)”

‘Boogeyman’ is Safe for the Faint of Heart–and Easy on the Eyes (2005) (review)

Tim (Barry Watson) is haunted by his past, figuratively and literally. He’s disturbed by memories like his dad locking him in a closet, but he’s also bothered by the fact that his dad was killed by the boogeyman. (Kids! You never know what’s gonna set ’em off.) When his mother dies, Tim returns to hisContinue reading “‘Boogeyman’ is Safe for the Faint of Heart–and Easy on the Eyes (2005) (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)”

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

It’s 1817, and Betsy Bell (Rachel Hurd-Wood, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) 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 weird animals skulking about the family property.Continue reading “‘An American Haunting’ is…Definitely Less Ridiculous than the Book it’s Based On (review)”