The Holdovers feels like the kind of movie that hardly gets made anymore, or at least hardly gets made for the masses: an emotionally resonant, character-based drama for adults. A beautiful film that’s sweet but not cloying, that pulls on the heartstrings without being manipulative. It all just feels so…true.
An exceptionally dull holiday slasher that seems to be embarrassed about being a Christmas movie or a slasher. Casting someone as charismatic as Bill Moseley as your killer and then giving him nothing to do but grunt “Laura…” now and then is a real bonehead move. How in the hell is this from the same guy that gave us Two Lane Blacktop?
So, listen, I really like Eli Roth as a writer personality. Listening to him talk about horror movies in podcasts, in interviews, on his show The History of Horror… it’s clear that the dude is a deep well of knowledge and is truly in love with the genre.
As a filmmaker though? He’s a little hit-or-miss with me. I loved Cabin Fever when it came out 20 (!!) years ago, but the quality of his work has been declining pretty steadily since…
A meat-and-potatoes reset of the Predator franchise that gets the series back to its roots: a big ass alien monster vs a skilled human warrior. That’s all this is; Prey isn't breaking any new ground, but treading familiar areas with a modern touch. Beautifully photographed with intense gore-filled action sequences, and all anchored by a star-making turn from Amber Midthunder. Would love for this to start a trend where we see the Predator battle warriors from across the ages. Predator vs Viking, anyone?