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Topic: scream

Chain Letter

Enjoyable in a delightfully brain-dead way


Horror

Rod Lott
Earlier this week, I lambasted writer/director Deon Taylor’s execrable “Nite Tales: The Series” collection on DVD — a trouncing it absolutely deserves — so I approached his feature “Chain Letter” with extreme caution. 
 
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scar 3D

More eye-poppingly effective than bigger-budget efforts


Horror

Rod Lott
I don’t know what it is about Angela Bettis, but stick her in a horror movie — doesn’t matter what, “May” or “The Toolbox Murders” — and I’m instantly interested.
 
Tuesday, March 22, 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

Scream 4

From a 'Scream' to a whisper


Horror

Rod Lott
To place "Scream 4" within its franchise, let's talk superlatives: It's the bloodiest, the shortest and the least satisfying.
 
Friday, April 15, 2011

Halloween II / Halloween III: Season of the Witch / Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers / Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Happy Halloween! Times four!


Horror

Rod Lott
Anyone who says the 1978 original is the only good movie in the Halloween franchise is kidding himself. While none of the succeeding chapters may match the power, there's plenty of fun to be had beyond that one night he came home.
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thale

A fairy tale with a tail.


Horror

Rod Lott
Members of cleaning services expect to find the unexpected. For Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard) of the No Shit Cleaning Service, that means uncovering a naked woman submerged in a basement bathtub, yet alive, in shock and with tubes down her throat.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 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

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

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
 
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