Global armed conflict, the threat of nuclear war, and the death of innocent civilians in the meat grinder of the 20th century, all told through whimsical stop motion featuring actual humans. The setting and props are colorful and cheery, and for a few minutes you could be lulled into thinking this would be perfect for a Penny Cartoon segment on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
First saw this on VHS and it didn't do much for me. Now it's one of my favorite slasher movies.
The Blu-ray looks great, and that's part of it. The small community of Valentine Bluffs in rural Nova Scotia, and the coal mine that drives its economy, are both major characters in the film. You need to feel immersed. Smell the salt air outdoors and the stale cigarette smoke indoors. The barely breathable air of the mine, and its crushing…
I watched the 2.5-hour theatrical cut of Doctor Sleep a few years ago and thought it was okay. Tonight I watched the 3-hour director's cut, and I thought it was great. I honestly couldn't tell you what the differences were, but this experience felt much more emotional and character-driven than what I remembered. It was more in line with what I've come to expect from Mike Flanagan's horror films.
Ewan McGregor plays a grown-up version of Danny Torrance from The…
The ironic thing about Hammer horror movies is that when they were first released, they were bloody, bawdy answers to the black & white horror films of the 1930s, but now they seem relatively tame. There are still a few shocks to be had, here and there, but they're mostly corny comfort viewing.
At least for me, the one special effect that still has the power to shock in these films is the sheer physical presence of Christopher Lee. As the…
Black Christmas is one of the few movies that really, truly scared me as an adult, and continues to scare me. If you’re a horror fan, you know that Black Christmas is the first North American movie that can properly be called a “slasher movie,” and that it established the template that movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th would follow. Black Christmas is arguably the greatest slasher movie of all time, as well as the greatest…
What a difference six years makes. Where the Sidewalk Ends reunited Otto Preminger, the director of Laura (1944), with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, the two stars of Laura.
This reunion between director and actors was nothing earthshaking. In the years between Laura and Where the Sidewalk Ends, Preminger had worked with both Andrews and Tierney again separately, and Tierney and Andrews had appeared together in the film The Iron Curtain (1948), which Preminger didn't direct.
But comparing Laura with…