Archive for March, 2007

The Hills Have Eyes 2

The Hills Have Eyes 2

| March 28, 2007

It begins with a tranquil, low-angle shot of a barren desert landscape. This desolate vista–it could be Arizona or the surface of Mars, for all we can tell–is quickly disrupted by the arrival of some faceless rogue, a beast of a man who lurches by, dragging a lifeless body behind him. Another menacing figure steps […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: Dark Ride

After Dark Horrorfest: Dark Ride

| March 27, 2007

Tobe Hooper, eat your heart out. Basically, what “Dark Ride” offers up is a serial killer who escaped from a mental institution (familiar, no?) who sets up shop in a theme park attraction called, not surprisingly, “Dark Ride.” If it sounds familiar, it’s because you may be aficionado enough to remember “The Funhouse,” Tobe Hooper’s […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: Penny Dreadful

After Dark Horrorfest: Penny Dreadful

| March 27, 2007

Penny Dreadful–it’s a really, really old term describing a kind of horrific postcard that cost a penny. It was one of the predecessors to the modern horror movie, so thank the penny dreadful, kids. And on this penny dreadful, we get a girl named Penny (wow, whatta coincidence, huh?) who survived a car wreck not […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: The Gravedancers

After Dark Horrorfest: The Gravedancers

| March 27, 2007

Too graphic? Too disturbing? Too shocking for general audiences? Then you must be talking about the After Dark Horrorfest, eight movies that’ll have you wishing someone wasn’t underestimating studio audiences so deeply. The plot is simple and yet all the more chilling for its simplicity–three old school chums mourn the passing of a friend by […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: Reincarnation

After Dark Horrorfest: Reincarnation

| March 27, 2007

If there was any movie in the After Dark Horrorfest expected, even required, to be good, it is “Reincarnation.” Why so much pressure on this one particular film? That’s an easy one. See, the director of this little beauty is none other than Takashi Shimizu, director of none other than the Ju-On series. Longtime readers […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: Unrest

After Dark Horrorfest: Unrest

| March 27, 2007

One of the first medical ghost stories I’ve ever seen comes to us via “Unrest” a dark and sinister story featuring a whole lot of corpses. Perhaps the only problem is, most of them are already dead when we find them, as opposed to being seen alive earlier in the film. And this medical ghost […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: The Hamiltons

After Dark Horrorfest: The Hamiltons

| March 27, 2007

I openly confess that, when I started “The Hamiltons,” I had the lowest hopes for it out of the entire After Dark Horrorfest lineup. It looked like your average angsty serial killer pseudo-epic. No ghosts, no monsters, no stalking or fights for survival but rather some kind of “Party of Five” episode gone horribly wrong. […]

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After Dark Horrorfest: Wicked Little Things

After Dark Horrorfest: Wicked Little Things

| March 27, 2007

Easily the second-best, tie for first, scariest movie in the entire After Dark Horrorfest, “Wicked Little Things,” packs an explosive and downright scary punch. With a DVD menu capable of even blowing away the great “Gravedancers,” “Wicked Little Things” brings us a tale of a widow who moves to the wilds of deepest Pennsylvania with […]

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Summer in Berlin

Summer in Berlin

| March 21, 2007

Nike (Nadja Uhl) rides her bicycle all over Berlin and takes care of elderly shut-ins. Her downstairs neighbor and best friend, Katrin (Inka Friedrich), is a divorcee raising her son, Max (Vincent Redetzki), who is hopelessly in love with one of his classmates, Charly (Lil Oggeson). Charly jogs a lot, so Max wants Katrin to […]

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Shooter

Shooter

| March 21, 2007

The film begins with our hero, Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) as a Marine sniper doing overwatch service with his spotting partner, Donny Fenn. They must protect a motorized squad returning from a mission. Things seem to go well enough at first, in spite of the approach of a small military vehicle whose two soldiers […]