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  • Better Watch Out

    Better Watch Out

    ★★★½

    I had been saving a pile of holiday horror movies for so long that I was starting to see the title Better Watch Out in my sleep. Finally the season is upon us and quite frankly, this movie would be perfectly fine to watch ANY time of year! It does happen to take place during a Christmas party and the soundtrack is mostly old school holiday tunes, this all plays a part in tricking you into thinking “traditional” holiday slasher.…

  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    This movie really made me think about the things that I personally find "scary". It's not vampires, werewolves, zombies, or demons. It's not those things because of sunlight, wooden stakes, silver bullets, holy water, crucifixes, head shots, fire, exorcisms, etc. What's really scary are the horrors that are coming after you that you CANNOT identify. A silver bullet won't work on a demon. Fire won't work on a vampire. If you don't know what's after you, what will you fight…

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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!

    Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!

    ★★

    Not as bad as the second one but still bad, for completely different reasons. While the first sequel was a lazy rehash of the original with a rushed and terribly acted second half, this one is just plain boring. It desperately tries to create complex characters (the lead heroine is a snarky, blind psychic), at the cost of pacing the way we enjoy in the slasher genre... and it just barely even sneaks in the Santa angle that was SO…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    As a fan of horror and sci-fi, I learned long ago to “willingly suspend my disbelief” when watching my favorite film genres. This movie has not a single shred of believability, from the impossible luck (and skill sets) of the primary actors, to the goofy comic book action scenes, to the Hollywood dialogue that isn’t the way anyone really talks to each other, to... hell, I could go on and on. Even the CGI looks like it came from twenty…

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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    Let me start by addressing the most important point of this movie: the first half is a summarized recap of the first movie as told by an adult version of the younger brother Ricky to a prison psychiatrist. It’s not just a re-imagining, it’s actual footage from the original movie, as if the producers felt NO ONE could have possibly watched it! A complete waste for those of us who have.

    Finally, the sequel begins about forty minutes in, and…

  • Silent Night

    Silent Night

    ★★★½

    What makes a slasher film work? Is it the script? The acting? An unusual creative angle by a talented director? Those things help but let’s face it, it’s all about the violence. Silent Night, a “loose remake” of 1984’s Silent Night, Deadly Night proves this again.

    Throughout this Christmas-themed slasher, we watch a masked Santa kill the reprehensible people (the lusty priest, bratty, entitled teenager, pornographers, etc) of a small Wisconsin town as the small police force trIes to figure…