Reviewing “The Curse of Downers Grove” Good acting overshadows the lack of any supernatural element to "the curse"

Curse of Downers Grove

While the landscape of the movie is a little on the bleak and colorless side, the vibrant characters more than make up for that. The film ends with a startling twist that is highly satisfying if you like a good shock to go with your suspense, but ultimately the framework of the Curse is shaky at best. In the end, the DVD is worth the investment… just don’t expect too many supernatural thrills from this one. If teen angst and a good stalker thriller is your cup of tea, however, you have my word: you will not be disappointed.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Nightmare Code” The 2015 Philip K. Dick Film Festival Award-Winner comes to VOD and DVD

Nightmare Code

This is a very interesting movie, instead of being told through the POV of the main character, Brett Desmond (Andrew J. West) the perspective is through the Emergent AI itself. This is done in a very clever, if somewhat voyeuristic way, by filming everything from through webcams, security Cameras, and even a pair of web connected glasses.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th” A historical compendium full of memories good and bad from the people who created the films

Crystal Lake Memories

Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 “reboot.”   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Northmen: A Viking Saga A fun action-adventure saga only slightly derailed by historical and plot-related goofs

Northmen: A Viking Saga

Northmen – A Viking Saga is the Viking version of Braveheart. While there are some historical inaccuracies, and a couple of all-too-convenient plot issues, this is a super fun movie filled with gory battles, beautiful scenery and a couple of epic performances. I was highly entertained.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Dark Was the Night” An entertaining creature feature that embraces the appeal of old school monster movie suspense

Dark Was The Night

DARK WAS THE NIGHT is a deliciously dark yet heartfelt monster movie, one that relies on character drama first and ratchets up the suspense with that old-fashioned method of teasing out a wonderfully balanced mix of dread and eager anticipation. Small New England town, big woods with a deep, dark history pre-dating colonial times, protagonists struggling with their own real-world fears trying to put a real-world face on a threat they can’t fully comprehend — this is the way monster movies are supposed to be made.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Burying the Ex” An entertaining B-Movie comedy/horror flick, without the horror

Burying the Ex

This movie is neither extremely funny nor scary, but it’s got that campy kind of charm that makes it a potential for a cult classic, especially since the two stars are moderately well known.

It’s the kind of film you’d watch with your friends late at night, while drinking and eating pizza and popcorn, and thoroughly MST3King it.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Knights of Badassdom” Maybe development hell is also a sign of the apocalypse

Knights of Badassdom

The hubs and I saw the Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con for the movie Knights of Badassdom years ago now. Basically, it’s supposed to be Galaxy Quest for the Live Action Role Play set. We literally could not wait to see this movie. We got home from Comic-Con and eagerly awaited the release.

But the movie was held up in some sort of development hell, and wasn’t released for years. It’s on Netflix now. So, the question is: Was it worth the wait?

Sadly, no.   [Read more…]