The Descent: Female Driven Psychological Horror

The Descent. 2005. Directed & Written by Neil Marshall. Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, and Leslie Simpson. Celador Films/Northmen Productions/Pathé. Rated 18A. 99 minutes. Adventure/Horror ★★★★1/2 Personally I’ve enjoyed Neil Marshall from his debut, Dog Soldiers, and then he came on withContinue reading “The Descent: Female Driven Psychological Horror”

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Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 5: “Cobalt”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 5: “Cobalt” Directed by Kari Skogland (Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Stone Angel, Vikings) Written by David Wiener * For a review of the next episode, “The Good Man” – click here * For a review of the previous episode, “Not Fade Away” – click here This episode begins withContinue reading “Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 5: “Cobalt””

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Batman Returns with Burton’s Gothic Style

Batman Returns. 1992. Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Daniel Waters from a story by Waters & Sam Hamm. Starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Michael Murphy, Cristi Conaway, Andrew Bryniarski, Pat Hingle, Vincent Schiavelli, Steve Witting, and Jan Hooks. Warner Bros./PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. PG-13. 126 minutes. Action/Adventure ★★★★★ AContinue reading “Batman Returns with Burton’s Gothic Style”

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Tim Burton’s Batman. The Best Batman.

Batman. 1989. Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Sam Hamm & Warren Skaaren; based on characters created by Bob Kane & Bill Finger. Starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall, Tracey Walter, Lee Wallace, and William Hootkins. Warner Bros./The Guber-Peters Company/PolyGram FilmedContinue reading “Tim Burton’s Batman. The Best Batman.”

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Danny Boyle & Leo on The Beach; the Darkness of Paradise

Danny Boyle’s underrated film THE BEACH explores an isolated community on a secret island, & how it changes people.

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week”

FOX’s Scream Queens Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week” Directed by Brad Falchuk Written by Ian Brennan/Brad Falchuk/Ryan Murphy * For a review of the previous episode, “Pilot” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Chainsaw” – click here The “Pilot” ended with the Red Devil – masked and mysterious – running overContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week””

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

FOX’s Scream Queens Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot” Directed by Ryan Murphy Written by Ian Brennan (Cooties)/Brad Falchuk/Ryan Murphy * For a review of the next episode, “Hell Week” – click here Just to start, I loved Ian Brennan’s writing and acting in Cooties, as well as the fact I’m a huge fan of the Brad Falchuck-RyanContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot””

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Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 4: “Not Fade Away”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 4: “Not Fade Away” Directed by Kari Skogland Written by Meaghan Oppenheimer * For a review of the next episode, “Cobalt” – click here * For a review of the previous episode, “The Dog” – click here This episode starts with Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” playing overContinue reading “Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 4: “Not Fade Away””

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Let Us Prey: An Atmospheric Religious Discussion

Let Us Prey. 2014. Directed by Brian O’Malley. Screenplay by David Cairns & Fiona Watson. Starring Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, and Jonathan Watson. Creative Scotland/Fantastic Films/Greenhouse Media Investment/Irish Film Board/Makar Productions. Rated 18A. 92 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2 “And if the devil is six, then god isContinue reading “Let Us Prey: An Atmospheric Religious Discussion”

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Acceptance or Redemption in These Final Hours

These Final Hours. 2014. Directed & Written by Zak Hilditch. Starring Nathan Phillips, Jessica De Gouw, Daniel Henshall, Kathryn Beck, Angourie Rice, and David Field. 8th In Line/XYZ Films. Rated 18A. 87 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★ Always a fan of Australian films, whether bigger budget or the opposite, it surprisingly took me a while to comeContinue reading “Acceptance or Redemption in These Final Hours”

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Clown Will Terrorize Your Childhood

Clown. 2014. Directed by Jon Watts. Screenplay by Christopher D. Ford & Jon Watts. Starring Peter Stormare, Eli Roth, Laura Allen, Graham Reznick, Elizabeth Whitmere, Christian Distefano, Andy Powers, John MacDonald, Chuck Shamata, Sarah Scheffer, Emily Burley, Matthew Stefiuk, Allen Altman, and Robert Reynolds. Cross Creek Pictures/PS 260/Vertebra Films/Zed Filmworks. Rated R. 100 minutes. Drama/HorrorContinue reading “Clown Will Terrorize Your Childhood”

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