Cell is an Okay Zombie Flick but King Can Do Better

Cell. 2016. Directed by Tod Williams. Screenplay by Adam Alleca & Stephen King, based on King’s novel of the same name. Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacey Keach, Joshua Mikel, Alex ter Avest, Griffin Freeman, E. Roger Mitchell, & Wilbur Fitzgerald. The Genre Co./Benaroya Pictures/Cargo Entertainment. Rated R. 98 minutes. Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller ★★★Continue reading “Cell is an Okay Zombie Flick but King Can Do Better”

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MOST LIKELY TO DIE Makes Your Next High School Reunion a Possible Nightmare

As if I needed any more reasons to not go to my high school reunion.
You never know who’ll become a lawyer, a doctor, a plumber, or a serial killer.

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Hush: Flanagan and Siegel Offer a Quietly Unnerving Horror

Hush. 2016. Directed by Mike Flanagan. Screenplay by Flanagan & Kate Siegel. Starring John Gallagher Jr, Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, & Emma Graves. Intrepid Pictures/Blumhouse Productions. Rated R. 87 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★  I’m unabashedly a fan of Mike Flanagan. While a lot of people were blown away by his horror Oculus, as well asContinue reading “Hush: Flanagan and Siegel Offer a Quietly Unnerving Horror”

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Bleed is Never Better Than the Sum of its Parts

Bleed. 2016. Directed by Tripp Rhame. Screenplay by Ben Jacoby from a story by Rhame. Starring Chelsey Crisp, Riley Smith, Michael Steger, Lyndon Smith, Brittany Ishibashi, Elimu Nelson, & David Yow. Spitfire Studios. Not Rated. 82 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★1/2  Tripp Rhame’s debut feature Bleed, also known as The Circle, is a mixed-bag of tricks. SomeContinue reading “Bleed is Never Better Than the Sum of its Parts”

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Martyrs 2.0 – The Little Remake That Shouldn’t

Martyrs. 2016. Directed by Kevin & Michael Goetz. Screenplay by Mark L. Smith; based on the original characters from Pascal Laugier’s film. Starring Troian Bellisario, Caitlin Carmichael, Kate Burton, Bailey Noble, Toby Huss, Diana Hopper, Lexi DiBenedetto, Taylor John Smith, Peter Michael Goetz, and DaJuan Johnson. Blumhouse Productions/The Safran Company/Temple Hill Entertainment. Unrated. 81 minutes.Continue reading “Martyrs 2.0 – The Little Remake That Shouldn’t”

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