‘The Ouija Experiment’ is Unintentionally Silly but Pleasantly Diverse (review)

Documentary/found footage style movie about Brandon (Carson Underwood), a film student making a YouTube feature about four acquaintances using a Ouija board. They are his film school buddy Shay (Belmarie Huynh), her boyfriend Calvin (Eric Window), Calvin’s sister La’Nette (Swisyzinna), and the siblings’ friend Michael (Justin Armstrong). After the group has a few too manyContinue reading “‘The Ouija Experiment’ is Unintentionally Silly but Pleasantly Diverse (review)”

‘Soul Survivors’: Creepy, but Not in a Good Way (review)

Cassie (Melissa Sagemiller) is a college student plagued by the ghost of her dead boyfriend Sean (Casey Affleck), whom she accidentally killed in a car accident. She also continuously hallucinates two guys in masks who keep trying to kill her—and occasionally succeed. Her friends Matt (Wes Bentley) and Annie (Eliza Dushku) don’t believe her, butContinue reading “‘Soul Survivors’: Creepy, but Not in a Good Way (review)”

‘Poltergeist II: The Other Side’: One of the Better Sequels You’re Apt to Come Across (review)

The film picks up a while after the first one left off (being made four years after the original). The Freelings (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, and Oliver Robins return as Diane, Steve, Carol Anne, and Robbie, respectively) are poor and living with Diane’s mother (Geraldine Fitzgerald), who promptly dies. Meanwhile, Tangina (ZeldaContinue reading “‘Poltergeist II: The Other Side’: One of the Better Sequels You’re Apt to Come Across (review)”

1982’s ‘Madman’ Has it All: Boobs, Murder, and…Philosophy (review)

Released two years after Friday the 13th, with basically the same plot: crazy guy mows down naughty camp counselors. Except this guy has a way more awesome back-story (and his own theme song): Madman Marz was an evil farmer/axe murderer who was hanged by townspeople and left for dead. At the mention of his nameContinue reading “1982’s ‘Madman’ Has it All: Boobs, Murder, and…Philosophy (review)”

Ernest R. Dickerson’s ‘Bones’ is Haunting and Gritty (review)

Snoop Dogg is Jimmy Bones, who, back in the ‘70s, was his neighborhood godfather (or doggfather, as the case may be). He’s betrayed and killed in his home by his greedy business partner Jeremiah (Clifton Powell), drug dealer Eddie (Ricky Harris), and crooked cop Lupovich (Michael T. Weiss), while his girlfriend Pearl (Pam Grier) isContinue reading “Ernest R. Dickerson’s ‘Bones’ is Haunting and Gritty (review)”

‘The Blair Witch Project’ is Dirty, Raw, and Original (review)

“In October of 1994, three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.” Heather (Heather Donahue), Josh (Joshua Leonard), and Mike (Michael C. Williams) are making a documentary about the mysterious Blair Witch. They misplace their map and get lost in the woods.Continue reading “‘The Blair Witch Project’ is Dirty, Raw, and Original (review)”

1977’s ‘Audrey Rose’ is Thought-Provoking and Groovy (review)

Janice (Marsha Mason) and Bill Templeton (John Beck) have a simple and happy life with their young daughter Ivy (Susan Swift). Suddenly a stranger (Anthony Hopkins) begins following them around, focusing particularly on Ivy. When they confront him, Elliot reveals that he believes Ivy is the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose, who burned toContinue reading “1977’s ‘Audrey Rose’ is Thought-Provoking and Groovy (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) 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 otherworldly animals skulking about the family property. Betsy’s father John (DonaldContinue reading “‘An American Haunting’ is…Definitely Less Ridiculous than the Book it’s Based On (review)”