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Final Destination 5

Plenty of blood and nearly no brains. But as long as you know that …


Horror

Rod Lott
Last year, the fourth “Final Destination” movie swapped a numeral for a definitive article, because producers figured the franchise had run its course.
 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Apollo 18

Movie, we have a problem.


Horror

Rod Lott
"Apollo 18" is making many critics' end-of-year lists, but unfortunately on the worst side.
 
Monday, December 19, 2011

Hostel: Part III

Check in!


Horror

Rod Lott
Eli Roth's über-gory franchise gets a third go-round, but going straight to video and without his involvement.
 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Little Deaths

Buckle up. Things are about to get messy.


Horror

Rod Lott
The term "little death" serves as a euphemism for "orgasm," so it makes sense that the British horror anthology "Little Deaths" explores the inexorable link between sex and death.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Intruder

'Irv, cleanup on aisle everywhere!'


Horror

Rod Lott
Think back to 1989: Down at the Ranch Market, you could get something Xeroxed for just 15 cents, or buy a whole pack of cigs for $1.89!
 
Friday, December 2, 2011

Jessicka Rabid

Should be put down.


Horror

Rod Lott
Made for an apparent $1.99, "Jessicka Rabid" is the worst movie I've seen all year, and perhaps the year before that. I have nothing against no-budget movies as long as there's enough else going on to mitigate the financial deficiencies.
 
Friday, December 2, 2011

Psychic Experiment

I predict you'll loathe it.


Horror

Rod Lott
Slick direction, arresting visuals, palpable tension, appealing actors, a can't-miss concept — I'm describing not "Psychic Experiment," but a trailer that appeared before it on the DVD, for the upcoming "The Hunters." It looks kind of cool; I look forward to seeing it.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Needle

You may feel a little prick ...


Horror

Rod Lott
After letting loose a couple of duds in two Asian flicks — "The Sylvian Experiments" and "The Child's Eye" — the horror arm of Lionsgate DVD gets its groove back on track by going Down Under and bringing back "Needle."
 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ThanksKilling

You won't ask for seconds.


Horror

Rod Lott
Give college kids $3,500 to make a movie, and "ThanksKilling" will be the result. Oh, to think of all the homeless who could've been fed Thanksgiving meals for that kind of scratch.
 
Monday, November 7, 2011

The Sylvian Experiments

No further research necessary; they failed.


Horror

Rod Lott
Even masters have their off days. Hiroshi Takahashi, the celebrated screenwriter of Japanese modern horror classics “Don’t Look Up” and “Ringu” (aka “The Ring”), makes a rare outing as director, too, with “Sylvian Experiments,” retitled for American consumption from its original “Kyôfu.” (Gesundheit.)
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Night School

Enroll in Slashers 101.


Horror

Rod Lott
Attention, class, "Night School" is now in session. Today's lesson: how to capitalize on the slasher craze started by "Friday the 13th" without the benefit of having a holiday in your title. This 1981 B movie gets an A for effort, because it does give it the ol' college try.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

The Phantom of the Opera

Sorry, Mr. Webber, but we mean the old-school version.


Horror

Rod Lott
I don’t care how old you are or how many times you’ve seen it: When Christine unmasks the Phantom 38 minutes into 1925’s "The Phantom of the Opera,” you get goose bumps. The look on Lon Chaney’s face — heavy makeup and all — is one that imprints on your brain for life. And all without a spoken word.
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Basement: Camp Retro ’80s Collection

Long live the big box!


Horror

Rod Lott
Remember the glory days of VHS — y’know, before Blockbuster Video had to ruin it by existing? Often more fun than the new releases you got to rent from the local mom-and-pop video stores was looking at all the oversized boxes for theater-bypassing horror movies my mother was not about to let a middle-schooler like me rent.
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The House by the Cemetery / Zombie

Now you have two new ways to learn to love your Lucio.


Horror

Rod Lott
Blue Underground's recent run of Blu-ray reissues have made it easy for me to catch up on some horror classics I had never gotten around to seeing. Like Lucio Fulci's "The House By the Cemetery." From 1981, it may be the greatest haunted-house movie I managed to miss in my first 40 years on this earth.
 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

The family that slays together ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Like the new "Children of the Corn: Genesis," the new "Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings" is not as pure a prequel as the title would lead you to believe. Here, the 1974 prologue has the horror franchise's hillbilly cannibal brothers behind bars at the high-security Glenville Sanitorium, but a few minutes later, it's back to our beloved aughts.
 
Monday, October 24, 2011
 
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