Search found 1225 matches

by Remo D
Mon May 02, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Green Room
Replies: 0
Views: 8294

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: 8610

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: 8406

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: 8573

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: 8427

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 ...
by Remo D
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Other Side of the Door
Replies: 0
Views: 5744

The Other Side of the Door

Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) has relocated to India with her husband Michael (Jeremy Sisto), who's running a restaurant business. The couple is soon blessed with a son and a daughter, but young Oliver (Logan Creran) perishes in a traumatic accident. As she could only rescue daughter Lucy (Sofia Rosin...
by Remo D
Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Risen
Replies: 0
Views: 3708

Risen

Right on the heels of Ralph Fiennes' turn in HAIL, CAESAR!, his brother Joseph Fiennes toplines the very type of film at the center of the Coen Brothers' latest. Okay, RISEN isn't quite on the grand scale of BEN-HUR or THE ROBE itself, but it's exactly that sort of Bible-inspired quest for faith, an...
by Remo D
Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Witch
Replies: 0
Views: 3467

The Witch

When I first saw the trailer for THE WITCH (last year), I was more than interested... we were promised a festival favorite that truly lived up to its goal of disturbing and horrifying the viewer. By the TENTH time I saw the trailer (honestly, this was pushed harder than even DEADPOOL by my experienc...
by Remo D
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Deadpool
Replies: 0
Views: 2471

Deadpool

Well, this certainly isn't the first R-rated Marvel feature (as some have claimed), but we haven't had one since PUNISHER: WAR ZONE and this one did "slightly" better at the box office. You might remember that P:WZ was released under the sub-label "Marvel Knights," which was intended to handle the s...
by Remo D
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Hail, Caesar!
Replies: 0
Views: 2351

Hail, Caesar!

Much as I usually enjoy the films of the Coen Brothers, I haven't been personally inspired to check out any of their work since BURN AFTER READING. But the trailer for HAIL, CAESAR! caught my interest immediately, and I was looking forward to a good old-fashioned screwball comedy set in "old school"...
by Remo D
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Replies: 0
Views: 2235

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

So... we all remember the brief fad of historical "mashup" novels from seven or so years back, yes? I never read any of them, and I was less than blown away by the film adaptation of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. Still, I confess more than a little amusement at the concept of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Boy
Replies: 0
Views: 2059

The Boy

It's all too often that a director starts off with a bang, only for his work to inexorably deteriorate over the decades--this seems to be especially true for horror movies. So it's rather refreshing to see a director's work steadily improve... especially after getting off to a truly terrible start. ...
by Remo D
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Forest
Replies: 0
Views: 2233

The Forest

The horror year of 2016 starts right off the bat with THE FOREST, the feature debut of director Jason Zada. This one was built up to quite a bit during the second half of 2015, with equal emphasis on the presence of Natalie Dormer (as twins Sarah and Jess) and the reality of the "suicide forest" loc...
by Remo D
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 2015 in review
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Re: 2015 in review

Just saw ELECTRIC BOOGALOO last night--and it's what you said. Thought it was fast, funny and extremely well-edited, but yes, it wrapped up too quickly and we only got one micro-second of Steve James near the very end...
by Remo D
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 2015 in review
Replies: 2
Views: 882

2015 in review

Make no mistake, 2015 was an exciting and often outstanding moviegoing year, but it was definitely the year of the fantasy franchise (both recent and revived) and I was forced to stretch my definition of "horror" to even give the category a decent run. Plenty of science fiction, monsters, superheroe...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Hateful Eight
Replies: 1
Views: 1081

The Hateful Eight

Okay, I'm going to be as succinct as possible here. Here's another film nobody wants "spoiled" and it's a major 2015 title that I need to deal with individually before I reconstruct the previous year next week. In my neck of the woods, I did not get a chance to see the "roadshow" film print of THE H...
by Remo D
Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Replies: 1
Views: 1074

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Sorry, folks--it's going to be another week until I get settled down and get my Internet connection back at home, so my annual "Year in Review" epic is going to have to wait till then. But plenty of people have been asking me what I thought of the new STAR WARS, so I've got to get this much out at l...
by Remo D
Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Horrornews Archive
Topic: 2016 Movie Viewing Log Thread
Replies: 2
Views: 2600

Re: 2016 Movie Viewing Log Thread

1/1 (stroke of midnight): THE PINK PANTHER (original--DVD) A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (DVD) A SHOT IN THE DARK (DVD) A DAY AT THE RACES (DVD) 1/2: INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU (DVD) 1/3: ROOM SERVICE (DVD) THE HATEFUL EIGHT (theatre) RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (DVD) 1/5: AT THE CIRCUS (DVD) 1/6: THE PINK PANTHER ST...
by Remo D
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Replies: 0
Views: 1991

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

And... Paramount's companion languisher to SCOUTS GUIDE has hit On Demand just in time for Christmas. Yes, it hit a few theatres for Halloween, but this actually is a Christmas movie (for no particular reason but to make some Yuletide toys do some creepy things--I'm not sure how a Santa with glowing...
by Remo D
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Replies: 0
Views: 2089

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Well, THAT was quick! Barely a month after SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE languished in limited release just out of my reach, it debuted on PPV for less than the price of a matinee ticket. I believe I got the better deal. Perhaps not so coincidentally, this film suffered side-by-side with the...
by Remo D
Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Krampus
Replies: 0
Views: 1728

Krampus

Pity young Max (Emjay Anthony). He's still young enough to believe in Santa Claus but just old enough to appreciate the sentiment of his grandmother Omi (Krista Stadler) who, in classic "Yes, Virginia" style (though translated from the German) believes it's the belief in the SPIRIT of Santa Claus th...
by Remo D
Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Creed
Replies: 1
Views: 1122

Creed

Life is getting in the way of my reviews... I'll get to KRAMPUS tomorrow but I have some catching up to do! CREED, of course, is the latest branch of the ROCKY saga. And as unfair as it would be to call it ROCKY VII, I'm the old-school guy who was there from the beginning and still watches the show ...
by Remo D
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Victor Frankenstein
Replies: 0
Views: 1767

Victor Frankenstein

I'm going to tell you ahead of time that I loved every minute of this movie, which may surprise some considering the pre-release contempt and glee that it's apparently fated to tank at the box office. So if you were hoping for a hatchet job from me, feel free to skip this review. Okay, if it's told ...
by Remo D
Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Replies: 0
Views: 1941

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

You may recall that I liked the first two HUNGER GAMES movies quite a bit--I even found CATCHING FIRE better than the first one. What a shame that the series had to end with the two-part clunker that is MOCKINGJAY. I still say that some of this is due to the trendy and profitable insistence on stret...
by Remo D
Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Spectre
Replies: 0
Views: 1830

Spectre

With the establishment of SPECTRE, "Bond 24" seems determined to put the finishing touches on the bridge connecting the rebooted, new-attitude 007 (Daniel Craig, of course), the high-adventure superspy typified by Sean Connery and the original literary creation of Ian Fleming. (For trivia completist...