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Posts tagged ‘Horror Films’

13
Aug

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

by NIR SHALEV

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

In the middle of a desert and surrounded by mountains lies a gothic orphanage. It is run by Carmen (Marisa Paredes) and Dr. Casares (Federico Luppi). All of the kids in it are boys of varying ages and the latest newcomer is Carlos (Fernando Tielve). Dumped there by his tutor, Carlos immediately feels alone and is also, almost immediately picked on by the tallest and, probably, oldest kid there, Jaime (Inigo Garces). Jaime eventually picks on Carlos less and less because Carlos isn’t afraid. Carlos even tries to buddy up to him more and more as the film progresses. Read more »

18
Jun

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Stoker (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Stoker (2013)

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) lives with her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) in their giant gothic mansion and even though she has everything at her disposal (a vast library of literary classics and texts, servants/maids, et al.), she’s still a quiet, introverted girl who keeps to herself at all hours of the day. And Evelyn drinks like a fish and lack all motherly skills. Read more »

4
Jun

On DVD/Blu-ray – Capsule Review: Warm Bodies (2013)

by HELEN GEIB

Warm Bodies (2013)

Romeo and Juliet and Zombies”. The best movie of the year so far is unexpectedly a representative of that most dreaded of contemporary cultural phenomena, the literary mash-up. High school educators and Hollywood alike persist in thinking that the target audience for the Shakespearean romance is the age of its doomed lovers. That’s still not true of Warm Bodies even with several years added to the characters’ ages and tragedy (mostly) replaced by comedy. Read more »

6
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

by NIR SHALEV

Editor’s Note: Nir wrote this review in celebration of Halloween, but my trial commitments kept me from putting it up until this week. Take it as an early recommendation for next year and not a commentary on Election Day.

Freddy (Thom Mathews) just started his new job at the Uneeda Medical Supply warehouse and is receiving his tour of the place. His boss Frank (James Karen) secretly discloses to him that George Romero’s film The Night of the Living Dead (1968) is loosely based on a true story and that due to a shipping mishap several cadavers that were exposed to a dangerous, experimental, toxic nerve gas have been stored in the basement of their warehouse. Read more »

9
Oct

On DVD/Blu-ray – Prometheus (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Gorgeous, scary, vague, dumb, brilliant… take your pick. All those words are befitting the film through a subjective point of view. But objectively we can agree that Prometheus is a mesmerizing, thought-provoking, gorgeously shot and lit, and purposefully vague film that delivers on its premise: A group of scientists travel to a faraway solar system in order to investigate the origin of life on Earth. Read more »

2
Oct

On DVD/Blu-ray – Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

by HELEN GEIB

Out of this week’s new releases I’ve only seen Dark Shadows, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s collaboration to bring the cult favorite soap opera to the big screen. You can read my unenthusiastic review here. In the same general cult horror vein but far, far more interesting is the new eight disc Blu-ray box set “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.” Read more »

29
Sep

Trailers for Movies I Like: The Faculty (1998)

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series. Title self-explanatory.

11
Jul

In the Blogosphere – July, 2012

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly round-up of some recent blog posts I enjoyed reading.

Films Worth Watching praises Lillian and Dorothy Gish in Orphans of the Storm

At Observations on film art, David Bordwell takes the publication of the new edition of Film Art, his textbook with Kristin Thompson, as an opportunity for reflection and a look ahead Read more »

24
Jun

Movie Review – Prometheus (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Either Prometheus contains the vaguest screenplay ever written or it’s a remarkable achievement in storytelling that doesn’t contain much exposition. Either way, there’s a unique and terrific story within that I won’t touch on because it exists mainly in the second half of the film and it concerns everything that happens in the first half. Read more »

22
May

On DVD/Blu-ray – The Woman in Black (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Hammer Films, the company that brought us classics such as The Horror of Dracula (1958) and The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) brings us this gorgeously shot, well acted, and thoroughly creepy film about a young widower who discovers that the vengeful ghost of a woman is causing the mysterious suicides of children in an English village. Read more »