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.
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…
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.
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.