‘The Call’ (2020): Make The Call to Watch it

Not to be confused with the Korean movie from 2020 that’s also titled The Call. It’s 1987, and awkward kid Chris (Chester Rushing) is adjusting to life in his new high school. He’s befriended by Tonya (Erin Sanders), Zack (Mike Manning), and Brett (Sloane Morgan Siegel), who have a grudge against Edith Cranston (Lin Shaye)Continue reading “‘The Call’ (2020): Make The Call to Watch it”

‘Theatre of Blood’: Vincent Price, the One and Only (Plus Some Other People, I Guess) (review)

Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) is a mediocre stage actor who, upon being denied the Critics Circle Award, attempts suicide, is rescued by a bevy of homeless men, and plots an elaborate revenge on the nine critics who panned his performances. Since he refused to do anything but Shakespeare, the killings are copied from the Bard’sContinue reading “‘Theatre of Blood’: Vincent Price, the One and Only (Plus Some Other People, I Guess) (review)”

‘Sleeping with the Enemy’: Still a Good Solid (Creepy) Movie (review)

Laura (Julia Roberts) is married to Martin (Patrick Bergin), a batterer. She knows if she runs away he’ll find her, so she fakes her own death by pretending to drown and starts a new life in a small town far away. Her next-door neighbor Ben (Kevin Anderson) helps her learn to trust and love safely,Continue reading “‘Sleeping with the Enemy’: Still a Good Solid (Creepy) Movie (review)”

‘The Rage: Carrie 2’–Call Me Nostalgic, but it’s an Ambitious and Well-Made Sequel (review)

Twenty-three years after the original comes a sequel, continuing in the same town. Seems Carrie’s father had a child with another woman, who, go figure, is also a religious zealot. Being raised in one uncaring foster home after another does little to improve young Rachel’s (Emily Bergl) morale, and she becomes a surly sixteen-year-old goth.Continue reading “‘The Rage: Carrie 2’–Call Me Nostalgic, but it’s an Ambitious and Well-Made Sequel (review)”

‘Hard Candy’: Not for the Squeamish (review)

Jeff (Patrick Wilson) is a thirty-two-year-old photographer, and when he’s not taking pictures of underage girls for a living, he’s picking them up through the internet. His newest online prey is fourteen-year-old Hayley (Ellen Page), who agrees to go back to his house and pose for him. Unfortunately for Jeff, Hayley is not as sweetContinue reading “‘Hard Candy’: Not for the Squeamish (review)”

‘Feardotcom’: A Lovely Series of Plot Holes (review)

Feardotcom(.com) is a website run by serial killer Alistair (Stephen Rea), who believes that “Reducing relationships to anonymous electronic impulses is a perversion.” His solution: kidnap young women and film himself torturing them until they beg to die, thus creating “intimacy with death.” Protagonist Mike (Stephen Dorff) is the detective who’s been hunting him forContinue reading “‘Feardotcom’: A Lovely Series of Plot Holes (review)”

‘The Crow’: Maybe it’s Nostalgia Talking, but the Film is Haunting and Memorable (review)

Metal singer Eric (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée Shelly are brutally murdered in their home by a gang of thugs. But, as legend goes, “when someone dies a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with them and the soulContinue reading “‘The Crow’: Maybe it’s Nostalgia Talking, but the Film is Haunting and Memorable (review)”