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Topic: Horror

Hostel / Hostel: Part II

Hurt so good.


Horror

Rod Lott
Few critics are unable to see through the violence and admit there's a real artfulness at work in Eli Roth's pair of Hostel films, both now available in their unrated director's cuts on a single, budget-priced Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.
 
Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Barrens

Something in Jersey is more demonic than Snooki.


Horror

Rod Lott
In a post-Saw world, Darren Lynn Bousman quietly has been making a series of horror films more in line with scary movies of the 1970s than the torture-porn genre he helped usher in. Already this year, DVD has brought us his superlative Mother's Day remake and the low-key demonic pic 11-11-11, and now The Barrens. It's just too bad they've all been denied wide theatrical releases.
 
Monday, October 1, 2012

'Pumpken' head

Freshman filmmaker Felix Matos brings horror to the heartland with the locally lensed 'Pumpken.'


Features

Louis Fowler
Pumpken
7 p.m. Friday
The Parish
1757 N.W. 16th
pumpken.com
$5-$10
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Theater of blood

In reviving the Grand Guignol tradition, Reduxion sets the stage for murder.


Performing Arts

Rod Lott
Night of Grand Guignol: French Theatre of Horror
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through Oct. 27
Reduxion Theatre
1613 N. Broadway
reduxiontheatre.com
651-3191
$15-$18

 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: Anniversary Edition

She's on Blu-ray, for starters.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Considered the granddaddy — er, make that grandmama — of psycho-biddy flicks, 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? pits two old-Hollywood legends against one another, with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the snarling Hudson sisters.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut

Now with 100 percent more major metropolitan area destruction!


Comedy

Rod Lott
How long has it been since you've seen 1986's Little Shop of Horrors, the Oscar-nominated musical comedy produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Martin Scorsese? No, I haven't erred; according to producer David Geffen in a half-hour special on this definitive Blu-ray edition, those Hollywood heavyweights were part of his original plan.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Chained

Won’t quite your attention hostage.


Thriller

Rod Lott
I'll be a lifelong Boxing Helena cheerleader, so it was with tempered enthusiasm that I greeted Jennifer Lynch's Chained.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Back from Hell

'Hell' is hell.


Horror

Rod Lott
This being the Halloween season, odds are many a found-footage film will be watched over the next several weeks. How to choose between so many? Allow me to help ever so slightly: Steer clear of Back from Hell.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Hypothermia

Left me cold.


Horror

Rod Lott
There's a lot to be said for horror films that use their low budgets as a positive thing. Hypothermia, however, isn't one of them — a shame, because its producers have excelled elsewhere, with Stake Land, The House of the Devil and especially The Innkeepers.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012
 
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