No Telling: Mary Shelley’s Rural Frankenstein

No Telling. 1991. Directed by Larry Fessenden. Screenplay by Larry Fessenden & Beck Underwood. Starring Miriam Healy-Louie, Stephen Ramsey, David Van Tieghem, Richard Topol, Ashley Arcement, Robert Brady, Susan Doukas, Ward Burlingham, J.J. Clark, Stanley Taub, Francois Lampietti, and John Van Couvering. Glass Eye Pix. Not Rated. 93 minutes. Horror ★★★★1/2 Larry Fessenden has longContinue reading “No Telling: Mary Shelley’s Rural Frankenstein”

Rate this:

The Bleeding Religion of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs

Martyrs. 2008. Directed & Written by Pascal Laugier. Starring Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan, Louise Boisvert, and Jean-Marie Moncelet. Canal+. Rated R. 99 minutes. Drama/Horror ★★★★★ Martyrs is most definitely a bloody, gory, savage film from beginning to end. Of course those bits alternate, as well as theContinue reading “The Bleeding Religion of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs”

Rate this:

Halloween II: One of the Few Perfect Slasher Sequels

Halloween II. 1981. Directed by Rick Rosenthal. Screenplay by John Carpenter & Debra Hill. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop, Hunter von Leer, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi, Gloria Gifford, and Tawny Moyer. Dino De Laurentiis Company. Rated R. 92 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) ThereContinue reading “Halloween II: One of the Few Perfect Slasher Sequels”

Rate this:

ENEMY is a Beautiful, Dark Mindfuck

Enemy. 2014. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini. E1 Films. Rated R. 90 minutes. Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ (Movie) ★★★★ (Blu ray release) I won’t waste any time really describing the plot of Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which is in part based on the novel The Double by José Saramago. You can easily getContinue reading “ENEMY is a Beautiful, Dark Mindfuck”

Rate this:

V/H/S/2: A Mixed Bag of Nasty Tricks

V/H/S 2. 2013. Directors: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sánchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, and Jason Eisener. Magnet Releasing. Rated 18A. 96 minutes. Horror. ★★★1/2 (Movie) ★★ (Blu ray release) For my review of the first V/H/S on Blu ray, click here.  For a review of the third installment in the trilogy, V/H/S: Viral, clickContinue reading “V/H/S/2: A Mixed Bag of Nasty Tricks”

Rate this:

The Raid 2: Because Somehow It Gets Better

The Raid 2: Berandal. 2014. Directed & Written by Gareth Evans. Starring Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Yayan Ruhian, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusodewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo, and Kazuki Kitamura. Entertainment One Films Canada. Rated 18A. 150 minutes. Action/Crime/Thriller ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) Even the trailer just absolutely melts myContinue reading “The Raid 2: Because Somehow It Gets Better”

Rate this:

One Ass Kicker Cop v. A Building Full of Psychotics in The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption. 2011.  Dir. Gareth Evans.  Starring. Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Tegar Satrya, and Ray Sahetapy. XYZ Films. Rated 18A. 100 minutes. Action/Crime/Thriller ★★★★1/2 (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) There are not a lot of action films I truly love, in the sense I don’t particularly favour theContinue reading “One Ass Kicker Cop v. A Building Full of Psychotics in The Raid: Redemption”

Rate this:

The Guest is like a Young Terminator in Post-Blackwater Era

The Guest. 2014. Directed by Adam Wingard. Written by Simon Barrett. Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick. Picturehouse. Rated 14A. 99 minutes. Action/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ To begin, I’ve been a fan of Adam Wingard a long while. I think the first time I actually saw one of hisContinue reading “The Guest is like a Young Terminator in Post-Blackwater Era”

Rate this:

Kevin Smith’s Whacky Creature Feature: Tusk

Tusk. 2014. Directed & Written by Kevin Smith. Starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, and Johnny Depp. Sony Pictures Releasing Canada. Rated 14A. 102 minutes. Comedy/Horror ★★★★ First of all, a lot of people seem to misunderstand Tusk as a film overall. It’s meant, above all else, as a comedy and a drama.Continue reading “Kevin Smith’s Whacky Creature Feature: Tusk”

Rate this:

Trollhunter: Found Footage Fairy Tales

Trollhunter. 2010. Directed & Written by André Øvredal. Starring Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørck, Knut Naerum, Robert Stoltenberg, and Glenn Erland Tosterud. Momentum Pictures. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Dark Fantasy/Comedy ★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) When you hear the title Trollhunter it isn’t easy to imagine what the plot and storyContinue reading “Trollhunter: Found Footage Fairy Tales”

Rate this:

Prisoners: Guzikowski & Villeneuve Subvert the Usual Thriller

Prisoners. 2013. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Written by Aaron Guzikowski. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. Warner Brothers Pictures. 14A. 153 minutes. Drama/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ (Movie) ★★★ (Blu ray release) Denis Villeneuve has been on my radar ever since I was first able to see Polytechnique; a greatContinue reading “Prisoners: Guzikowski & Villeneuve Subvert the Usual Thriller”

Rate this:

The Last House on the Left: Angry, Ugly People

Wes Craven’s early work expresses a ton of violence from angry, ugly people at pretty young things.

Rate this: