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Topic: Horror

Camp Hell

Holy ‘Meatballs’!


Horror

Rod Lott
At the summer camp at the center of this film, cell phones are christened "hell phones," fraternizing with the opposite sex is not allowed, masturbation is a sin that prevents you from entering the gates of Heaven, and everyone goes around calling each other "Brother" and "Sister.”
 
Friday, August 12, 2011

Final Destination 5

‘Final Destination 5’ has plenty of blood and nearly no brains. But as long as you know that …


Horror

Rod Lott
Last summer, the fourth “Final Destination” movie swapped a numeral for a definitive article, because producers figured the franchise had run its course. Then “The Final Destination” made $181 million worldwide, so this summer, we have another chapter, and the numbering system has been reinstated.
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dream Home

Worth renting, no matter the asking price.


Horror

Rod Lott
Hong Kong has a serious housing problem. As "Dream Home" informs us, owning property is a near-impossibility for today's generation of working youth, because asking prices have bloated for up to $3,200 per square foot. Yes, that's in American dollars.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Don’t pass up the original.


Horror

Rod Lott
In general, I prefer the films of Guillermo del Toro that he doesn’t direct (“The Orphanage,” “Splice”) to the ones he does (particularly “Hellboy” and its sequel). That holds true for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which he only co-wrote and co-produced, ceding the director’s chair to newcomer Troy Nixey.
 
Friday, August 26, 2011

A Horrible Way to Die

A not-so-'Horrible' mumblecore killer thriller.


Horror

Rod Lott
Curses! I've been tricked into watching another mumblecore movie! Here I am, just as I had shaken Joe Swanberg's wretched "Nights and Weekends" from my mind, and "A Horrible Way to Die" dredges up all those dreadful memories of that overly affected anti-style.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ reminds one of the superior scary movie.


Horror

Rod Lott

In general, I prefer the films of Guillermo del Toro that he doesn’t direct (“The Orphanage,” “Splice”) to the ones he does (particularly “Hellboy” and its sequel). That pretty much holds true for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which he only co-wrote and co-produced, ceding the director’s chair to newcomer Troy Nixey.

 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours

Mental hospitals, regular hospitals — is no place safe?


Horror

Rod Lott
Earlier this summer, I read a book about the history of slasher movies, and kept a list as I went along of movies I've somehow managed not to see. As if by sheer coincidence, Shout! Factory plops two of them together in one "Killer Double Feature": 1988's "Bad Dreams" and 1982's "Visiting Hours," each on their own disc.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

One of the small-screen’s scariest, now in a special edition.


Horror

Rod Lott
My first response after seeing the recent remake “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”: “I liked it OK, but I still prefer the original, although I haven’t seen it in probably 15 years.”
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2

It slices, it dices, it twices!


Horror

Rod Lott
Underwhelming on first viewing, 2009's "Laid to Rest" has grown on me. Robert Hall's attempt at creating a new horror icon in Chromeskull was a committed one, if not exactly valiant. Ditto for the sequel, which graduates the slasher to top-of-title prominence, "ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2."
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Torso

Hungry for giallo? Take a stab at this one.


Horror

Rod Lott
So good are its recent Dario Argento reissues in high-definition that I'd been waiting patiently for Blue Underground's Blu-ray release of "Torso," a 1973 giallo from director Sergio Martino ("The Mountain of the Cannibal God"). Not only did it not disappoint, but it surpassed my expectations.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
 
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