Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Biography:
I'm a 34-year-old film freelance film critic who specializes in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema. When not writing about film, you can find me expounding on the latest videogames at GameCritics.com. I think games are an artform that have the potential to become like film--and it's very interesting to watch the medium develop from its infancy. You can also catch me as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.
Publications:
Flipside Movie Emporium , Mike Bracken's Horror Films , The Horror Geek , ToxicUniverse.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
592
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Oakland, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 —— Exorcismo (1975) Mike Bracken's Horror Films
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 20% H2: Halloween II (2009) " H2 is tragically flawed, but it does have a few moments that work -- just not enough of them." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 —— Giallo (2010) " Argento continues his downward spiral in this laughably bad thriller." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 —— Impaler (2008) " A Satanic vampire runs for Governor Minnesota in this fascinating (and sad) documentary." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 22% Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) " Not Even a Schoolgirl Beheading Demons with a Katana can Save Blood: The Last Vampire" — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
1/5 20% Legion (2010) " Quite possibly the stupidest film of 2010." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 —— Entrails of the Beautiful Woman (1986) " If nothing else, Entrails of a Beautiful Woman proves that you don't have to be a good movie to be a good gore film. Check your brain at the door for this one, sit back, pop a few beverages, and prepare for the sleaze" — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 60% ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) " ZMD is not a great film, but if you're looking for a mindless low budget zombie romp, this should do nicely." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 67% Isolation (2006) " A creepy, and methodical, horror flick that is reminiscent of Carpenter's remake of The Thing." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 91% Vengeance (Fuk sau) (2010) " To continues to be the best filmmaker currently working in Hong Kong. Vengeance isn't his finest film, but it does certainly earn a spot in his top five." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 93% 127 Hours (2010) " Danny Boyle and James Franco craft one of 2010's most compelling films in 127 Hours." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 96% Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) " Real or not, Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop is still compelling viewing." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 79% Black Water (2008) " Black Water might be the best killer croc film of all time." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 82% Collapse (2009) " Collapse is scarier than any horror film I've ever seen." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 96% Restrepo (2010) " Restrepo isn't a film about the futility of the war in Afghanistan -- it's a film about the men we ship off to fight in wars and how that experience changes them - both for the better and the worse." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 63% Exam (2010) " No matter how much you cram, you're unlikely to pass this Exam." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 —— Shin akai misshitsu (heya): Kowareta ningyô-tachi (Red Room 2) (2000) " Only a select group of cult cinephiles who're interested in seeing films that push the boundaries of taste and decorum need to bother tracking this one down." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 50% Fetishes (1998) " Apparently, Fetishes was never intended to be anything more than 90 minutes of titillation. Broomfield's film is goofy to the extreme, but it provides some mildy risque entertainment." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 —— Gurotesuku (Grotesque) (2009) " It's a shame Grotesque isn't a better film overall. The pieces are there for another Japanese gore masterpiece, but it just never quite comes together." — The Horror Geek
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 90% Winnebago Man (2010) " Winnebago Man proves that stories about colorful people will never go out of style." — The Horror Geek
Posted Feb 3, 2011
4/5 —— Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (2006) " Not so much a film as an endurance test, Slaughtered Vomit Dolls works overtime to earn its title as "one of the sickest films ever."" — The Horror Geek
Posted Feb 3, 2011
4/5 —— August Underground (2001) " If faux snuff films are your thing, August Underground should make you happy. Everyone else has been warned..." — The Horror Geek
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 —— August Underground's Mordum (2003) " The Toe Tag Pictures crew gives us another horrifying look into the abyss with August Underground: Mordum." — The Horror Geek
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 87% Black Swan (2010) " Black Swan is powerful filmmaking - a movie featuring lots of subtext, great performances, and some dazzling technical virtuosity. " — The Horror Geek
Posted Dec 10, 2010
4/5 62% Frozen (2010) " Frozen is genuinely scary. " — The Horror Geek
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 31% Night of the Demons (2010) " Night of the Demons is a middle of the road remake of a film most people haven't ever seen. There's some fun to be had for fans of the original." — The Horror Geek
Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/5 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " For every thing that Sam Bayer's Nightmare on Elm Street update gets right, there's at least one other thing it screws up." — Mike Bracken's Horror Films
Posted May 5, 2010
4/5 90% The Messenger (2009) " The Messenger is a worthy companion piece to this year's other movie about the war in the Middle East, Kathryn Bigelow's amazing The Hurt Locker." — Flipside Movie Emporium
Posted Jan 17, 2010
3/5 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " Bridges carries Crazy Heart almost singlehandedly, giving what would have been a maudlin and forgettable film a legitimate sense of gravitas." — Flipside Movie Emporium
Posted Jan 5, 2010
4/5 86% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003) " Kitano's 11th film moves away from his melancholy yakuza and instead focuses on one of Japan's most enduring characters--with fascinating results." — Flipside Movie Emporium
Posted Dec 31, 2009
4/5 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " Capitalism: A Love Story isn't perfect, and it's certainly not Moore's best film, but it may be his most important one." — Flipside Movie Emporium
Posted Dec 29, 2009
5/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " It's too soon to pick the definitive film of the Iraq war, but when the time comes, The Hurt Locker will get serious consideration." — Mike Bracken's Horror Films
Posted Dec 17, 2009
2/5 50% Triangle (Tie saam gok) (2007) " A loopy concoction of half-formed ideas and incongruous directorial stylings, Triangle is a disappointment." — Mike Bracken's Horror Films
Posted Dec 16, 2009
4/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) " The story of lifelong friends and wannabe heavy metal gods Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner is touching, sad, tragic and uplifting--often all at once." — Flipside Movie Emporium
Posted Dec 14, 2009
3/5 37% Saw VI (2009) " Saw VI is a step in the right direction, but it's still a film more likely to appeal to fans of the earlier entries than win new converts to the cause." — The Horror Geek
Posted Oct 24, 2009
5/5 85% Trick 'r Treat (2007) " Trick 'r Treat was well worth the wait and is destined to join Carpenter's Halloween as required viewing every October 31st." — The Horror Geek
Posted Oct 6, 2009
3.5/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " Zombieland doesn't take itself even remotely seriously, which makes it a nice counterpoint to all the nihilistic zombie flicks shambling around out there." — The Horror Geek
Posted Oct 3, 2009
3/5 29% Deadgirl (2008) " Deadgirl is a relatively schizophrenic viewing experience--one filled with bizarre tonal shifts that are odder than even the admittedly out there subject matter." — The Horror Geek
Posted Sep 21, 2009
5/5 88% Roger Dodger (2002) " I present Exhibit A in the case for why Campbell Scott should be a household name: Roger Dodger." — Flipside Movie Emporium
Posted Sep 10, 2009
3/5 —— Dead Meat (2004) " A loving homage to the gory morti viventi films of men like Peter Jackson, George Romero, and Lucio Fulci, Dead Meat makes up for its budgetary shortcomings with a lot of heart (and more than a few brains, too)." — The Horror Geek
Posted Sep 6, 2009
2/5 15% Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009) " With a title like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, you probably don't expect a classic film-which is a good thing, because The Asylum's latest release is a terrible movie." — The Horror Geek
Posted Aug 2, 2009
1/5 31% While She Was Out (2008) " If you ever found yourself wondering what First Blood would have been like with Kim Basinger playing John Rambo, then wonder no more-just run to the video store, grab a copy of While She Was Out and prepare to be astounded-for all the wrong reasons." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jul 29, 2009
5/5 89% Near Dark (1987) " Near Dark still stands as one of vampire cinema's most underrated classics." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jul 26, 2009
1/5 40% The Horsemen (2009) " Horsemen proves that production company Platinum Dunes is capable of more than just screwing up remakes of classic horror films-they're equally adept at ruining original ideas as well." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jul 26, 2009
3/5 —— Gutterballs (2008) " Gutterballs may not have any redeeming value in the eyes of highbrow film fans, but for folks who love sleazy exploitation cinema it's time well spent." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jul 13, 2009
3/5 —— Header (2009) " Header is faithful to the novella that inspired it--right down to every repulsive detail. It's guaranteed to offend or disgust anyone with taste, but I loved it anyway." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jul 12, 2009
3/5 78% Mum & Dad (2008) " Mum & Dad feels like a Rob Zombie film merged with Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, told with a distinctly English tone." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jun 22, 2009
4/5 66% Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009) " There's a Grand Guignol level of excess in the latter stages of Dead Snow, wherein Wirkola simply cuts loose and plays a game of "how can I top this?" with each new scene." — The Horror Geek
Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/5 —— Cadaver (2009) " For all it's twists and turns, Cadaver is really little more than a merging of lazy American horror screenwriting, Asian ghost girl cinema aesthetics, and some occasionally inspired cinematography." — The Horror Geek
Posted May 21, 2009
3/5 43% Hush (2009) " Hush never breaks new narrative ground, but Tonderai understands the ins and outs of the films he's aping and revels in giving us what we expect." — The Horror Geek
Posted May 18, 2009
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