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by Remo D
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Rings
Replies: 0
Views: 740

Rings

Hyped for a 2016 release and then significantly bumped. Not screened for critics. Multiple writers. Reviving a trope we thought had played out a long time ago and promoted with a trailer promising nothing but more of the same old, same old. All the reasons to anticipate a dud and then some. And bad ...
by Remo D
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Replies: 0
Views: 711

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

While I never got past the first UNDERWORLD entry, I've followed the RESIDENT EVIL series faithfully from the beginning... no matter how crazy, scrambled or outlandish the story got, there was always just enough reason for me to want to see what happened next after each cliffhanger. And I always enj...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Split
Replies: 0
Views: 766

Split

I was afraid that I would look at the box office tally this weekend and see SPLIT near the bottom. After all, it's January, so it's supposedly Hollywood 'dumping ground' time. There's that xXx thing to contend with... and yes, there's still a lot of negative feeling for M. Night Shyamalan out there....
by Remo D
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Death Race 2050
Replies: 1
Views: 893

Death Race 2050

So... it's been roughly 30 years since the original DEATH RACE 2000, and in the ensuing decades since the Paul Bartel classic hit the screen, we've been teased with so many promises of sequels and remakes. Yes, David Carradine returned in DEATHSPORT, but even though New World aficionados like to spe...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Bye Bye Man
Replies: 0
Views: 717

The Bye Bye Man

Okay, there have been other films containing fantastic elements released in the past few weeks, but I think we can agree that THE BYE BYE MAN is the first release of 2017 that actually intended to be a 'horror' film. And naturally, it's a holdover from 2016. I suppose a release date of Friday the 13...
by Remo D
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 2016 in review
Replies: 1
Views: 821

2016 in review

The best thing about the horror year 2016 was that it was loaded with goodies and featured very few out-and-out stinkers. The worst thing about the general movie-going year 2016 was that I didn't get around to individually reviewing numerous titles... sometimes because of personal commitments but al...
by Remo D
Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 2017 Movie Viewing Log Thread
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

Re: 2017 Movie Viewing Log Thread

1/1 (stroke of midnight): EQUINOX (the real one, not the Matthew Modine one: DVD) THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM (on-demand) THE GREASY STRANGLER (on-demand) 1/6: SAVAGE ISLAND (on-demand) THE NAKED CAGE (on-demand) 1/11: NIGHTHAWKS (on-demand) 1/13: KILL ME THREE TIMES (on-demand) BURKE AND HARE (on-dema...
by Remo D
Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Incarnate
Replies: 0
Views: 5796

Incarnate

I'm going to be saying "Would you believe?" so many times in this review that I feel I should give partial credit to Maxwell Smart. INCARNATE does its best to provide the illusion of cool entertainment by putting the song "Sail" by AwolNation on both ends, so hopefully it will get you off to a good ...
by Remo D
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Shut In
Replies: 0
Views: 7597

Shut In

A few too many genre films have slipped under my radar or positioned themselves out of reach this year, but this one didn't. Better hurry if you're interested, though... this Europa effort (Luc Besson was not involved, however) is headed right out the door if the box office means anything. Oh, and w...
by Remo D
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Doctor Strange
Replies: 0
Views: 9819

Doctor Strange

Even though it's "yet another" origin story, I was quite looking forward to the latest Marvel Universe deal--the advance reviews were great, and not only that, one of my favorite horror directors of recent years (Scott Derrickson of SINISTER) was at the helm. Hey, we got James Wan back after FURIOUS...
by Remo D
Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Ouija: Origin of Evil
Replies: 0
Views: 8621

Ouija: Origin of Evil

So for no particular reason but that it popped up in my feed, I took another look at the review of OUIJA I wrote two years ago. I well remember that I considered it the worst horror film of 2014, but I'd forgotten that I'd taken a moment out to praise OCULUS as one of the best of 2014 in the context...
by Remo D
Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Shin Godzilla
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Re: Shin Godzilla

I have been far too busy between rehearsals, performances, Halloween movie binges and anniversary plans to sit down and type up detailed reviews lately, so I'm very glad you started the ball rolling here. And yes, I'm very grateful that we were afforded the opportunity to see this on the big screen....
by Remo D
Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: No Manches Frida
Replies: 0
Views: 8575

No Manches Frida

Earlier this week, I was granted the blessing of several uninterrupted hours of extra "me" time and I decided to take advantage of that by rolling the dice and catching a conveniently-playing movie that was completely off my regular beat (so long as it wasn't a 'weepie'). Why not check out a Mexican...
by Remo D
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Train to Busan
Replies: 0
Views: 7528

Train to Busan

I've quite enjoyed and appreciated a large number of intense Korean crime/vengeance thrillers (from the Park Chan-Wook trilogy to I SAW THE DEVIL), and have always seen them as the antithesis to the American DEATH WISH movies (which, in turn, took quite a different attitude than did their own source...
by Remo D
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Blair Witch
Replies: 0
Views: 7373

Blair Witch

"as soon as i saw all the handprints on the wall i would be out of there" The above quote is an excerpt from a significantly longer 1999 alt.horror post from a young viewer who described all the things that he would do differently were he a character in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. And for some reason i...
by Remo D
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Hell or High Water
Replies: 0
Views: 7735

Hell or High Water

Brothers Toby and Tanner Howard (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) have commenced a string of nearly systematic bank robberies in Texas. Ex-con Tanner seems a bit overly enthused about the gung-ho action, but Toby would rather take the money and run without leaving too violent a trail. Ranger Marcus Hamilt...
by Remo D
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Mechanic: Resurrection
Replies: 0
Views: 7906

Mechanic: Resurrection

As you (hopefully) recall, the original Charles Bronson version of THE MECHANIC wasn't exactly designed to carry a sequel. The decades-later remake did a commendable job with the dirty work and stuck closely to the original story as Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) trained a potentially dangerous prote...
by Remo D
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Don't Breathe
Replies: 0
Views: 7988

Don't Breathe

So. Three young friends in Detroit have been making a killing with burglaries. Rocky (Jane Levy) has very good reasons to escape her hellish home existence, so we establish sympathy for her even though she's breaking the law. Alex (Dylan Minnette) has the conscience, but he also has all of the home ...
by Remo D
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Suicide Squad
Replies: 0
Views: 9559

Suicide Squad

My old buddy Mick LaSalle set the stage for this one as only he can do... an 'empty seat' review which led off by stating that if you truly loathed and despised someone, you ought to get him a ticket for SUICIDE SQUAD. Of course, he ALSO said that the movie takes place in a continuity where both Sup...
by Remo D
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Lights Out
Replies: 0
Views: 8342

Lights Out

There's the usual danger sign with 'high concept,' especially when you're dealing with a viral two-minute Internet video being expanded to feature length. You may remember "Lights Out." The one where the scary ghost gets a little bit closer to you every time you turn the light off? That was the work...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Neon Demon
Replies: 0
Views: 8065

The Neon Demon

Nobody can accuse Amazon Studios of not taking chances. I saw the trailer for THE NEON DEMON at the mainstream multiplex enough times for me to be genuinely surprised when the film finally arrived and I realized that it was NOT playing at a theatre near me. And considering its box-office fortunes wh...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Purge: Election Year
Replies: 0
Views: 8003

The Purge: Election Year

I have a strict rule regarding political debates spilling into my personal page, and that rule is "NO." I will happily and respectfully discuss and debate any issue you like privately if you're so inclined, but I'm mindful of all of my readers and refuse to turn a movie review into a political forum...
by Remo D
Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Shallows
Replies: 0
Views: 8065

The Shallows

A: Yet another shark attack movie? B: Well, it's directed by one of my Dark Castle favorites. Okay. Experienced surfer Nancy (Blake Lively) has made her way for the first time to a secret Mexican beach (so secret that nobody is willing to tell her what it's even called) that carries a special signif...
by Remo D
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Clown
Replies: 0
Views: 8025

Clown

At the time of this writing, CLOWN should still be playing at the Osio for at least another day, but it's simultaneously available on demand if you can't get over there. It's been waiting long enough... CLOWN was filmed in 2013 and was based on an even older faux trailer (a la GRINDHOUSE) from Eli R...
by Remo D
Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Conjuring 2
Replies: 0
Views: 8229

The Conjuring 2

I saw this movie yesterday and was already working on this review--I trust you won't think me cruel or insensitive for returning to 'reel' horror as opposed to spending more time with real life at its most sickening and depressing. In the late 1970s, Ed and Lorraine Warren went to London to investig...