Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’: The Master Outdoes Himself! (review)

Spain, 1944, during the Spanish Revolution. Young girl Ofelia’s (Ivana Baquero) pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) has just married the leader of the effort to suppress the resistance, Captain Vidal (Sergi Lopez). Ofelia, obsessed with fantasy stories, finds herself in a real-life fairy tale when a faun (Doug Jones), recognizing her as the reincarnation ofContinue reading “Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’: The Master Outdoes Himself! (review)”

‘Mimic’: Get Ready to Get Bugged! (review)

Due to an epidemic affecting children that happens to be carried by cockroaches, New York entomologist Dr. Susan (Mira Sorvino) engineers a “Judas” beetle that will kill the nasties. In the process, the Judas beetle keeps mutating—so much so that it begins to “mimic its predator”—us. It’s up to Susan, her partner Dr. Peter (JeremyContinue reading “‘Mimic’: Get Ready to Get Bugged! (review)”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is, Beyond a Doubt…Really…Something…(review)

Alvin Schwartz’s series of three Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books were published nearly forty years ago, and generations of people have grown up reading them. Now imagine the pressure of adapting those beloved books into one movie. Consider that the stories in the book are based on folklore and urban legends, andContinue reading “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is, Beyond a Doubt…Really…Something…(review)”

‘Blade II’ is Chock Full of Action and Gore (review)

Blade (Wesley Snipes), the half-vampire/half-human vampire hunter, returns. This time, he’s accepting a truce from the Vampire Nation. It seems there’s an anomaly causing the bloodsuckers to mutate into drooling Venus-flytrap-faced lunatics that are deadly to the un-mutated. Along with his human associates Scud (Norman Reedus) and Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), who magically returns from theContinue reading “‘Blade II’ is Chock Full of Action and Gore (review)”