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Exorcismus

Rite on!


Horror

Rod Lott
Spain’s English-language indie “Exorcismus” is what I wanted America’s big-budget “The Rite” to be: worth watching.
 
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chawz

The other white meat is pissed in this weak monster-movie tribute.


Horror

Rod Lott
South Korea just doesn't know when to quit with "Chawz," a comedy/horror hybrid that clocks in at more than two hours in length.
 
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Savage County

Unlikable characters in an aggravating release


Horror

Rod Lott
MTV's "Savage County" began life as a web series, and feels like it for every agonizing, disjointed, no-frills minute.
 
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Daughters of Satan

Tom Selleck’s ‘stache vs. coven of witches — ’nuff said


Horror

Rod Lott
How long do you have to wait for a glimpse of exploitation in "Daughters of Satan"?
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Dorm That Dripped Blood

Recommended only to slasher fans


Horror

Rod Lott
While the box reads "The Dorm That Dripped Blood," the credits read "Death Dorm," and the 1982 horror flick also was known as "Pranks," which is doubly confusing because that title isn’t apt.
 
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vampire Circus

A hot ticket for horror fans


Horror

Rod Lott
Full disclosure: I find circuses a little macabre.
 
Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Rite

Another tired exercise in exorcism


Horror

Rod Lott
Arriving on the tail end of a recent spate of possession flicks is "The Rite," perhaps the biggest budgeted and the least interesting of them all.
 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Deep Red

Dario Argento’s genuinely unnerving masterpiece hits Blu-ray


Horror

Rod Lott
I'd seen Dario Argento's 1975 masterpiece "Deep Red" once before, about 10 years ago on a muddy print from one of those multidisc collections of public-domain horror films you pick up in bargain bins.
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

Buried Alive

It’s not really Poe, but it’ll do


Horror

Rod Lott
A pretty good sign your Edgar Allan Poe movie isn't all that: The opening credits misspell his name.
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

The Black Sleep

Not essential viewing, but not bad either


Horror

Rod Lott
One surefire sign you’re watching something from horror’s golden age of schlock: Lon Chaney Jr. is cast as a guy named Mungo.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Terror / Dementia 13

Horror films get the good scrub-over they’ve always deserved


Horror

Rod Lott
Two Roger Corman classics from 1963, his own “The Terror” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13,” make their Blu-ray debut in — wait, hold up: What business does a pair of public-domain staples have in the high-def format of Blu-ray?
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Scream / Scream 2 / Scream 3

The younger are they are, the worse off


Horror

Rod Lott
To make you feel old, Wes Craven’s “Scream” will turn 15 this year.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Husk / Prowl

Two horror films that show promise


Horror

Rod Lott
After four consecutive years of picking up others’ fright films and repackaging/branding them as “After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For” (respond grammarians everywhere: “That should be ‘8 Films for Which to Die’!”), After Dark Films is now in the business of making its own original features.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shadow

Different enough and intense enough to warrant recommendation


Horror

Rod Lott
With its early scenes of an Iraq War vet mountain biking across the breathtaking scenery all by his lonesome, "Shadow" reminded me of "127 Hours" ... if, of course, it slammed head-on into "Hostel."
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

The Inheritance

Visually slick, even when it’s unimaginative


Horror

Rod Lott
When Image Entertainment splashes its “UNRATED” label across its covers — as it has of late with “Chain Letter,” “Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre” and now “The Inheritance” — you can at least be guaranteed that the films will make good on that promise, even if they fall short in other areas.
 
Friday, April 1, 2011
 
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