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  • Wishmaster 1997

    ★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    Film #17 in 31 Days of Halloween Horror, 2014

    An discombobulated, but passable horror flick whose main draws are over-the-top gory kills (using a decent blend of CGI and practicall) and a whole host of genre favorites in the cast (e.g. Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd). Andrew Divoff is fun as the Loki-esque Djinn. Very much a relic of the 90's.

  • Pumpkinhead 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    Film #16 in 31 Days of Halloween Horror, 2014

    VFX maestro Stan Winston (RIP) made his directorial debut helming a tragic, modern take of a Grimm's fairy tale. Although the film is unevenly paced, Pumpkinhead is a very good monster movie dripping with atmosphere, excellent visuals and creature effects (not surprising), a memorably tense score, and a solid cast. The teen victims in this film are better than par than your typical 80's horror film (i.e. you actually feel kinda…

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  • Annabelle 2014

    ★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    Although it admirably tries to retain the spirit and tone of The Conjuring, Annabelle is in many respects a lesser film than its predecessor. A sense of Rosemary's Baby-esque parental dread does effectively permeate the film, but the scares themselves are mostly ineffectual save for the first and last ones. Still, it is centered by a lovely performance by Annabelle Wallis - hope this leads to bigger and better things for her.

    Eagerly waiting for the Warrens to return to the big screen in The Conjuring sequel.

  • Somewhere in Time 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2012

    Old-fashioned Hollywood weepie with a devastating ending, but it tugs on the heart strings so very well. Jane Seymour has never been more exquisite. Christopher Reeve utilizes his gentle, boyish charisma to maximum effect. But of course, the main draw here is the legendary John Barry's (RIP) unforgettable score. The swells and cadences of the main theme are equal parts pure love and pure melancholy - a perfect aural representation of Richard's state-of-mind throughout the film.