Movie Review: THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER

THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER | © 2017 A23

Rating: R Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar Writer: Osgood Perkins Director: Osgood Perkins Distributor: A24 Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 31, 2017 If a singer holds a note, no matter how beautifully pitched, for too long, it becomes simply sound. The same holds true of ambiguity in a horror movie. If a filmmaker tries to cast doubt over every character and every action, it can be hard to work up suspense, because it’s unclear who is in danger. This is the case with THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, written and directed by Osgood Perkins. There […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SEPTIC MAN

SEPTIC MAN | © 2014 Starz Digital Media

Rating: R Stars: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Robert Maillet, Tim Burd, Julian Richings, Stephen McHattie Writer: Tony Burgess Director: Jesse Thomas Cook Distributor: Starz Digital Media Release Date: August 15, 2014 Not for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach, SEPTIC MAN combines the horrors of serial killers, claustrophobia and psychological damage with a hefty continuing dose of physical filth. It is effective and remarkably sober, except for a derangedly cheerful country-style song over the end credits. There may be a couple of thematic similarities, but no one is going to confuse this with, say, THE TOXIC […]Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: IN FEAR

IN FEAR poster | ©2014 Anchor Bay

Rating: R Stars: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech Writer: Jeremy Lovering Director: Jeremy Lovering Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Blu-Ray/DVD/VOD Release Date: March 11, 2014 It’s hard to make any kind of a gripping movie with limited sets and very few cast members, but writer/director Jeremy Lovering succeeds with his debut feature, IN FEAR. Genre fans can relate elements of the scenario to a lot of other suspense/horror films, but IN FEAR works as an original, as well as an unexpectedly good character piece. Scotsman Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and English Lucy (Alice Englert) have only been dating for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE | (c) 2013 Radius-TWC

Rating: R Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Adam Powell Writer: Jacob Forman Director: Jonathan Levine Distributor: Radius-TWC Release Date: October 11, 2013 ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE turns out to be a movie with something on its mind. To say exactly what that is, however, risks spoiling the ending. Once we’re at the ending, there’s plenty to talk about. The movie is worthy of discussion – perhaps even thesis papers – but there’s no way of even implying why without examining it as a whole, which shouldn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SINISTER

SINISTER movie poster | ©2012 Summit Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D’Addario, Nicholas King, Vincent D’Onofrio Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Summit Release Date: October 12, 2012 Sometimes a horror movie’s success can be best judged by how jumpy a viewer is on the way back to the car after the screening. SINISTER has a few strong jump scares, but mostly it’s a build of tension and what-the-hell-is-going-on-here. It has a few holes in its mythology, including just how all this got started in the first place (maybe the […]Read On »

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