Tag: Horror

Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.0

The Thing (2011)

An essential part of genre filmmaking is setting up expectations so as to later deliver the goods or surprise the audience by breaking conventions. Take,…

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Dream House (2011)

Back in the aughts, following the success of The Sixth Sense (1999), Hollywood assaulted horror fans with a slew of knock-offs featuring big-name actors and…

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Final Destination 5 (2011)

Final Destination 5 begins with 3D objects smashing through glass one after the other. At first, I thought I was watching the film’s central set…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.5

The Eye (2008)

Based on the Chinese-Thai ghost story Jian Gui (2002) by brothers Oxide and Danny Pang, The Eye is a rare American remake that improves on…

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

In his book-length essay On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King compares horror fiction to our childhood fear of the boogeyman. Scary things,…

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Scream (1996)

Slashers don’t get much better than Scream. Directed by long-time master of suspense Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, Grand Poobah of pop culture…

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Scream 4 (2011)

People often ask what I think of “torture porn” flicks like Saw (2004) and Hostel (2005). As it turns out, I feel the same as…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 4.5

April Fool’s Day (1986)

After an unnecessary sequence wherein four of our heroes goof around in front of a camera, no doubt to pad the runtime, April Fool’s Day…

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Night of the Living Dorks (2004)

I’ll level with you. German humour tends to fly over my head. It’s broad and offbeat, and I understand how it appeals to some, but…

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Halloween II (2009)

Though I’d never much cared for Rob Zombie’s films, I was excited when I heard he’d be heading the 2007 Halloween remake. I thought the…

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