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Stranger Things Movie?

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StrangerRather than giving us that perfect Halloween movie this year, Hollywood has given us low budget Blair Witch spectacle made our of recycled witch hair. I propose that we look to a Netflix series and treat it as we would a movie with several sequels. After all, Stranger Things have happened! Netflix’s original series Stranger Things, is the best horror pastiche I have ever seen. The creators of the series, the Duffer Brothers, have utilized reverse osmosis (kidding people, relax, this review isn’t watered down!) to engineer a commercial free television series that will knock our socks off, even our knee highs (see Tom Cruise in Risky Business for details). It’s a bird! It’s a plane!! It’s a TV series that is like the best horror movie this decade? Makes more sense than seeing Superman! Literally. Read more...

Cell Movie: Stephen King is Back

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cellmovieI watched dozens if not hundreds of DVDs during the late 1990s and early 2000s. One thing I remember vividly is loving all of the magnificent movies based on Stephen King novels. Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors in human history, and possibly the all time master of horror turned suspense and vice versa. His novels are not nearly as mainstream as they once were however, and consequently, his works are seldom turned into major motion pictures. This is why I am surprised that King's 2006 novel Cell has just this year, in 2016, been transformed into a feature film. Mind you, I am not complaining because I adore King's singular brand of psychotic cynicism. Rather, I am thrilled that it is possible his influence on Hollywood is experiencing a resurgence, a second renaissance if you will. It is time to take down those dusty records from their shelf and generate an undercurrent of sinister cinema. Read more...

Horror Season Starts Early? Ask Emelie

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emelieWhen horror season calls early (Emelie), or late (depending on how you look at things), we the critics answer the phone! But wait, before we indulge in this conversation, don't we first want to know something about what usually makes a horror movie great? Sure, I can conjure three primary reasons why any given scary movie (no, not the franchise!) can be a joy to watch (insofar as watching graphic horror scenes can be joyful!). In fact, I will utilize the new horror movie Emelie as a vehicle for explaining my thoughts on juicy, gory horror! Read more...

Keanu Reeves in Knock Knock

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knockThere is a reason why Keanu Reeves' new horror movie, Knock Knock, performed miserably domestically, but reasonably mediocre overseas. Internationally, there are fewer choices for cinematic entertainment, not universally, but in many countries where not every person has the same access to cinema as we do ubiquitously in America. I have been an avid follower of Keanu Reeves' work, and I can offer an unbiased assessment of Knock Knock. Put on your pumpkinheads, or cheeseheads if you are a Packers fan and listen fastidiously. Read more...

Pay the Ghost Movie Review with Nicolas Cage

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payI cannot imagine a more glorious kickoff to horror season (my all time favorite time of year and movie genre (horror)) than with a Nicolas Cage horror movie, Pay the Ghost. Recently, due to his financial troubles, Cage has been rather ubiquitous at our cineplexes, but we can forgive the actor because he easily turns carbon into diamonds. Speaking of semi-precious gemstones, Pay the Ghost is Cage's best movie in some time and it is frightening as hell. It is a rare occasion when A-list actors (perhaps relegated to the B team, but he remains talented as ever) choose to regale us with ghastly tales of terror and horror, but in Nicolas Cage's case, we are all the beneficiaries. Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies star in Pay the Ghost, a horror movie that you simply should not miss. Read more...