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  • Invitation to Hell

    Invitation to Hell

    ★★★

    The same year that A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET became one of the biggest horror hits of the decade, director Wes Craven churned out this silly, enjoyable made-for-TV movie about an idyllic middle class family dealing with temptation.

    The cast of INVITATION TO HELL is a who's-who of 1980s middlebrow Hollywood royalty, with Robert Urich (VEGA$, SPENCER FOR HIRE) and Joanna Cassidy (FALCON CREST) moving their kids (Soleil Moon Frye and Barret Oliver, who, also that year, would become better…

  • Romina

    Romina

    I was lured into this new Mexican slasher by its unusually low IMDb rating of 2.3/10. It's a relatively tame riff on I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE as it depicts the slaying of a group of reasonably despicable young campers at the hands of a vengeful woman (or does it?). Director Diego Cohen takes an agreeably naturalistic approach, getting decent performances from the cast, and the cinematography is far better than I expected. The plotting is clumsy, however, and the…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★

    I simply didn't care. Great acting, particularly by Ed Norton and Emma Stone. Early on Stone's character lets loose with an eviscerating speech that summed up my feelings exactly. Then it kept going for over an hour.

  • Krampus

    Krampus

    ★★★½

    After hearing and reading in review after review that Krampus was a fun '80s-ish horror romp not unlike Gremlins, I was not expecting something this unremittingly dark and bleak. Still, I far prefer Daugherty's eclectic and unnerving brand of visual creepiness to the canned horror of James Wan and Blumhouse, and Krampus serves up a quality parade of Christmassy ghoulishness. It just isn't an experience you're likely to be smiling about afterward, and at several points I questioned my choice to invite my 12-year-old daughter to watch it with me. And she's been watching Gremlins since she was six.