Tag: Horror

Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 2.5

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

The question isn’t if the new A Nightmare on Elm Street lives up to the original. Of course, it doesn’t. At the time of its…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 1.5

Devil (2010)

M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan has all the markings of an M. Night Shyamalan production, including his name all…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 4.0

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

The best way to tell a scary yarn is to approach it like one does a raunchy joke: focus on the build-up, tease the audience…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 5.0

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

When critiquing a remake, people often make the mistake of setting it against the original, forgetting that the whole point of retelling a story is…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.0

Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)

Urban Legends: Bloody Mary gets a bit defensive about the originality of its title character, a malevolent spirit summoned whenever her name is uttered three…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 1.0

Dark Ride (2006)

It occurred to me while I was watching Dark Ride that it’d be unfair to fault the film for being stupid and exploitative. After all,…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 3.5

Demons (1985)

In her 1969 essay Trash, Art, and the Movies, the late Pauline Kael wrote, “movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 1.0

High Tension (2003)

Director: Alexandre Aja Warning: Like the movie it reviews, this article uses tasteless images for no reason at all. Bear with me. I’m going somewhere…

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Posted in Movie Review Verdict: 2.0

Cursed (2005)

Werewolves just aren’t scary anymore. It’s hard to get worked up about a monster regularly displayed on the back of kids’ cereal boxes. It’s even…

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Monsters: From Our Hearts to the Screen

“Every kid knows who Freddy is. He’s like Santa Claus or King Kong.” This line from Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) refers, of course, to…

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