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by Remo D
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Shut In
Replies: 0
Views: 7187

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: 9443

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: 8223

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: 541

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: 8217

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: 7260

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: 7121

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: 7336

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: 7562

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: 7780

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: 8119

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: 8126

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: 7851

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: 7794

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: 7851

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: 7819

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: 8011

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...
by Remo D
Wed May 25, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Nice Guys
Replies: 0
Views: 8491

The Nice Guys

The latest from my semi-namesake Shane Black was simultaneously pitched with an appeal to 70s nostalgia and the first-time teaming of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as the obligatory mismatched "buddies" and manages to deliver most of what it promises on both counts. Ridiculously-complicated story s...
by Remo D
Sat May 14, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Darkness
Replies: 0
Views: 8122

The Darkness

I normally take a little more time to reflect between viewing and "re-viewing" a new release, but I honestly want this one off of my plate as quickly as possible. THE DARKNESS opens in the broadest of daylight as the Taylors enjoy a family-friends outing to the Grand Canyon environs. Autistic son Mi...
by Remo D
Sun May 08, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 0
Views: 8271

Captain America: Civil War

This certainly isn't Marvel's 'answer' to BATMAN V SUPERMAN but the next logical chapter in the Avengers Universe established to date. For all that, the title CAPTAIN AMERICA V IRON MAN would have been appropriate if ungainly--the actual film could just as easily have been named for Iron Man or even...
by Remo D
Mon May 02, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Green Room
Replies: 0
Views: 8151

Green Room

First, let's dispense with the "not a horror movie" argument. Let's leave it to Joe-Bob, who established the #1 rule decades ago... anyone can die at any moment. Oh, and the two most recognizable cast members (outside of the villainous leader, of course) are Anton Yelchin (the new Charlie Brewster a...
by Remo D
Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Jungle Book
Replies: 0
Views: 8348

The Jungle Book

THE JUNGLE BOOK, in various incarnations, has always been a highlight of my entertainment life. The live-action classic with Sabu was always a "Family Classics" treat, and I always felt that the animated version was one of Disney's best in that field (remember, back then you were lucky to catch a th...
by Remo D
Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Meet the Blacks
Replies: 0
Views: 8267

Meet the Blacks

(I put the horror spoofs in the horror category, okay?) A while back, I got into some back-and-forth with a knowledgeable colleague regarding the PURGE series (as we await the third entry, keyed to play off of Election Year). I'm "okay" with the films while he detests the entire concept and believes...
by Remo D
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Replies: 0
Views: 8315

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I don't intend to spend a lot of time breaking this one down--despite all the bad reviews, everybody's going to see this, right? This long-awaited entry from Zack Snyder serves as a direct sequel to MAN OF STEEL (which I didn't enjoy at all) but also as yet another Batman reboot, which means we open...
by Remo D
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 10 Cloverfield Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 8287

10 Cloverfield Lane

One of the earliest "buzz" films of 2016 came to our attention when it transpired that producer J.J. Abrams apparently managed to shoot a sequel to CLOVERFIELD and have it ready for release before anybody knew what he was up to. As it turns out, however, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (the feature directorial ...