Fond memories of this movie. Actually, any science fiction around the late 70's to early 80's was seen as a continuation of the Star Wars exciting momentum. Re-watching with post-ROTJ blues, Saturn 3 seemed confined to a single base, with a junky robot and embarrassingly acted. The story is a shambled mess. The future technology presented now seems clunky. Harvey Keitel plays a cold snake character. Farrah and Kirk's relationship seems a bit awkward; she was so smooth and young and he was so old and wrinkled. I noticed the lack of incidental music. Most impressive was the set design of the remote space station.
Great atmosphere and imagery. The scene in the kitchen made me jump. Salem is a great spooky setting. Not much seemed sacrified because Heidi had already invited Satanic forces into her life and her radio show. The concept of the Lords and their evil song was cool. The modern day witches were really effectively evil. The backstory was good. It's a bit of a shame all that calculated buildup was dumped at the end and forgotten.
Weird Western Comedy with Italian star Terence Hill teaming up with American star Henry Fonda. This unlikely pair exchange their own wisdom. The dialogue and action is very well done. The musical score is a real joy to hear. The Sergio Leone direction and cinematography is not to be missed. Don't expect anything serious though, "Nobody" (played by Terence Hill) is the clown of the Spaghetti West, who will take the baddies by surprise and teach them a thing or two about good manners. Hilarious. I loved it.
A thrilling adventure. I liked all the songs and cute (but grubby) Dwarves. Peter Jackson took a little kids' storybook and Rankin-Bass cartoon and made it into an epic. It took itself less seriously than Lord of the Rings - the fate of the world seemed not at stake here. It was like a great D&D adventure. There was a load of backstory and subplots added to the story, which really makes it better overall.
Yes, things start Catching Fire. This is a middle chapter to the Hunger Games series. It's another year and another challenge; the stakes are definitely raised. It's more of a setup for the final story, because not too much develops here in the scheme of the resistance. The actors did a good job. Jennifer Lawrence rocked again as Katniss. The tropical arena with the different time-generated dangers zones kept the story moving, but Battle Royale had it very similar. The ending really comes abruptly as if they ran out of film stock. I'll probably appreciate this second movie more after I see the finale.
I was haunted by the ghostly snuff films; something about the scratchy old 8mm films and the satanic music which accompanies the images creeped me out. The rules of the cursed films is quite interesting when realized. Ehan Hawke's curiosity gets the better of him and his family. The plot of the tortured author is getting a bit tired. The boogedy demon in charge of the curse is quite freaky. Things tend to go to hell in the second half, but it fits with the curse. The scene of their boy in the box seemed like a tacked-on red herring to the real horrors. The internet expert and police assistant were a bit silly. The ending was no surprise with not enough tragedy shown to be considered a payoff after sitting through so many scenes of building creepiness.
As fun as the first movie, but it felt smaller in scope. Where the first one told a full ghost story, this one felt like a small incident. The first seemingly dealt with a whole world of demons; this one narrowed the scope. I liked the early scenes when the ghost was threatening with the baby in the nursery. Gone was Lin Shaye's awesome psychic character whom I loved in the original movie. Back were the same playful duo of psychic technicians plus a new lead psychic old dude who got his messages by rolling lettered dice. The plot had a few nice twists and surprises, plus plenty of jump scares. So, not as extensive as the first movie, but still a fun watch.
A fun horror movie. It had a nice variety of freaky stuff going on. Sort of a modern version of Poltergeist with malevolent spirits abducting one of the kids of the family and high-tech psychics being brought in to investigate. There are plenty of twists and jump scares. I like the depiction and exploration of the spirit dimension. The nature and variety of the demons keeps things interesting. Lin Shaye stole the show as the lead psychi. The ending was unforgettable and led nicely to the inevitable sequel.
Hey, I'm a fan of the 1973 original; it was the first real horror movie I saw and made me a horror fan for life. The remake producer Guillermo Del Toro was supposedly a fan too, but this movie was too manufactured and lacked the rawness of the original. The remake's large gothic house was overdressed and overstyled. One of the biggest changes from the orignial was that the family in the house now had a little girl - and she was the one pestered by the little goblin things which came out of the caverns under the fireplace in the basement. They created a huge legend of these creatures, with a historical sorta prologue of the previous owners. Added to the legend was the creatures' need for human teeth! All this story clutter made the story less immersive and less scary. I liked the CGI appearances of the creature hoard. The scene with the Handyman meeting the creatures was painfully gorey. They remade some of the classic scenes with greater effects, but nothing in the whole movie was ever scary. The pay-off came at the end, which I really liked.