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Evil Dead

Major-studio horror doesn’t get much better — or bloodier!


Horror

Rod Lott
From the prologue of Evil Dead, it’s evident this is not your everyday, note-for-note, beat-for-beat horror remake. In fact, it joins that select group of remakes that stand on their own while remaining respectful of their source, i.e. The Fly, The Blob, The Thing (John Carpenter's, mind you) and Dawn of the Dead.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh

Do not watch it while home alone.


Horror

Rod Lott
Many deadCENTER Film Festivals ago, one of the entries I was assigned to review in advance was the suspense short The Eyes of Edward James, the debut of writer/director Rodrigo Gudiño. It chilled me to the bone.
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hands of the Ripper

You’re in good ‘Hands’ with Hammer.


Horror

Rod Lott
Following Twins of Evil, another lesser-known Hammer horror show earns a superb, uncut Blu-ray treatment from Synapse Films in 1971's Hands of the Ripper. Not your ordinary Jack the Ripper thriller, it has that legendary serial killer's daughter doing the ripping.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Would You Rather

Why, yes, I would!


Horror

Rod Lott
That innocent exchange of tough questions becomes Saw: The Home Game in IFC Midnight’s release of Would You Rather. How I would love to have seen an audience react to this in a theater!
 
Monday, July 8, 2013

Blood Runs Cold

Give it the ‘Cold’ shoulder.


Horror

Rod Lott
Blood indeed runs cold in Blood Runs Cold — just not yours, assuming you’re at least somewhat familiar with the rhythms and beats of the “ohmygodhesgotanaxwereallgoingtodie!” subgenre.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

23:59

Time for so-so Singapore horror.


Horror

Rod Lott
What we call 11:59 p.m., those in the military call 23:59. What Singapore calls 23:59, we Americans call ... well, same thing: 23:59. Numbers tend to translate very well.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Come Out and Play

Who could kill a child? Don’t answer just yet ...


Horror

Rod Lott
In Come Out and Play, an arthouse-horror remake of the 1976 Spanish film Who Can Kill a Child?, a married couple on a Mexican vacation from the U.S. finds anything but R&R.
 
Monday, June 24, 2013

Anatomy / Anatomy 2

A cut above the rest.


Horror

Rod Lott
Partly a German reaction to the Scream phenomenon of the late 1990s, the 2000 film Anatomy cast Franka Potente (then hot off Run Lola Run) as Paula, an ambitious med student in a med school more at home for psychos and nutjobs.
 
Friday, June 21, 2013

The ABCs of Death

A is for “absolutely insane.”


Horror

Rod Lott
Suspense novelist Jeffery Deaver once praised the short-story format, writing that the minimal time investment on the part of the reader allows the writer to get away with endings he or she cannot in the long form. In other words, the writer can be meaner, more devious. He's absolutely right, and the theory applies wholesale to The ABCs of Death, more or less a horror anthology depicting "26 ways to die."
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Last Exorcism Part II

What possessed them?


Horror

Rod Lott
Unlike many moviegoers, 17-year-old farm girl Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell, The Day) has no memory of the events of The Last Exorcism, a found-footage smash of three years prior. The Last Exorcism Part II finds her taking steps to build life anew, beginning in a boarding house for troubled girls, where the deeply devout Nell is exposed to such heretofore corrupting influences as lipstick and rock music and YouTube and cotton candy.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dead Souls

You don’t want ‘Soul’ custody.


Horror

Rod Lott
With Dead Souls, we can prove something about the Chiller cable network's original features that Remains could not: Source material is not to blame for their pervasive generic nature — it's the economy, stupid.
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stripped / Nailbiter / American Mary

Three — count ’em, three — frights in one!


Horror

Rod Lott
If they can’t afford megawattage spectacle, filmmakers still can stand out by putting comparatively fresh twists on well-established concepts. Three new indie horror efforts do just that.
 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sadako 3D

One last spin around ‘The Ring.’


Horror

Rod Lott
Japan's Sadako 3D purports to be the final chapter of the Ringu films (remade as The Ring on these shores). If you believe this is truly the end, you're adorable in your gullibility. Even the movie's final moments contradict any semblance of closure.
 
Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Howling

Team Jacob?!? Try Team Dante.


Horror

Rod Lott
One of at least four werewolf films to be released in 1981, The Howling remains a distant second to John Landis' An American Werewolf in London, but only because Joe Dante wasn't able to enjoy the competition's deep coffers. Sacrilege alert: I find Dante's to be the better movie.
 
Friday, May 31, 2013

The Burning

Third-degree terror.


Horror

Rod Lott
It speaks to the strength of The Burning’s reputation among cult-film fans that what’s most memorable about the 1981 slasher is not that it was written by the Weinstein brothers, nor that it represents early appearances of the likes of Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. It’s that its Cropsy is just a damned good villain.
 
Friday, May 24, 2013
 
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