• Street Tales of Terror

    Street Tales of Terror

    ★★½

    Street Tales of Misogyny would have been a more accurate title! Found this on YouTube and a quick peek suggested a low budget Tales From The Hood. I’m down with that, I thought. There I go, “thinking” again.

    The “wrapper” story, a tradition in anthology movies, is bush league gangster stuff where some thugs spare a homeless man after he witnesses their crime. He bargains for his life in return for telling them some stories. Hoo boy, that seems like something that…

  • Bad Ben

    Bad Ben

    ★★★½

    There’s only one actor in this found footage/paranormal activity romp. Fortunately he’s a believable actor and also more or less a one-man show in this whole production. While almost anyone can piece together this kind of movie, which consists of only cell phone and security camera video and with virtually no money, it takes vision and imagination to actually make it worth watching.

    Bad Ben is worth watching. It’s slow at times but in a way that builds tension, especially once…

  • Taste the Blood of Dracula

    Taste the Blood of Dracula

    ★★★½

    From the opening scenes where Dracula has been impaled by a large cross and his body disintegrates, you can tell right away that team Hammer wasn’t going to dally about with backstory for this one. Nor was it necessary, as this this is the fifth installment in Hammer’s Dracula saga, which was surely a fixture by this time.

    Following the events of 1968’s Dracula Has Risen From The Grave - where in the end he was impaled by a large cross…

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    ★★½

    Hello, Mr. Outlier here again.

    I'm OK with filling in the blanks, connecting the dots, even drawing my own conclusions about the true or deeper meaning of a film. And yet here I am again baffled by loads of symbolism and inference about the nature of Picnic at Hanging Rock. Beautiful cinematography and a score to die for, and if the intrigue alone isn't enough, there is no way anyone can just look away or tune out of a movie…

  • Creature from Black Lake

    Creature from Black Lake

    ★★

    I wish it was the Black Lagoon. This Black Lake creature is pretty lame.

    For HOOPTOBER 8, 2021 "2 folk horror".

  • Night of the Eagle

    Night of the Eagle

    ★★★½

    There’s a warning before the movie starts informing us in complete darkness that there are evil incantations in the movie. Thankfully the announcer dispels these before the movie begins. I’m fact, the 1962 moviegoers were given a packet of salt and an incantation spell. Uh oh, I didn’t have these things when I watched it, am I cursed!? Let’s see if I can make it through my review.

    I was immediately reminded of the terrible George Romero movie Hungry Wives that I…

  • The Monster Club

    The Monster Club

    ★★★½

    When Vincent Price and John Carradine get together you know you’re in for some fun hijinx! Or more likely the shenanigans happened at the bar AFTER filming each day. With these two horror legends leading off an anthology you might not expect the whole thing to be mainly lighthearted, but it is. It’s even got TWO theme songs, including one by the up and coming reggae pop band UB40 (Red Red Wine, anyone?)

    The Monster Club is both an organization…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★

    The official movie of the phrase “life’s a beach and then you die”.

    Seriously, this is a beautiful horror movie and if you care about any of the characters you’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It’s not without its problems, but if you can keep that willing suspension of disbelief alive it’s worth your time. Because if horror is truly your thing, one of the few true horrors that is rarely addressed in cinema…

  • J.D.'s Revenge

    J.D.'s Revenge

    ★★★

    Watching this felt like watching an extended, R-rated episode of Night Gallery, the 1970’s television anthology series that was the successor to The Twilight Zone. Everything from the direction, the screenplay and even the score feels as if it’s dipped in Night Gallery’s palette. All it is missing is the painting it represents… and Rod Serling.

    A hard-working student and cab driver is gradually being possessed by the spirit of a badass 40’s gangster. What is reverend Louis Gossett’s role…

  • The Scooby-Doo Project

    The Scooby-Doo Project

    I was never a fan of the Scooby Doo cartoon but the Scooby gang in a Blair Witch Project mash-up?! I’m ALL IN. Almost immediately I was asking myself why I wasn’t a fan of the cartoon, but the answer was made clear right away too. What makes THIS so funny is that it pokes fun at all of the silly things each character does. Along the way it also does the Scooby take on some of the memorable Blair Witch scenes, and all of this happens in about seventeen minutes.

    Surprisingly funny!

    For HOOPTOBER 8, 2021: "Extra Work"

  • Sweet Home

    Sweet Home

    ★★★★½

    I’ve long known about the 1989 videogame “Sweet Home” by Capcom. It was released in Japan on the Famicom (known as the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES on the United States) but never made it here. It became the inspiration for what would be a huge franchise hit for Capcom called “Resident Evil”. Perhaps you’ve heard of that one! Both games fall squarely into the horror category, both involve navigating through a huge mansion occupied by evil entities. “Sweet Home”…

  • Iced

    Iced

    ★★

    Iced starts like every 80’s ski-themed movie ever made (young friends in colorful ski gear interrupted by an aggressive dude who challenges one of them, with the implication that a girlfriend is the prize). Fortunately it gets out of 80’s ski movie mode early and into killer revenge mode.

    And it’s all “downhill” from there.

    Haw haw, not really, though the premise itself IS pretty far-fetched. Revenge we can all understand but the motivation and extreme measures taken here are…