“As Above/So Below” — A Slice of SciFi Review

As Above/So Below teaser

With a late August release date and very little fanfare, my expectations going into this movie were exceedingly low. Having suffered through my share of mediocre, grade-B horror films recently, it was with much trepidation that I made my way into the theatre. Perhaps it was partially due to my lowered expectation, but once the film began I found myself pleasantly surprised.

“Maleficent” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Disney's Maleficent

Maleficent is Disney’s update of the Sleeping Beauty story, only this time told from the “villain’s” point of view. Ultimately we see the transformation of Maleficent from a loving, naïve young fairy creature into the dark malevolent sorceress of the Sleeping Beauty tale.

“SOS: Save Our Skins” — A Slice of SciFi Review

SOS: Save Our Skins

SOS is similar in style and tone to something like Kevin Smith’s debut feature Clerks. It’s a couple guys with a video camera, seemingly having fun with their friends and coming up with skits to make themselves laugh.

“All Cheerleaders Die” — A Slice of SciFi On Demand Review

All Cheerleaders Die

I’m not sure how to summarize the plot of Lucky McKee’s latest feature film All Cheerleaders Die.

The closest thing I can think to compare it to would be the first Tarantino/Rodriguez From Dusk Till Dawn movie. You start out thinking you’re watching one kind of movie, and all of a sudden you’re watching something completely different.

“Oculus” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Oculus mirror

The selling points of this film for genre fans are obvious. It is a pleasure to see Karen Gillan on screen playing a character different from Amy Pond, and Katee Sackhoff pulls off a role that is haunting with some genuine shock value. The characters are introduced in a manner that is intriguing, and we quickly find ourselves wanting to know what happened and where the story is heading.

“War of the Worlds: Goliath” — A Slice of SciFi Blu-ray Review

WotW Goliath

Set on the earth of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds: Goliath is an interesting venture in alternate history. It takes the idea of an earth that is invaded by Martians in 1899 and then fast-forwards fifteen years to 1914.

“The Monkey’s Paw” — A Slice of SciFi TV Review

The Monkey's Paw

The tale of a cursed item that grants wishes, but always with a malevolent twist, is one that is ripe for theatrical presentation. I was therefore intrigued that horror channel Chiller TV had picked up on this classic tale as the basis for a made-for-TV movie.

“The Legend of Hercules” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Legend of Hercules

Once upon a time, American theaters were flooded with Hercules, Samson, Goliath, and Maciste films imported from Italy during the late 1950s-mid 1960s. This sort of storytelling represents a time-honored genre deserving of a reboot with modern casting and modern special effects.

“Cassadaga” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Cassadaga

CASSADAGA tells the story of Lily Morel (Kelen Coleman), a post-lingually deaf artist, who participates in a séance in the spiritualist community of Cassadaga. But instead of getting closure with her recently departed sister, Lily contacts the vengeful ghost of a murdered woman. As the ghost becomes increasingly angry and violent, Lily rushes to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death – a task that will bring her face-to-face with a sadistic serial killer who turns his victims into human marionette dolls.

“I Am ZoZo” — A Slice of SciFi Review

I Am ZoZo thumbnail

If you are a believer in the supernatural or can suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in the lore of the ZoZo spirit, it’s a spooky little horror movie with some genuinely creepy moments. This is a film that will make you want to avoid playing with Ouija boards, and may leave you wanting to sleep with the lights on after it’s over.

“Thor: The Dark World” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Thor: The Dark World

Personally I found it refreshing, and frankly somewhat of a relief, how fully this Thor movie was willing to be something of an exercise in high fantasy. I was impressed by just how much of the film took place in Asgard and the nine realms, and how much of the story’s focus was on the gods and their challenges as opposed to the focus being primarily on humanity.

Ender’s Game — A Slice of SciFi Review

Ender's Game

I’m not somebody who normally thinks that written material can’t be adapted to the screen. It’s generally my philosophy that, in the hands of a truly skilled filmmaker, the feel or essence of anything that can be conveyed in words can also be conveyed through film.

“Kick-Ass 2″ — A Slice of SciFi Review

Kick-Ass 2

I didn’t expect this to be a movie that was likely to capture the subversive spirit of the original. I was completely taken off-guard by just how much of a good time it turned out to be. There was barely a scene in the film that didn’t have me rolling in my seat with laughter. I found it to be smart, sarcastic, over the top funny, and thoroughly engaging.

“Do Not Disturb” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Do Not Disturb

I can’t count how many low budget, independent horror films I’ve seen which seem to think they are doing something innovative and cutting edge by filling the screen with the most sickening imagery that the director can dream up, while casting aside niceties such as plotting, pacing, and character development.

Elysium — A Slice of SciFi Review

Elysium

I don’t know that I can write an objective review of Elysium, because my expectations going into it were so sky high.

I was looking for something to examine some of the complexities surrounding world poverty and inequality. Instead, I got a straightforward good-guys vs. bad-guys shoot ‘em up.