Michael J. Epstein

Michael J. Epstein


I make things so clowns don't eat me.

I'm morally opposed to ratings.

Favorite films

  • Barbarella
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  • Phantasm
  • Death Race 2000

Recent activity

  • Kajillionaire

  • The Day After Tomorrow

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Recent reviews

  • The Jerry Show

    The Jerry Show


    There's probably a better movie of some kind, somewhere out there in the world, but I've certainly never seen it.

  • The Boy Behind the Door

    The Boy Behind the Door

    I don't really rate movies on here. I don't believe in it. But I thought it was important to make some notes on this one. The filmmakers are clearly talented at making suspenseful movies. The actors are good at acting in suspenseful movies. This is basically a hair-thin demo reel of "exciting situations" exploiting the near-universal, innate aversion to seeing kids harmed. In and of itself, that is fine, and clearly a lot of people find that to be sufficient…

Popular reviews

  • Culture Shock

    Culture Shock


    This is an absolutely unsettling, fantastic take on a complex subject. It is hard to say too much without spoiling the experience, but the film is wonderfully split by style and feel to tell the stories of two different worlds that ultimately collide. Really impressive filmmaking, and by far the most visionary and insightful of the Into the Darks that I have seen.

  • Echoes of Fear

    Echoes of Fear

    Echoes of Fear is a great balance of smart, surprising, and accessible. It has very creepy sequences that are built around effective scares. And Trista Robinson is fantastic as the fearless protagonist in impossibly frightening situations!