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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

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


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

Sword and Sorcery Collection

Four ’80s flicks for your pecs-and-sex viewing pleasure.


Rod Lott
I wasn’t sure Shout! Factory was going to be able to top this summer’s release of “The Women in Cages Collection” in its line of “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics.” But it’s done just that with “Sword and Sorcery Collection,” rounding up four flicks for your pecs-and-sex viewing pleasure.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours

Mental hospitals, regular hospitals — is no place safe?


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.


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

Giant head

Andre’s head gets memorialized. We mean it. Anybody want a peanut?

Andre the Giant has a posse, and its members are sure to snap up this latex mask. SikRik has produced 35 numbered, limited-edition copies available for $125 apiece; a not-so-exclusive edition will follow for $99.

Andre, a star of “The Princess Bride,” (see: “I Love You, Man” for related peanut discussion) “Conan the Destroyer” and many a staged WWF match, died in 1993 at the age of 46. His memorable mug will live on atop the shoulders of at least 35 fervent fans. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 09.02.2011 2 years ago
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Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2

It slices, it dices, it twices!


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

‘Pan’ am

Cathy Rigby returns in ‘Peter Pan,’ a role she intends to keep as long as she can: ‘If I can, I should and I will,’ she says. ‘Nothing much more complicated than that.’

Performing Arts

Rod Lott
Peter Pan
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, through Sept. 18
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

'Comm' on

They are insane / Let them explain.

As happens after three-day holiday weekends, I’m off. Today feel likes Tuesday, despite being Wednesday.

I bring this up, because that means two things:
1. “Community: The Complete Second Season” came out yesterday.
2. Dammit, I really got to write that review of “Community: The Complete Second Season.”

While I do that, dig on this “remix” of the season by DJ Steve Porter. You won’t see this done for “The Good Wife.” —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 09.07.2011 2 years ago
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Mean girl

Insult comic Lisa Lampanelli has built loyal audiences the old-fashioned way: tearing them a new one.

Performing Arts

Rod Lott
Lisa Lampanelli
7 p.m. Friday
Firelake Grand Casino
777 Grand Casino, Shawnee
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A wheelie good exhibit

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads — er, except I-35.

The DeLorean. The Deathmobile. The Batmobile. 

What do they have in common? One, you can’t afford them. Two, they’re among the famous cars of the movies and the tube showcased in a new exhibit starting Sept. 24 at the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley. The toys of such recognizable vehicles comprise “Hollywood Toy Cars,” which runs through Oct. 21.

If you’ve never been, you should, and this gives you as good of an excuse as any. Need another? Sept. 17-18 is “Star Wars Weekend.”

For more information, visit —Rod Lott

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by Rod Lott 09.12.2011 2 years ago
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