¡°Sator¡¯s¡± smoke comes from the tinder of its atmospheric allure, not from the thin sticks of its highly fragile fantasy.
I watched ¡°Paranormal Prison¡± because I was morbidly curious about haunted building ¡°found footage¡± fluttering briefly back to life, and look what little that got me.
¡°Wrong Turn¡± isn¡¯t a ¡°retain the rights¡± rush job. It¡¯s a well-crafted thriller with a fair number of things falling into its favor.
Regardless of whether this one tickles your particular dark fantasy fancy, Jennifer Harrington certainly knows how to cut together a crisp flick.
Who knew the tantalizing prospect of Nic Cage carving his way through homicidal pizza mascots would prove to be so disappointingly dull?
On any other day, I¡¯d review ¡°Fear of Rain¡± unfavorably for being a ¡°morning watch¡± movie you¡¯d fully forget about by the afternoon. Not today though.
Whoever selects Barbara Crampton¡¯s projects needs to turn down things like ¡°Sacrifice,¡± a waterlogged thriller that¡¯s as pedestrian as its recycled title.
Marshall and Kirk made a two-hour snoozer whose primary value is as a surefire solution for shooting your attention span to ribbons.
I imagine there was a river of drool in the theater row where A24 buyers sat during the film¡¯s festival debut. ¡°Holy sh*t! Did Rose Glass make this movie specifically for us?¡±
In keeping with ¡®90s cinema references, ¡°A Nightmare Wakes¡± is essentially a horror-tinged arthouse biopic by way of Merchant-Ivory on a budget.
Appreciators of smoldering suspense, indie aesthetics, and foreign flair will be pleasantly surprised at how much polish ¡°The Funeral Home¡± puts on a traditional haunted house yarn.
Knocks at the door when no one is there can only take a horror movie so far, and that distance has difficulty covering ¡°The Night¡¯s¡± runtime.
¡°Psycho Goreman¡± is kind of a kooky kid flick for adults who fondly remember ¡®The Neverending Story¡¯ and want to see dark fantasy like that with the gnarliness ratcheted up to 11.
I preferred ¡°Don¡¯t Tell a Soul¡± when it was being a drama over when it was being a thriller. And I think its solution for a solution is more of a copout than a clever twist.
Tom Savini¡¯s fire appears impossible to distinguish, and ¡°Smoke and Mirrors¡± makes sure everyone can see how brightly that blaze burns.
It¡¯s fluff you can watch on fast-forward and the only side effect is how much faster the film will evaporate from your memory.
Sometimes, one person¡¯s impressively contemplative sci-fi is simply another person¡¯s superficially padded speculative fiction.
You¡¯ll certainly carry it with you in your mind¡¯s eye. If not for the full movie, then for the vicious visuals of the finale.
Whether it was Max Landis¡¯s doing or director Roseanne Liang¡¯s, the film¡¯s ¡°women first and forward¡± attitude proves to be more fun than the few and far between action scenes.
The obvious question on everyone¡¯s mind is, ¡°What the hell is Bruce Willis doing in direct-to-streaming slums?¡±