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A Haunting in Cawdor Movie Review

Mar 09, 2016 No Comments

Cary Elwes deserves a better fate in A Haunting in Cawdor. Distinguished veteran of The Princess Bride, Glory, and Saw, to name a few, here Elwes elevates a script long on potential but short on results. It’s a shame, too, given such a promising start. Vivian Miller (Shelby Young) is a troubled young woman who […]

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Deadly Famous Movie Review

Feb 16, 2016 No Comments

Early success in Hollywood, whether for child actors or one-hit wonders, leads more often to ostracism than Oscars. Take the case of Alan Miller. Here’s a self-professed Shakespearian actor whose career has been stuck in reverse for 20 years. Is he waiting tables? No, he’s simply growing more bitter with every passing day, even as […]

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OMG… We’re in a Horror Movie!!! Review

Feb 04, 2016 No Comments

We’re all familiar with horror movie clichés. Let’s face it, fright films may be the most parodied of all genres. The Wayans brothers and their affiliates turned the Scream franchise into comedy gold with their Scary Movie collection. Cabin in the Woods ranks as both parody and classic. Slither is sensationally funny and cynical. And […]

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The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

Jan 26, 2016 No Comments

Amy Thomsett found herself sleeping one too many times on the ceiling, so it’s off to boarding school for this young girl with the ability to float. So begins Kim Newman’s The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. As a title, it’s a mouthful. As a novel, it’s a marvel. Newman, the British author who is […]

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The Laughing Mask Movie Review

Dec 17, 2015 No Comments

I’m at a loss for words. There are only so many synonyms for “bad.” The Laughing Mask, directed by Michael Aguiar and a cast that should seek refuge in the witness protection program, is such a mess of a movie that it hardly qualifies as cinematic. It’s so disjointed and disastrous as to be, uh, […]

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The Horror Network Movie Review

Nov 12, 2015 No Comments

Considering The Horror Network Vol. 1 has been floating in the ether – if not in theaters – for a year or two, we’re a little late to the party with this review. But let’s assume compliments have no expiration date. As anthologies go, this won’t rank up there with Creepshow or even venerable TV […]

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Windsor Drive Movie Review

Nov 05, 2015 No Comments

So let’s imagine you go to film school, fall in love with, say, David Lynch, learn every trick in the book , hire a few pretty actors, write a gaggle of disconnected sentences, throw it all into a blender and push the button for puree. What dribbles out is some slushy mess called Windsor Drive. […]

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Backwater Movie Review

Oct 27, 2015 No Comments

Movies with a camping motif usually end up in one of two, well, camps — comedy or horror. With Backwater, director Christopher Schrack intends the latter but unintentionally earns a few head-scratching chuckles. There’s the unexplained Australian accent of Cass (Liana Werner-Gray), the shattered rear window that’s mistakenly called a windshield, and the l-o-n-g pauses […]

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