Horror Movies Reviews

Vanishing on 7th Street

Vanishing on 7th Street

2010

Even a solid cast (for the most part) and a few eerie moments cannot save this unoriginal thriller from its own generic silliness. Tack onto it an ending that is creepier than the movie as a whole, only because of what it implies. The characters are cliche and do foolish things. There never really is an explanation which would have been good, at least in regard to why the days were suddenly shorter. There were some cool effects (the plane) but again, these weren't strong enough to save this flimsy film.  The movie really miss some suspance. Scenes develop... Read More

Under The Bed

Under The Bed

2012

You get a lot of horror movies that are based around the same central antagonist (more or less): vampires, serial killers, ghosts and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. But beyond that, and something that makes horror so great, is a plethora of other sub-categories that people know and love. For instance I have a few a friends who are just crazy about scarecrow horror. Sharks, clowns, animals. All ripe for the picking. And this go round, we get the severely under-utilized boogeyman. The boogeyman seems like a no brainer when it comes to horror. Monster who lives in the... Read More

1408 movie

1408

2007

1408 proves that it’s still possible to make a very scary and creepy movie that is not populated by teenage characters or victims being mutilated. I guess it’s weird to use the word “refreshing” when talking about a horror movie, but that’s what 1408 is when compared to recent trends in the world of horror films. With the likes of the Saw series, Hostel movies and the upcoming Captivity, which all depend on scenes of excruciating personal torture to horrify the audience, I really enjoyed seeing an “old school” horror movie that... Read More

Damien: Omen II

Damien: Omen II

1978

Jerusalem, Israel. One week after the burial of Robert and Katherine Thorn (in the first Omen movie), archeologist Carl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern) asks his friend Michael Morgan (Ian Hendry) to deliver a box to the guardian of Thorn's young son, Damien. He reveals that Damien is the Antichrist and that the box contains a warning and the means to kill Damien. As Morgan is unconvinced, Bugenhagen takes him to the ruin of Yigael's wall, showing him an ancient depiction of the Antichrist with Damien's face. Morgan is convinced, but the two are buried alive as a tunnel collapses... Read More

Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek

2005

I had a hard time watching "Wolf Creek." It is a film with one clear purpose: To establish the commercial credentials of its director by showing his skill at depicting the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women. When the killer severs the spine of one of his victims and calls her "a head on a stick," I wanted to walk out of the theater and keep on walking. It has an 82 percent "fresh" reading over at the Tomatometer. "Bound to give even the most seasoned thriller seeker nightmares" (Hollywood Reporter). "Will have Wes Craven bowing... Read More

Blood Pigs

Blood Pigs

2010

Brian Paulin is slowly, but surely, making a name for himself in the horror business. Hardcore gore fans will probably already be familiar with some of his previous work, including Bone Sickness and Fetus. He steps it up another notch with Blood Pigs, a different kind of zombie film that he wrote and directed in 2010. I can tell you two things right away about this movie that will make you want to watch it. First off, there is no CGI used in this film (that alone is enough to pique my interest). Not only that, but Blood Pigs was also voted the goriest movie of 2010 by... Read More

Paranolmal Activity: The Marked Ones

Paranolmal Activity: The Marked Ones

2014

It would be a wild exaggeration to suggest that “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” breathes new life into the increasingly fumes-fueled found-footage horror subgenre, but it certainly represents a shot in the arm for this series after 2012’s poorly regarded “Paranormal Activity 4.” Functioning more as a mythology-expanding spinoff than a proper sequel, this fifth installment (the first directed by longtime series writer Christopher Landon) smartly moves the setting away from airy suburbs to overcrowded working-class apartments, and introduces a winning sense of humor... Read More

Martyrs movie

Martyrs

2008

Watching MARTYRS is like staring into a blast furnace.  Pascal Laugier’s film is a smoldering cell of anger and heat and hate and marvel.  It’s difficult to watch head on and downright painful to endure over time.  To be honest the experience is one I hesitate to recommend.  However, one must be impressed by the effect of it, impressed by its ability to inflict such engineered torment, impressed that the film can survive its own extreme internal pressures.  Laugier’s is an escalation game, vying not to push past boundaries, rather to set up... Read More

Calvaire movie

Calvaire

2004

This film's English title is The Ordeal, which is absolutely right, but the literal translation - Calvary - turns out to be worryingly appropriate too, for reasons I can hardly describe without toppling away from my keyboard in a dead faint. It is a brilliant black comic nightmare about a singer, conceived in the style of Deliverance or The Hills Have Eyes, and Calvaire triumphantly proves that when it comes to subhuman degradation, Belgian hillbillies from the EU can proudly hold their own with throwbacks and knuckleheads from the US. The sacrificial hero-victim is a... Read More

The Asphyx

The Asphyx

1973

The quest to cheat death is a familiar one in horror fiction, and Sir Hugo Cunningham, the protagonist of The Asphyx, belongs to a long tradition of mad and semi-mad scientists driven to unravel the secret to immortality. Set in the 1870s, The Asphyx details how Sir Hugo (Robert Stephens), a country squire with interests in photography and parapsychology, discovers the film’s titular spirit. In a series of photographs he and his associates have taken of people as they die, he discovers each features a mysterious smudge seemingly not caused by either faulty equipment or... Read More

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