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Topic: suspense

The Stool Pigeon

Not your average bird in the Hong Kong coop.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Asian film enthusiasts swear by "The Stool Pigeon," a critically acclaimed Hong Kong hit from last year. While I've now watched Well Go USA's Blu-ray release of it three times now, it strikes me as not spectacular, but certainly a more-than-serviceable exercise in action and suspense.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Needle

You may feel a little prick ...


Horror

Rod Lott
After letting loose a couple of duds in two Asian flicks — "The Sylvian Experiments" and "The Child's Eye" — the horror arm of Lionsgate DVD gets its groove back on track by going Down Under and bringing back "Needle."
 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rabies

Catch it.


Thriller

Rod Lott
The less you know about "Rabies," the better. Don't be misled by the title, which suggests some sort of viral thriller along the lines of "Contagion." However, the movie is so clever, so twisty-turvy, you may foam at the mouth in satisfaction.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

Splintered

The title perfectly describes my attention span with this would-be shocker.


Horror

Rod Lott
Splintered is the third movie I've seen this month opening with a group of young people getting lost while driving through the wild, and they’re so far gone, the GPS is useless.
 
Monday, March 19, 2012

The Red House

Come and knock on our door. We've been waiting for you.


Thriller

Rod Lott
When Meg (Allene Roberts, Union Station), the adopted daughter of wooden-legged farmer Morgan (the legendary Edward G. Robinson), convinces him to hire her platonic pal, Nath (Lon McAllister, The Story of Seabiscuit), at the staggering rate of 50 cents an hour, things look like a win-win for all parties.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Zoom In: Sex Apartments

A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.


Thriller

Rod Lott
It's both a blessing and a shame that Zoom In: Sex Apartments carries such an exploitative title: a blessing because it may trick some horny guys into watching a better movie than they'd expect, and a shame because, well, Sex Apartments. (Hey, it could be worse: The original subtitle was Rape Apartments.)
 
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Casting the Runes

Rent a 'Rune' with a view.


Horror

Rod Lott
I remember vividly when I first read "Casting the Runes," one of several suspense classics to pour from the pen of M.R. James, the master of the ghost story whose supernatural bent became a huge influence on H.P. Lovecraft. Just because the short story is old (1911) doesn't mean it wasn't chilling to read, and so it is with this 1979 presentation, an episode of the UK's ITV Playhouse anthology series.
 
Friday, July 20, 2012

Area 407

The found-footage film travels to Jurassic Park.


Horror

Rod Lott
Found-footage movies are no longer novel, but they're cheap to make, so expect to see many, many more shoot out Hollywood's pipeline. As long as concepts are tweaked, however, surprises like Chronicle can occur.
 
Friday, August 24, 2012

Hitchcock

It’s less suspense and more family plot in this muddled biopic of the master of suspense.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Alfred Hitchcock was more than the master of suspense. The director of such landmark motion pictures as Rear Window and Vertigo was instrumental in devising the language of modern film. As such, it seems a cruel irony that a movie about him would be made by decidedly lesser filmmakers.
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
 
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