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The Reef

Throw another shark on the barbie, mate!


Horror

Rod Lott
Australia's "The Reef" is a lot like our "Open Water," but with hi-fi production values and double the cast. Both are based on true events of man vs. shark, and for lovers of shark movies, there's room on the shelf for both, despite all their similarities.
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

[REC] 2

Zombies, take two. ¡Ay, caramba!


Horror

Rod Lott
Spanish sequel "[REC] 2" begins where its 2007 hit predecessor literally ended: with beautiful news reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) dragged off into the shadows into near-certain death by a victim of the quarantined apartment building's zombie plague.
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

Season of the Witch

Puts the evil in medieval


Horror

Rod Lott
When Lionsgate — aka the House of "Saw" — decides to dump a movie, you have to wonder just how bad it stinks. After quite a delay, the orphaned "Season of the Witch" found a home with Rogue, and promptly did next to no business in theaters.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Evil Things

What 'Evil' lurks in the heart of man? Roll the tape!


Horror

Rod Lott
Hope you like found-footage movies, because the enormous return on a minuscule budget in the cases of two "Paranormal Activity" entries will guarantee many more. One of the latest, although skipping theaters, is "Evil Things."
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Maneater

Superman can't save this shocker.


Horror

Rod Lott
Uh-oh, here he comes. Watch out, Dean Cain, he'll chew you up! He's a "Maneater"!
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wake Wood

At least it’s better than Hammer Films’ last time at bat.


Horror

Rod Lott
Getting Hammered just isn't as much fun as it used to be.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

The Nesting

A forgotten ’80s horror film is ripe for rediscovery


Horror

Rod Lott
No wonder 1981's "The Nesting" is such an obscure horror film. What the hell does that title even mean?
 
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer

Unpleasant on many levels


Horror

Rod Lott
The title of “Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer” may bring to, er, mind one or two other titles: 1986 über-grim sound-alike “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” or last year’s mumblecore comedy “Cyrus,” starring Jonah Hill.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Forget Me Not

Capably, competently executed horror


Horror

Rod Lott
Although not all that memorable as its title demands, “Forget Me Not” is decent enough fright fare as you digest its 102 minutes.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vanishing on 7th Street

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I need light.


Horror

Rod Lott
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a TV reporter, a physical therapist and an AMC Theatres projectionist walk into a bar.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Burn, Witch, Burn

Watch, you, watch.


Horror

Rod Lott
Two and a half minutes of darkness greet you upon the opening of “Burn, Witch, Burn,” so do not adjust your TV sets.
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fall Down Dead

The Picasso Killer paints this thriller red.


Horror

Rod Lott
When you see that a guy has a checkerboard that uses human fingers as pieces, what do you immediately think? That’s right: He’s eco-friendly and reuses materials.
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Red Riding Hood

This wolf tale comes close to being a ‘woof’ one


Horror

Rod Lott
Kicking off a Hollywood trend of fairy-tale reboots that put the Grimm back into their nature is "Red Riding Hood."
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut

Let's all go to the lobby and get ourselves a stabbing


Horror

Rod Lott
Perhaps you've seen the 2008 low-budget slasher "Midnight Movie" hanging out in that spot of glory known as Walmart's $5 DVD bin — a real black hole of disposable income for me — and thought, "Hmmm, for $5, that looks interesting."
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Blood Bath

Take the plunge for old-school scares


Horror

Rod Lott

In tone and in theme, Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman’s “Blood Bath” from 1966 is reminiscent of Roger Corman’s “A Bucket of Blood” from 1959.
 
Friday, June 3, 2011
 
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