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Rob Staeger

Rob Staeger
Rob Staeger's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
17% Dead Awake (2017) The whole affair plods along in by-the-numbers fashion, and the characters are all types, displaying little evidence of interior lives.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
71% Another Evil (2017) Proksch tilts his wretchedness into menace, and Mell stages a climax that's thrilling and ridiculous in equal measure.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
0% Eloise (2017) Mysteries of the characters' pasts are revealed, but Dushku and Crawford are so bland that their secrets barely registered to begin with.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
75% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Filmgoers who brave We Are the Flesh may regret seeing it. Forgetting it is another matter entirely.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
75% SiREN (2016) A lot can go wrong in a movie centered on a supernatural strip club. So why is Siren so damn entertaining?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) The performances are compelling all around, but Kagawa stands out: His Nishino, somehow as cowardly as he is sinister, recalls the oily nervousness of Peter Lorre.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
67% The Lennon Report (2016) Profe does an admirable job walking us through the day's events, weaving together the accounts of people on the scene.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) Where most post-Shrek animated films are manic and all too eager to please, Rémi Chayé's deliberately paced Long Way North tells its story with clarity and an urgent calm.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
61% Carnage Park (2016) Much of Carnage Park is merely a sun-bleached desert creepshow, a murky soup of a murderer toying with his victims simply because he's cra-a-azy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
18% Intruder (2016) Even [its] looming threat can't enliven the plotless lollygagging in the foreground.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
90% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) There's no explicit attempt to put forth a Grand Unifying Theory of Zappa; Schütte immerses us in the competing aspects of Zappa's public persona for their own sake. The results are fascinating.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
78% What We Become (Sorgenfri) (2016) In our zombie-glutted media landscape, this is familiar territory; we know what's coming, pretty much beat for beat.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
36% Sacrifice (2016) This watered-down throwback to The Wicker Man never really heats up.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
40% They're Watching (2016) Writer-directors Micah Wright and Jay Lender are kids'-cartoon vets and show a facility for comedy on a more human level here - as does the nimble cast, which ably handles the tonal shift from travel nightmare to actual nightmare.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
38% The Final Project (2016) Slipshod in every way, The Final Project can't even be bothered to show the important stuff ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
64% Ava's Possessions (2016) Jordan Galland's Ava's Possessions begins where most demonic-possession movies end.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
43% The Pack (2016) Ultimately, these feral dogs pose no danger that couldn't be solved by staying inside, boarding the windows and barricading the doors. It's not a bad approach to the film itself.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
57% Jeruzalem (2016) As impressive as the Old City locations can be, one narrow alleyway looks much like another when the Paz brothers' camera is bouncing to and fro. Not much substance is buried beneath the irritating style.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
45% Intruders (2016) Like the house, the movie is something of a shifting puzzle box; if only the backstory that turns its gears weren't so rotten.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2016
87% He Never Died (2015) He Never Died is a Tootsie Pop of a movie. It has the outer shell of Taken ... but there's an altogether different treat in the center.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
73% Dementia (2015) As a suspense film, Dementia is solid but unremarkable, even considering its ugly snarl of an ending. But hidden underneath, the film has all the elements for a compelling, sharp-edged family drama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
No Score Yet I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance Is Mine (2015) Brutality is the only thing director R.D. Braunstein cares to show with any specificity; everything else is so vague as to seem imaginary. J‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
50% #Horror (2015) First-time director Subkoff shoots even the mundane sniping in horror mode, and makes the hallucinations pay vivid dividends: ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
78% A Christmas Horror Story (2015) The anthology is a mixed stocking; if you reach inside, something's likely to grab you.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
86% Deathgasm (2015) Confident and giddily brutal.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
0% Muck (2015) The plot is as scant and demeaning as the costumes...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
21% Amnesiac (2015) The film's palette is relentlessly beige, and Bosworth and Bentley echo that, speaking in elliptical hushes.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
61% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) ...the film sinks its teeth into toxic elements of office culture, such as the trampling of individuality...or simply how no one ever bothers to learn the janitor's name.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
78% Blood Punch (2013) A fun, dark movie made by the stars and staff of a kids show.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
19% The Vatican Tapes (2015) At no point does this film strive to be more than a second-rate version of what it is: a halfhearted attempt to make some scratch while pretending the devil exists. Some trick.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
50% Closer To God (2015) The drama plays out as expected - the ending, particularly, seems too pat - but offers several well-executed moments of tension along the way.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
25% The Stranger (2015) For viewers who don't need to suck down every last drop of vampire lore, The Stranger never gets the blood pumping.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
95% We Are Still Here (2015) Early scenes overplay the shock of these phantasms, but just as you expect Geoghegan to crank up the effects, the film mixes in some subtler scares.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
63% The Water Diviner (2015) Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios's inspired-by-true-events novel.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) Conversations meander and fizzle; characters repeat themselves, speaking in banalities and clichés.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
18% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) It's taxing to watch, and Green moves between scenes with Malick-inspired ellipses, frustrating momentum.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
69% Zombeavers (2015) Director Jordan Rubin and the cast know the material is ridiculous, but calibrate the tone so that the dangers still feels dangerous.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
25% Ghoul (2015) Ghoul rewards attention for much of its running time with subtle scares and growing unease, before squandering it in a shaky chase through twisted corridors that goes nowhere unexpected.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
79% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Australian filmmakers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner remind us why we love these bloody movies in the first place, evincing Raimi-esque glee at twisting the rules of zombiehood like so much taffy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2015
32% Dark Summer (2015) Paul Solet's direction relies on disorienting tight shots as Daniel creeps through the halls, followed by never-quite-frightening appearances by Mona in her bloody hoodie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
25% Wolves (2014) If you're in the bag for werewolves (or have a thing for hairy dudes smoking distinctive pipes), Wolves is a beckoning howl in the night. As an action movie, however, it's surprisingly tame.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2014
77% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) There's no denying this mixed bag contains some really choice severed heads.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
No Score Yet Blood Ransom (2014) While the portentous glances and oblique dialogue of the undead evoke stylish '70s Euro-vampires - as do the trippy cuts and fade-outs - Oliver's manhunt feels more like a low-budget '80s potboiler.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) The implicit criticism of psychiatry without compassion makes this confection unusually filling. Vincent Price never had it so good.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2014
83% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2) (2014) After a high-speed recap, Dead Snow 2 broadens the canvas almost immediately.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2014
0% Catch Hell (2014) Catch Hell suffers from both a drowsy start and a dragging ending.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2014
56% Inner Demons (2014) What's most interesting about Inner Demons is its third ingredient: a film crew that stirs up trouble with an intervention-themed reality show.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014
No Score Yet Asmodexia (2014) Is it possible to be decidedly unsubtle and also maddeningly opaque? Marc Carreté's exorcism film Asmodexia threads that infuriating needle.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) There's enough diamond lore here to please baseball diehards, but Ellis's outsize life will grip even casual fans.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
29% The Possession of Michael King (2014) It's a testament to director David Jung's smart script and Shane Johnson's performance that Michael King's decisions seem largely free of horror-movie logic - the stubborn refusal to acknowledge danger, an insistence on going it alone.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2014