Author Archive: Calhoun Kersten

Calhoun Kersten is a recent transplant to the whimsical world of LA. Equal parts disarmingly charming and stunningly good looking, he enjoys horror films, nachos, and sharks. If you're interested in more of his depravity, please check out one of his many blogs.

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Shark Divers

Shark Divers

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ever since I saw Jaws as a kid, I’ve been simultaneously fearful and fascinated by sharks. I imagine my story isn’t too uncommon, with the ever-increasing popularity of Discovery’s Shark Week. So when Mill Creek Entertainment stepped up to the plate, with their newest release Shark Divers, I was a little nervous. What was I […]

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Thin Ice

Thin Ice

| June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thin Ice, the latest from director Jill Sprecher, is a difficult movie to describe. At first glance, it is a con movie. Upon further examination, it becomes clear that Thin Ice is merely masquerading as a crime comedy. At heart, it is a dramedy about an insurance man’s mid-life crisis that flirts with the ideas […]

Act of Valor

Act of Valor

| June 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Act of Valor is a propaganda film, make no mistake about that. Albeit it is a stunningly filmed and marvelously choreographed propaganda film, but it is a film with an agenda nevertheless. Given that the film has proudly declared its use of “Active Duty Navy Seals” and was co-financed by the Navy Seals themselves, this […]

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Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense

| May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

How many times can we be force fed the same movie about two beautiful, but damaged people trying to learn how to love again? What Perfect Sense does have going for it is its backdrop. The choice of a decaying world losing its senses may sound like an unlikely setting for a love story, and […]

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Dark Shadows: Fan Favorites and The Best of Barnabas

Dark Shadows: Fan Favorites and The Best of Barnabas

| May 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

In an attempt to capitalize on the buzz surrounding Tim Burton’s take on Dark Shadows, the cult classic TV series is finally being made available in its entirety. While I cannot speak definitively on the Burton and Depp collaboration, which looks like Addams Family Redux, I can say with some certainty that those looking forward […]

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Enter Nowhere

Enter Nowhere

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Enter Nowhere is a difficult film to describe. It focuses on three strangers who are brought together in a mysterious cabin in the woods. As the film unravels, it becomes clear that the three might have more in common than they had suspected in the first place. Unfortunately, for the audience it’s nearly an hour […]

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Viper

Viper

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that there was once a time in cinematic history that Viper was deemed fit for theatrical release. The film fits into a weird place in both cinematic and American history. At the height of the Cold War and amidst a presidential election that ended up going to the Republicans, Viper pits […]

Rick Baker Interview

Rick Baker Interview

| April 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

They often say, “You should never meet your heroes. They’ll only disappoint you.” So it was with great fear that I walked into the elaborate hotel room where I was to speak with legendary make-up artist Rick Baker. I nervously twiddled my thumbs as I waited for the movie legend to finish conducting his interview […]

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Interview with ‘The Innkeepers’ Director, Ti West

Interview with ‘The Innkeepers’ Director, Ti West

| April 21, 2012 | 1 Comments

Every once in a while, a powerful and unforgettable horror film comes along. Director Ti West takes a moment to speak with Film Monthly writer, Calhoun Kersten to explain what went into this labor of love. C: Now, The House of the Devil was filmed, obviously, several years before The Innkeepers. What was it about […]

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Angel’s Crest

Angel’s Crest

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Angels Crest is a tragic story about an ill-equipped father losing his son. Angels Crest is also a mild thriller about a detective with a checkered past who finds himself drawn into the case. That’s the problem with the film honestly. It’s two stories going on at the same time. While this is nothing new […]

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