‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’: Worth Watching, Even if You’re Not a Fan of the Show (review)

Remakes of episodes of The Twilight Zone, organized into four stories. Segment 1 involves angry, racist white man Bill (Vic Morrow) being suddenly transported back in time; he finds himself in the shoes of oppressed members of society, namely a Jewish man in Nazi Germany, a Black man being hunted by the KKK, and aContinue reading “‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’: Worth Watching, Even if You’re Not a Fan of the Show (review)”

1997’s ‘Campfire Tales’ is Fun and a Little Scary, but Kinda Predictable (review)

Anthology-style movie. The wraparound story is of four teens (Christine Taylor, Chris Masterson, Kim Murphy, and Jay R. Ferguson) who are stranded in the woods after a car crash, and they’re telling each other stories to pass the time, as one does. “The Hook” concerns a pair of young folks (Amy Smart and James Marsden)Continue reading “1997’s ‘Campfire Tales’ is Fun and a Little Scary, but Kinda Predictable (review)”

‘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 Vault of Horror’: Feast Your Peepers on This, Boils and Ghouls! (review)

Based on the comic book series from the ‘50s (it was like Tales from the Crypt, only hosted by the Vaultkeeper rather than the Cryptkeeper—though both were mined for episodes of the TV show). Done as an anthology, the wraparound story involves five gents meeting and discussing their strange dreams. In “Midnight Mess,” Harold (DanielContinue reading “‘The Vault of Horror’: Feast Your Peepers on This, Boils and Ghouls! (review)”

1995’s ‘Tales from the Hood’: Still Shocking, Creepy, and Anti-Racist (review)

Horror anthology which is, as the title suggests, often set in the ‘hood. There are four segments with a wraparound story: three gangsters in a funeral home (Joe Torry, De’aundre Bonds, and Samuel Monroe Jr.) are being told about the corpses by the proprietor (Clarence Williams III). “Rogue Cop Revelation” concerns Clarence (Anthony Griffith), aContinue reading “1995’s ‘Tales from the Hood’: Still Shocking, Creepy, and Anti-Racist (review)”

‘Tales from the Darkside: The Movie’: Darkly Funny and Surprisingly Gory (review)

Rated R version of the ’80s TV show, divided into three segments. The wraparound story involves little Timmy (Matthew Lawrence), who’s trying to avoid being cooked for a dinner party by Betty (Deborah Harry) and is distracting her with tales. “Lot 249,” adapted from an Arthur Conan Doyle story, involves poor college student Bellingham (SteveContinue reading “‘Tales from the Darkside: The Movie’: Darkly Funny and Surprisingly Gory (review)”