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by Remo D
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Kingsman: The Secret Service

I came perilously close to missing this one. The first couple of times I saw the trailer, I took for granted that this was going to be yet another "young adult" franchise... another series I didn't feel like following (DIVERGENT, MAZE RUNNER, etc. etc.) even if it did have a Bondian flavor to it. Th...
by Remo D
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Loft (2014)
Replies: 0
Views: 1303

The Loft (2014)

I usually have a weird thing about remakes... if I KNOW something is a remake, I want to see the original first... which isn't always fair to the remake if it happens to be in my radar. After all, if I'd seen the remake of THE VANISHING before I saw the original, nothing good would have come out of ...
by Remo D
Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Replies: 0
Views: 1306

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

No previous version of THE WOMAN IN BLACK was designed to carry a sequel, so instead of leaving well enough alone, they made one anyway. It's 1941, and a gaggle of schoolchildren orphaned or otherwise inconvenienced by the London Blitz (particularly the freshly-mute and highly 'troubled' Edward) are...
by Remo D
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: 2014 in review

Thanks so much for the RESPONSE! You are the ONLY person in my sphere who recommended A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, and I'm so burned out on Seth MacFarlane that it isn't even "funny." But if you say so, I just may check it out if it places itself in front of me free of charge. And yes, I'd bet...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 3
Views: 675

2014 in review

Okay, we're still less than a week into the new year and I've played as much "ketchup" with 2014 as I care to. It's time to recap the year in horror! Such as it WAS, anyway... when was the last time we had such a paltry theatrical selection? There was scarcely a "year in horror" to speak of compared...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Babadook
Replies: 2
Views: 602

The Babadook

Okay--more often than not I would have had my annual "year in review" post ready and waiting by this time. However, there was still some unfinished business to attend to... near the very end of the paltry 2014, the so-called "everybody and his mother" (well, honestly, not too many mothers) suddenly ...
by Remo D
Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Birdman
Replies: 0
Views: 1337

Birdman

(Friends, you're going to have to be patient for a little while longer when it comes to my annual recap--there's still an item or two I need to take care of, possibly on-demand, to wrap up the "horror" year--which, this time around, was scarcely remarkable--but more on that later.) The first film I ...
by Remo D
Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Horrornews Archive
Topic: 2015 Movie Viewing Log Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 2706

Re: 2015 Movie Viewing Log Thread

1/1 (stroke of midnight): NIGHT PATROL (DVD) BIRDMAN (theatre) SAW (Blu-Ray) 1/2: THE BABADOOK (on-demand) SAW II (Blu-Ray) 1/3: SAW III (Blu-Ray) THE BLACK CASTLE (TV) 1/4: SAW IV (Blu-Ray) SAW V (Blu-Ray) 1/5: SAW VI (Blu-Ray) 1/6: SAW 3D (Blu-Ray) 1/7: ABSOLUTION (DVD) 1/8: BREAKOUT FROM OPPRESSI...
by Remo D
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Pyramid
Replies: 0
Views: 1415

The Pyramid

When I saw the trailer for THE PYRAMID, I said "Wait a minute--didn't we JUST SEE this when it was set in France and called AS ABOVE, SO BELOW?" Not an unfair judgment at all... both films feature characters lost in a labyrinth which may contain a portal to "the other side," and THE PYRAMID (the dir...
by Remo D
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Replies: 0
Views: 1376

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

First, allow me to set the stage--and NOT by recapping the first two movies. I'm done with the BATTLE ROYALE argument. I've said my piece already, and in the case of this series, the "games" themselves are no longer a going concern. The story is completely different, and I'll merely allow that the g...
by Remo D
Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Nightcrawler
Replies: 0
Views: 1345

Nightcrawler

Yes, you CAN call a movie NIGHTCRAWLER without it being either a horror film or an X-MEN spinoff. Jake Gyllenhaal is Louis Bloom, introduced as an unemployed thief who's always looking to improve his situation and stands ready with a litany of self-promoting come-on pitches he learned through obsess...
by Remo D
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Horns
Replies: 0
Views: 1342

Horns

Ig Parrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is enjoying an idyllic life and wonderful dreams of the future with his childhood crush and now long-time love Merrin (Juno Temple) as our story begins... but then Ig wakes up to the reality that he's loathed by the population of the entire town which believes that he's...
by Remo D
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Ouija
Replies: 1
Views: 567

Ouija

Don't get me wrong--I'm quite glad there are wunderkinds out there who've perfected the formula for drawing huge profits with low-budget would-be-franchise horror films. That means we get more horror movies on the big screen, and that's still my "scene" as such. And I'll keep turning out to see them...
by Remo D
Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Dracula Untold
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Dracula Untold

I don't know... I saw the trailer for I, FRANKENSTEIN and immediately decided "No way." On the other hand, I saw the trailer for DRACULA UNTOLD and thought "Well, maybe..." You never know (or at least "I" never know) how the mood might strike; and even though I figured this for more of a CGI-fest th...
by Remo D
Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Annabelle
Replies: 0
Views: 1291

Annabelle

While "Annabelle" the doll had nothing to do with the real-life events that inspired THE CONJURING, it WAS in the safekeeping of the real-life investigators (the Warrens) after they wrapped up an unrelated case, and could you really expect James Wan to leave a creepy doll alone? Of course Annabelle ...
by Remo D
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Mas Negro Que La Noche (2014)
Replies: 0
Views: 1243

Mas Negro Que La Noche (2014)

Back when I was in high school, I often took advantage of the Spanish-language programming available on a local (Chicago) station; sometimes for mere novelty value, sometimes because I really wanted to enhance my education. An actual horror movie airing on the station was hard to pass up; and I reme...
by Remo D
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Tusk
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Tusk

The year's biggest surprise almost completely eluded me... I had no chance to see TUSK on opening weekend and by the time I finally DID catch it it was only to see it vanish from local theatres. If you're in my neck of the woods, you still have a chance to catch it in San Jose. Others may be luckier...
by Remo D
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Argento's DRACULA
Replies: 3
Views: 939

Re: Argento's DRACULA

I thought PHANTOM was far worse, to be honest. I rather enjoyed this and thought the fellow playing Dracula was quite good. Masterpiece, absolutely not. But since I complained in print that GIALLO had nothing to offer--not the slightest bit of surrealism or outrageous animal antics specifically? I g...
by Remo D
Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: As Above, So Below
Replies: 0
Views: 1219

As Above, So Below

There's this to be said at the very beginning: the trailers for AS ABOVE, SO BELOW managed to give us the gist of the movie without revealing any of the actual backstory... all I knew going in was "Paris catacombs, entrance to Hell." So I was rather pleasantly surprised at the beginning when the lat...
by Remo D
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The November Man
Replies: 0
Views: 1314

The November Man

In 1999, CIA agent/trainer Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) resigns his position and drops his trainee Mason (Luke Bracey) after a protection assignment goes disastrously wrong. Fourteen years later, Devereaux is pressed back into action as the only man who can possibly extract a valuable source of inform...
by Remo D
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Calvary
Replies: 0
Views: 1239

Calvary

CALVARY begins with one of the most unforgettable opening lines in recent memory (unrepeatable on this blog) and and takes it forward from there. We're in contemporary Ireland, and Father James (Brendan Gleeson) receives a startling "confession" from one of his flock: said parishioner was sexually a...
by Remo D
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Guardians of the Galaxy
Replies: 0
Views: 1288

Guardians of the Galaxy

Well, the latest Marvel summer blockbuster is here, and I've heard almost nothing but great things about it--people all over the place are having a grand old time and proclaiming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY one of the best ever. And... I'm very happy to see so many people enjoying themselves and I think...
by Remo D
Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Lucy
Replies: 0
Views: 1245

Lucy

I had no idea who Luc Besson was back in 1985 or so--I simply took the recommendation of a trusted friend that I ought to check the San Francisco arthouses for a French import by the name of SUBWAY. I did and was captivated by pretty much everything in the film--yes, it took a page from the phenomen...
by Remo D
Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Purge: Anarchy
Replies: 0
Views: 1217

The Purge: Anarchy

You KNEW this was coming... the major success of James DeMonaco's THE PURGE last year guaranteed the sequel would be out by now... and at least it was written and directed by the same guy (although the copyright infringement battle has just begun... here we go again...). THE PURGE: ANARCHY is about ...
by Remo D
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Life Itself
Replies: 0
Views: 1224

Life Itself

This documentary on the life and death of critic Roger Ebert proved to be one of the more difficult films for me to review objectively; moving into my personal world as often as it did (without ever truly intending to). Sure, I had the love/hate relationship many a horror fan had with this half of t...