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Nurse 3D

Rx for boredom.


Horror

Rod Lott
Abigail Russell isn't your average nurse, because she's also a serial killer. Abigail Russell isn't your average serial killer, either, because she only wants to kill men who cheat. But come to think of it, that hardly narrows the field.
 
Friday, March 28, 2014

Contracted

STD OMG!


Horror

Rod Lott
If David Cronenberg taught sex-ed classes, Contracted could be the film shown on the day they split the boys and girls among separate rooms. The IFC Midnight release's lesson: Always use protection. Especially if you're going to have a one-night stand with a necrophiliac.
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beneath

Just when you thought it was safe ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Six newly graduated high schoolers get together for one last shebang, which goes sour. You've seen that before, but not from indie director Larry Fessenden.
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Slumber Party Massacre

Drill, baby, drill!


Horror

Rod Lott
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer. 
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Haunter

Little Miss Sunshine enters The Twilight Zone.


Horror

Rod Lott

Haunter isn't the typical chiller one would expect from the IFC Midnight label — mostly because it's tame enough that it could be enjoyed by almost the entire family.

 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Witchboard / Night of the Demons

Oh, what a 'Night!'


Horror

Rod Lott
Some things never change; Witchboard opens with an argument over intelligent design and references crises in the Middle East. Yet some things do; cheesy horror movies like Witchboard used to open wide across this great land of ours, thriving and profiting on their way to assured cults via home video. Nowadays, they have to skip theaters entirely. The loss is ours, collective nation!
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Banshee Chapter / You're Next

Not all horror is rote, kids!


Horror

Rod Lott
More than just a DVD with a cool cover, Banshee Chapter is a rarity among indie horror: It's actually about something. And it's also genuinely frightening.
 
Friday, January 31, 2014

The Conjuring / Insidious: Chapter 2

Scaring something in common.


Horror

Rod Lott
Modern horror's greatest hope, standing above found footage and teen-aimed remakes, is director James Wan. I first recognized the potential in 2007's Dead Silence, his underseen throwback follow-up to the breakthrough that was Saw, but 2010's Insidious made it official.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Black Water Vampire

Bites down hard.


Horror

Rod Lott

Two takeaways from The Black Water Vampire

1. I really like the cover logo. 

2. Holy crap, Blair Witch much?

 
Monday, January 20, 2014

Carrie / Dario Argento's Dracula 3D

Everything old is boo again.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Carrie, director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) bravely steps up to the challenge of remaking Brian De Palma's 1976 horror classic — one of the genre's few to boast Academy Award nominations in major categories — but one senses even she knows her version will pale.
 
Monday, January 20, 2014

Die, Monster, Die!

Buy, viewer, buy!


Horror

Rod Lott

In Die, Monster, Die!, a decent H.P. Lovecraft adaptation from 1965, the repellent Reinhart (Nick Adams, Frankenstein Conquers the World) visits the secluded mansion of wacky, wheelchair-bound Witley (Boris Karloff, Targets), who has discovered something quite peculiar residing in his basement.

 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We Are What We Are

Tastes like chicken.


Horror

Rod Lott
While not an entirely successful remake of the 2010 Spanish-language film of the same name, We Are What We Are bears enough sweeping changes that it stands as its own thing. Both versions are worth watching.
 
Friday, January 10, 2014

Cat People

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty …


Horror

Rod Lott

Dripping with atmosphere as thick as gumbo, the New Orleans-centered Cat People of 1982 is the right way to remake a genuinely great film: Hold on to that central concept; dispense with most everything else.

 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cassadaga

Year's worst title, but how's the movie?


Horror

Rod Lott
Cassadaga is better than its terrible title, but still an indie picture that's clearly out of whack. In a good way, it opens with a boy who so wants to be a girl, he employs scissors to achieve that goal. In a bad way, it then largely shoves all that business aside until the third act. 
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

The Horror Show

No 'Show.'


Horror

Rod Lott
Although the title does not let on, 1989's The Horror Show actually began life as House III, a misbegotten sequel to 1986's hit House. In the end, it doesn't matter, because The Horror Show is every bit as terrible as House II or House IV.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013
 
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