Alan Jones

Alan Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) " One of Hollywood's quintessential productions, this musical adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic fable is probably the most beloved fantasy film of all time and the ultimate family picture. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 82% Excalibur (1981) " The search for the Holy Grail and the final battle are simply stunning sequences, and, while the dizzying pace leaves scant time for proper characterisation, Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren make their mark. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 6, 2013
5/5 87% The Matrix (1999) " Thematically complex, yet intelligently integrating eastern philosophy, Lewis Carroll and ancient mysticism. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " It's slick, glossy and engaging, if nowhere near as clever as zom-com Shaun of the Dead. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 8, 2013
5/5 86% The Haunting (1963) " This is one of the best supernatural chillers ever made. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 89% Ginger Snaps (2001) " In this highly sophisticated and disturbing Canadian horror movie, director John Fawcett transcends the banality of the werewolf formula with verve, well-paced action and genuine terror. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 90% The Wicker Man (1973) " Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made -- and he's right. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/5 86% Slither (2006) " Amiably retro in its icky shock value, this love story with an alien twist is often so funny it's scary. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 98% Rosemary's Baby (1968) " It's one of the most powerful films ever made about Devil worship because Polanski expertly winds up the paranoia with spooky atmospherics and morbid humour. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) " Although expertly remade twice - in 1978 and 1993 - and rather less successfully in 2007, the original is still the most striking, with a justly famous scalp-freezing ending. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 95% Dawn of the Dead (1979) " Cynical, devastating and relentless, director George A Romero's gruelling masterpiece about the American Dream turning into a terrifying nightmare is a brilliant blend of black comedy and hip, if harrowing, carnage. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 95% House of Wax (1953) " [A] glorious-looking slice of gothic horror, which also helped establish Vincent Price as a horror icon. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 94% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) " A top-flight terror classic that spawned seven sequels and a TV series. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 93% Horror of Dracula (1958) " Bram Stoker's terrifying vampire creation becomes a modern classic in the adept hands of the House of Hammer. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 96% Village of the Damned (2004) " Compelling, creepy and often unbearably tense. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 96% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973) " The magnum opus of Vincent Price's film career, this stylish, witty comedy horror boasts an irresistible premise, an inspired ensemble cast, fabulous music and first-rate production values. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Even in the dark, it's clear where this is going -- but Wan does know his way around a haunted house. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 96% Night of the Living Dead (1968) " Director George A Romero redefined the meaning of horror for fear-sated audiences in the 1960s with this seminal classic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 96% The Evil Dead (1981) " Director Sam Raimi burst onto the horror scene with this crude cult favourite that's short on story but long on excessive gore and innovative camerawork. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/5 98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) " Campbell mugs shamelessly and clearly has a ball as scene outdoes scene in comic thrust and haphazard horror. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 91% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) " Time has not dimmed the shock value of this seminal classic from director Tobe Hooper that's based on the same real-life case that inspired Psycho. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 91% Dracula (1931) " It remains the most subtly romantic and highly atmospheric rendition of Bram Stoker's tale about the Transylvanian count, with Browning orchestrating the opening scenes to macabre perfection. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 100% Frankenstein (1931) " Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale's primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale of man playing God is the most influential genre movie ever made. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 87% 28 Days Later (2003) " This Dogme-driven apocalyptic nightmare from director Danny Boyle is a tense, exciting and terrifying horror. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 90% The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) " Lavishly produced and visually gorgeous (thanks to the atmospheric photography of Floyd Crosby), Corman's gothic creepfest is still scary after all these years. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 96% The Birds (1963) " This Hitchcock classic somehow strayed from favour for a while, yet in the realm of popular mythology it is now rivalled only by Vertigo or Psycho. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/5 96% House On Haunted Hill (1959) " There's no denying that Castle's directorial crassness does actually supply some genuinely frightening moments. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 87% The Black Cat (1992) " This timeless classic is a testimony to the craft of director Edgar G Ulmer before his career lurched into the quickie arena. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 88% Near Dark (1987) " One of the best vampire movies ever made. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 87% ParaNorman (2012) " The thrilling finale is a terrific blend of heartfelt emotion, surreal visuals and inventive ghostly spectacle, and the film's timeless message is put across in wonderfully ghoulish and surprising ways. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 90% The Dead Zone (1983) " [An] engrossing yet strangely unembellished adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller by director David Cronenberg. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 92% Carrie (1976) " Brian De Palma's modern gothic fairy tale, based on Stephen King's bestseller, offers a tense and lyrical web of emotions. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 92% Shaun of the Dead (2004) " If you like Pegg and director Edgar Wright's cult Channel 4 series Spaced, you'll enjoy this deadpan blend of undergraduate humour and hardcore horror, which ransacks George A Romero's Dead saga and virtually every Italian zombie flick for inspiration. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 94% The Wolf Man (1941) " This Universal classic not only established Lon Chaney Jr as a horror star but also instigated most of the cinematic werewolf lore concerning pentagrams, the Moon and the fatality of silver. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 92% I Walked With a Zombie (1943) " The lighting, shadows, exotic setting and music all contribute to the immensely disturbing atmosphere, making this stunning piece of poetic horror a classic of the genre. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 91% L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) (1970) " A glossy, stylistic, cosmopolitan and jagged mystery firmly entrenched in Hitchcockian paranoia. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 85% The Descent (2006) " Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 97% Alien (1979) " This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock, even when the fascinating monster is exposed in all its hideous glory. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 100% The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) " James Whale's extravagantly produced sequel to his own Frankenstein still ranks as one of horrordom's greatest achievements. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) " This most enduring adaptation of the Faustian moral fable is totally satisfying. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 95% Suspiria (1977) " A stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colours, gory violence, lush décor and pounding soundtrack. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 88% Poltergeist (1982) " Hooper's direction may lack its usual edgy personality -- apparently over-ruled by Spielberg's script suggestions -- but he puts on a dazzling show, and the intuitive performances are uniformly on the panic button. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/5 30% Hammer Of The Gods (2013) " If it's gratuitous Saxon violence you're after then you've come to the right place. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 3, 2013
5/5 97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922) " Count Orlock, played by the hideous Max Schreck, creeps through Murnau's archetypal silent imagery with a mesmerising authority that retains a surprising amount of tension. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) " Despite outdated acting techniques and staging, this is a must-see for all cinema buffs, as make-up genius Lon Chaney's Phantom is a Hall of Horror landmark. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 89% An American Werewolf in London (1981) " Director John Landis here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 90% Minority Report (2002) " This masterfully sleek vision of the future from director Steven Spielberg is an awesome mix of skewed science fiction, twisty Hitchcock-style thrills, stunning blue-grey tinged photography and outstanding design. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 92% Insomnia (2002) " This skilfully directed psychodrama from Christopher Nolan proves that hit European movies can be remade successfully. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 91% The Fly (1986) " Only Cronenberg can get away with working out his raw phobias on screen while being poignantly witty and repulsively entertaining at the same time. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 97% The Iron Giant (1999) " This wonderful Warner Bros version of Ted Hughes's The Iron Man is a first-class achievement in cartoon virtuosity that liberally borrows images from 1950s comic-book art and science-fiction movies to stunning effect. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) " Endlessly imitated but never rivalled, this opening instalment of George Lucas's original space trilogy dresses up the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
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