Deon Taylor’s ‘Dead Tone’: I Have Multiple Complaints, But I Can’t Hate It

AKA 75, AKA 7eventy 5ive. Like Deon Taylor‘s horror anthology TV show Nite Tales, the movie features Flava Flav as MC, who appears to spout nonsense and disappear in a flash of subpar special effects. The action begins at a kids’ slumber party/house party for adults. After the children play the game 75, which involvesContinue reading “Deon Taylor’s ‘Dead Tone’: I Have Multiple Complaints, But I Can’t Hate It”

‘Paranormal Activity’: Love it or Hate it, It’s a Seminal Film (review)

Katie (Katie Featherston) and her boyfriend Micah (Micah Sloat) are experiencing odd events in their home, like hearing footsteps and voices they can’t identify. Katie suspects that the demonic presence that’s been following her since she was eight has something to do with it. So she and Micah film themselves during the day and setContinue reading “‘Paranormal Activity’: Love it or Hate it, It’s a Seminal Film (review)”

‘The Messengers’: Meh (review)

American movie directed by the Pang brothers (The Eye, Bangkok Dangerous). Jess (Kristen Stewart) is a teenage girl getting a fresh start on a South Dakota farm with her family: little brother Ben (Evan and Theodore Turner), mother Denise (Penelope Ann Miller), and father Roy (Dylan McDermott). She’s at odds with her parents for anContinue reading “‘The Messengers’: Meh (review)”

‘Rise: Blood Hunter’ is…well, Lucy Liu is Awesome (review)

Sadie (Lucy Liu) is a reporter who decides it would be a swell idea to explore the sketchy neighborhood where a series of killings occurred, all by herself. (Though in her defense, no one knows they were committed by vampires.) Here’s my paraphrase of the scene when Sadie is on the phone with her colleague,Continue reading “‘Rise: Blood Hunter’ is…well, Lucy Liu is Awesome (review)”

‘Dead Silence’: Intense enough for ‘Saw’ Fans, but with Much Less Gore (review)

In the town of Raven’s Fair it’s a good idea not to scream, or one may lose one’s tongue to the ghost of Mary Shaw. Shaw was a ventriloquist who had the nasty habit of murdering local children who heckled her show. So the town rose up and killed her. However, she regularly returns fromContinue reading “‘Dead Silence’: Intense enough for ‘Saw’ Fans, but with Much Less Gore (review)”

‘A Brush with Death’ is More Like a Brush with Mediocrity (review)

Low budget movie, supposedly “based on true events.” Five teenage girls (cheerleaders, natch) head to a relative’s mansion for the weekend, and decide instead to visit the house nearby where a young boy killed his sociopath brother. They come across a few red herrings: gentle Caleb, his sadistic boss, and hottie Regan. When one ofContinue reading “‘A Brush with Death’ is More Like a Brush with Mediocrity (review)”