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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

One of the small-screen’s scariest, now in a special edition.


Horror

Rod Lott
My first response after seeing the recent remake “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”: “I liked it OK, but I still prefer the original, although I haven’t seen it in probably 15 years.”
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours

Mental hospitals, regular hospitals — is no place safe?


Horror

Rod Lott
Earlier this summer, I read a book about the history of slasher movies, and kept a list as I went along of movies I've somehow managed not to see. As if by sheer coincidence, Shout! Factory plops two of them together in one "Killer Double Feature": 1988's "Bad Dreams" and 1982's "Visiting Hours," each on their own disc.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Horrible Way to Die

A not-so-'Horrible' mumblecore killer thriller.


Horror

Rod Lott
Curses! I've been tricked into watching another mumblecore movie! Here I am, just as I had shaken Joe Swanberg's wretched "Nights and Weekends" from my mind, and "A Horrible Way to Die" dredges up all those dreadful memories of that overly affected anti-style.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Choose

To watch or not to watch? ‘Choose’ wisely.


Horror

Rod Lott
I’d like to think that even in a world without “Saw,” a movie like “Choose” still would be made. Any thriller with even a hint of gamesmanship in its plot automatically gets compared to that now-on-hiatus franchise, as if it were the first movie in history to devise such a story. It’s only natural, but also unfair.
 
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bereavement

I bereaved my 103 minutes.


Horror

Rod Lott
A prequel to 2004's "Malevolence" — a film I've never seen, and barely heard of — Stevan Mena's "Bereavement" is so rote, so by-the-numbers, I now have no interest in seeing where the story went from here.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Dream Home

Worth renting, no matter the asking price.


Horror

Rod Lott
Hong Kong has a serious housing problem. As "Dream Home" informs us, owning property is a near-impossibility for today's generation of working youth, because asking prices have bloated for up to $3,200 per square foot. Yes, that's in American dollars.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf

A howlingly enjoyable treat.


Horror

Rod Lott
With “Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf” and its seemingly unconnected storylines, I don’t feel like I watched a movie. I feel like I watched four back-to-back episodes of a miniseries too out-there, too jumbled for prime-time tastes, like Stephen King’s “Kingdom Hospital.”
 
Friday, August 12, 2011

Camp Hell

Holy ‘Meatballs’!


Horror

Rod Lott
At the summer camp at the center of this film, cell phones are christened "hell phones," fraternizing with the opposite sex is not allowed, masturbation is a sin that prevents you from entering the gates of Heaven, and everyone goes around calling each other "Brother" and "Sister.”
 
Friday, August 12, 2011

The Task / Scream of the Banshee

Clowns or banshees? Take your pick.


Horror

Rod Lott
After Dark Originals return this month with two more new releases, “The Task” and “Scream of the Banshee” — one of which may make your day.
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who Can Kill a Child?

It's rhetorical. And really twisted.


Horror

Rod Lott
Now available uncut on Eureka!'s Region 2 DVD, the Spanish 1976 horror classic "Who Can Kill a Child?" makes only one misstep in my book: opening with an epilogue of real-life footage from Auschwitz and other sites of atrocities.
 
Friday, August 5, 2011

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet

This 'Night' goes right for horror fans.


Horror

Rod Lott
We all know the legend of Bloody Mary, the girl’s name who — like Candyman — we dare not speak thrice in front of a mirror. “Blood Night” sorta kinda gives a backstory to Bloody Mary, taking her name a bit too literally.
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bio-Dead

There’s something out there. Yawn.


Horror

Rod Lott
With a pulsing score that recalls the best of John Carpenter, the blue-tinted “Bio-Dead” begins promisingly enough, as a handful of guys in hazmat suits approaches yet another seemingly abandoned building to comb for survivors, post-chem disaster.
 
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stake Land

Bite into this zombie-vampire hybrid.


Horror

Rod Lott
Like the hit "Zombieland" played straight, "Stake Land" follows a grizzled, seen-it-all hunter and his young protégé across a postapocalyptic America riddled with the undead.
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

We Are What We Are

Taste this Mexican meal concerning the other white meat.


Horror

Rod Lott
Members of the family at the heart of "We Are What We Are" share blood, both literally and figuratively. Because they're cannibals, you see.
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

Within / The Dead and the Damned

‘Damned’ if you do.


Horror

Rod Lott
I love horror films far more than most people, but I do not, as some accuse, love them all blindly. In fact, two new to DVD are among the worst I’ve seen in the year thus far.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011
 
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