Christopher Denham’s ‘Home Movie’ is a Winner

The movie documents the Poe family: father David (Adrian Pasdar), a pastor, mother Clare (Cady McClain), the chief resident of the child psychiatry unit at a hospital, and children, ten-year-old twins Emily (Amber Joy Williams) and Jack (Austin Williams). David and Clare have an inkling of how abnormal and cruel the kids are, but whenContinue reading “Christopher Denham’s ‘Home Movie’ is a Winner”

‘Pathology’: Restrained and Thought-Provoking, But the Characters Suck (review)

Ted (Milo Ventimiglia) is the newest pathology resident at the county morgue. His group of peers there are arrogant jerks, from leader Jake (Michael Weston), interchangeable white guy number 1 Griffin (Johnny Whitworth), interchangeable white guy number 2 Chip (Dan Callahan), unremarkable Catherine (Meiling Melançon, and sex kitten Juliette (Lauren Lee Smith), who’s sort ofContinue reading “‘Pathology’: Restrained and Thought-Provoking, But the Characters Suck (review)”

‘Parasomnia’: GhoulieJoe Angry! (review)

Danny (Dylan McKnight) is a sad sack who’s moping over his girlfriend leaving him. He cheers up in a hurry when, while visiting a friend in drug rehab, he spies Laura (Cherilyn Wilson), a traditionally attractive girl with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. This is characterized by her sleeping most of the time and having nightmares, thoughContinue reading “‘Parasomnia’: GhoulieJoe Angry! (review)”

‘The Midnight Meat Train’: Exquisite and Eerie (review)

Leon (Bradley Cooper) is a photographer looking to capture the brutal heart of New York City. He gets more than he bargained for when he comes across Mahogany (Vinnie Jones), a serial killer who hunts his victims on the late-night subway (as suggested by the title). Leon, intrigued by Mahogany, tracks him, and finds outContinue reading “‘The Midnight Meat Train’: Exquisite and Eerie (review)”

‘The Strangers’: Dark, Disturbing, and All Too Plausible (movie review)

Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) are a couple staying in an out-of-the way vacation house. They’re menaced and tormented by three masked sociopaths (Gemma Ward, Laura Margolis, and Kip Weeks). First and foremost, The Strangers is darn creepy. The magic of this movie is its wondrous subtlety. For example the scene when theContinue reading “‘The Strangers’: Dark, Disturbing, and All Too Plausible (movie review)”

The Ruins: Give Plants a Chance! (review)

College student Amy (Jena Malone), her boyfriend Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), Eric (Shawn Ashmore), and his girlfriend Stacy (Laura Ramsey) are on vacation in Mexico when they meet friendly Mathias (Joe Anderson), who invites them to join him on a trip to a Mayan temple that his brother is exploring. Once there, they discover the MayanContinue reading “The Ruins: Give Plants a Chance! (review)”

‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’: Dark, Witty, Campy–with Awesome Songs! (review)

It’s the not-too-distant future, and an epidemic of organ failures gives rise to Geneco, an organ financing conglomerate that helps people “cheat death for now.” Surgery becomes a fashion statement, and organ repossession becomes legal. Since everyone is now in debt, the Repo Man (Anthony Stewart Head) makes a brisk business. But he also hasContinue reading “‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’: Dark, Witty, Campy–with Awesome Songs! (review)”

‘Quarantine’: Somebody Call a Wah-mbulance (review)

Remake of Jaume Balagueró’s Rec, directed by John Erick Dowdle. Reporter Angela (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) are doing a piece on firefighters. They ride along with firemen Fletcher (Jonathan Schaech) and Jake (Jay Hernandez) on a call to an apartment building where one of the residents has been heard screaming. TurnsContinue reading “‘Quarantine’: Somebody Call a Wah-mbulance (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)”

‘Igor’: My Kind of Family (Re)Animation Movie (review)

Malaria is a simple country, where the people are poor and sell evil inventions to support themselves. It’s populated mainly by mad scientists and their assistants, called Igors, who are second-class citizens. One particular Igor (John Cusack) is our protagonist. When his master Dr. Glickenstein (John Cleese) dies unexpectedly, he sees his chance to pursueContinue reading “‘Igor’: My Kind of Family (Re)Animation Movie (review)”