For movie watchers, few things can be more frustrating than films that begin with a sequence of immense promise, only to show over the remainder that the emperor truly wears no clothes. Two new examples come from the horror realm.
Until now, Ethan Hawke was having a wonderful year. Before Midnight, the third leg of his trilogy with director Richard Linklater and actress Julie Delpy, brought waves of critical acclaim and talk of another Oscar nomination for their collaborative screenplay, while The Purge turned a meager investment into a highly profitable box-office take.
Neither a chain of spice stores nor a Food Network program, The Seasoning House is a bleak-as-nuclear-winter thriller set during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. A deaf girl named Angel (Brit teen Rosie Day) is taken from her home by soldiers who shoot her mother dead.
Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opens and closes with a montage of abandoned movie theaters. For this film in particular, that choice strikes one as symbolic in several ways: not only as a comment on the state of the industry, but on the state of The Canyons itself. You’re unlikely to find many 2013 films this empty.
What's a director of classic musicals doing in science fiction? Making Saturn 3, one of the worst of the genre Hollywood made in the immediate post-Star Wars / Alien era. Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) takes to it about as well as you'd expect; he's in over his head.
This Halloween season offers no shortage of scares on the silver screen — even beyond Sinister, Paranormal Activity 4 and Atlas Shrugged: Part II!
Halloween 7:30 p.m. Thursday
In 1978, John Carpenter’s Halloweenscared the pants off America, made Jamie Lee Curtis a second-generation scream queen, and instantly immortalized an inside-out William Shatner mask as a face of fear.
Nearly 35 years later, the grandaddy of slasher films returns to terrorize babysitters — and moviegoers — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno.
Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein 7 p.m. Wednesday
Boris Karloff became an icon when he filled the heavy shoes of Mary Shelley’s monster in Universal Pictures’ 1931 classic. Critics call its 1935 sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein, even better.
I can’t say I agree, but there’s no doubt that tonight’s double feature, presented by Turner Classic Movies, is an excellent bet.
To be Frank, you have two options: AMC Quail Springs 24, 2501 W. Memorial, and Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
Dammit, Janet! The 1975 camp comedy horror musical that will not die pops up for two local showings on Halloween night. In both cases, naturally, audience participation is a must.
First, at 10 p.m. at Oculus Gallery, 518 N.W. 23rd, toilet paper, toast and water guns will be supplied.
Appearing for its 10th consecutive year at Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main in Norman, Rockyrolls at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10, and prop bags filled with all the necessary items will be available for an additional $5.
The instantly notorious $10,000 film aimed to be a thriller à la Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. It failed.
For guaranteed laughs at the expense of incompetently manufactured thrills, flock to the aforementioned AMC Quail Springs 24 and Cinemark Tinseltown USA, as well as Hollywood Spotlight 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman.