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by Remo D
Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Unfriended
Replies: 0
Views: 1518

Unfriended

Hmmm... minimalist horror movie taking place entirely on a computer screen and cashing in on the "cyberbully" news trend. Maybe I've seen this one, maybe I haven't... I've got the time... sure, why not? Today was certainly a good day to get caught up on what's happening in the world of horror movies...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Cut Bank
Replies: 0
Views: 1509

Cut Bank

They "cut" such a good trailer that I didn't "bank" on something so utterly generic. That pun was more clever than most of CUT BANK, which tries desperately to be (not to RESEMBLE, mind you, but actually BE) an early Coen Brothers movie (even if its Americana was actually filmed in Canada). Cut Bank...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Wild Tales
Replies: 0
Views: 1492

Wild Tales

I'd love to build this up as one of the best films of 2015... but, of course, it was actually Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for 2014. It's only now that it's actually PLAYING in my neck of the woods. So... it's too late to campaign. But go OUT OF YOUR WAY to see WILD TALES all the s...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: It Follows
Replies: 2
Views: 930

It Follows

So--in the last few weeks we've seen a surge of recognition for IT FOLLOWS as "the" horror film to beat this year... even "the critics" are showing it respect if not out-and-out adulation, and while it didn't open in my neck of the woods right away, the word of mouth caused the film to break out of ...
by Remo D
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Chappie
Replies: 1
Views: 884

Chappie

As I've suggested earlier, here's an item that seemed to be a different film with every permutation of the trailer. When I first became aware of CHAPPIE (I'm not going to go to the trouble of perpetually spelling the title out as CHAPPiE, as it appears on screen, sorry), I saw little more than a cut...
by Remo D
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Lazarus Effect
Replies: 0
Views: 1530

The Lazarus Effect

Maybe I should stop watching trailers altogether. I saw the trailer for KINGSMAN and thought "Interminable young adult franchise." I was completely wrong. I saw the first trailer for CHAPPIE (which only contained the "cute" material) and immediately thought "No disassemble! Number Five ALIVE!" Appar...
by Remo D
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Maps to the Stars
Replies: 1
Views: 672

Maps to the Stars

MAPS TO THE STARS is the first David Cronenberg film I missed on the big screen since I saw VIDEODROME in 1983. Hell, I'm one of the twelve who actually saw COSMOPOLIS in a hardtop, okay? So let me tell you what happened. I had ONE day off last week and I wanted to see the new Cronenberg movie with ...
by Remo D
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Replies: 1
Views: 737

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: 1480

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: 1473

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: 1008

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: 1008

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: 901

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: 1518

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: 3595

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: 1591

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: 1567

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: 1537

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: 1529

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: 771

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: 980

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: 1461

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: 1419

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: 954

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: 1254

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...