An impressive found footage film that strikes at the heart of the everyday family.
This film never gets the credit it deserves. But it’s one of the best post-2000 crime-thrillers out there, directed/written by the one and only James Gray.
Trigger Man. 2007. Directed, Edited, & Written by Ti West. Starring Reggie Cunningham, Ray Sullivan, Sean Reid, Heather Robb, James Felix McKenney, Seth Abrams, & Larry Fessenden. KINO International/Glass Eye Pix/Scareflix/CCR Productions. Unrated. 80 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★1/2 This is a slightly unusual film out of Ti West’s filmography. He is a great director, in myContinue reading “Take a Tense Little Ride with Trigger Man”
Zodiac. 2007. Directed by David Fincher. Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, John Lacy, Chloë Sevigny, Ed Setrakian, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, & Elias Koteas. PhoenixContinue reading “Zodiac: The Dark Reality of an Uncaught Killer”
Halloween. 2007. Directed & Written by Rob Zombie; based on the original screenplay by John Carpenter & Debra Hill. Starring Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Richard Lynch, Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Danny Trejo, Lew Temple, Tom Towles, Bill Moseley, & Leslie Easterbrook. Dimension Films/Nightfall Productions/Spectacle Entertainment Group/TrancasContinue reading “Rob Zombie Presents Halloween: The Horrific Origins of Michael Myers”
Paranormal Activity. 2007. Directed & Written by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, and Ashley Palmer. Solana Films/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 86 minutes. Horror ★★★★ When done correctly, I am a huge fan of found footage. Whether it’s using the thriller style, as I recently enjoyed in the film 419, orContinue reading “Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings”
Another WRONG TURN, another bunch of blood and guts. This sequel’s actually not so bad.
[Rec]. 2007. Directed by Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza. Screenplay by Jaume Balagueró, Luis Berdejo & Paco Plaza. Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell, and Carlos Vicente. Sony Pictures. Rated R. 78 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★1/2 First off – I’m not one of these snobs who feels the needContinue reading “[REC] Follows Everyday Life into a Zombie Epidemic”
A bit of Christmas sneer when a psychopath takes captive his perfect Christmas dinner guest.
Found footage isn’t always as unsettling as it hopes to be, but this one strikes at the heart of fear in such visceral ways it’s hard to imagine until you’ve seen it.