Wednesday 23 Jul

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
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William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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None August 6th, 2009


"Orphan" is more psychological thriller than actual horror movie, but since we haven't had a full-throttle horror flick so far this year, "Orphan" can be an honorary one.

The delightfully creepy 12-year-old Isabelle Fuhrman has the title role. Vera Farmiga ("The Boy in the Striped Pajamas") and Peter Sarsgaard ("Rendition") star as the Colemans, a yuppie couple with two kids. Kate is a recovering alcoholic and John is an architect. They want a third child, but can't produce one, so they decide to adopt. Esther seems perfect for them "” she's intelligent and mature for her age, and she bonds immediately with Max (newcomer Aryana Engineer), the Colemans' deaf daughter. Her relationship with their son, Daniel (Jimmy Bennett, "Star Trek"), is more dangerous.

After a harrowing nightmare sequence, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra ("House of Wax") builds the tension slowly, but ominously, through episodes and happenings that are not unknown in evil-child movies, but he handles this material well and uses it to lull us into thinking we know where all this is going. Hint: It isn't going there. Brace yourself.

All five of the leads are fine, with Farmiga doing most of the heavy lifting as the character who is emotionally the most edgy, and who first smells something rotten. Fuhrman is so chilling, I don't know whether to hope she doesn't get typecast, or that she develops into a great scream queen. The movie's violence is sometimes brutal, sometimes perversely psychological and, in one scene, extremely icky. You'll know what I mean when you get there.

"”Doug Bentin

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