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Steve Biodrowski

Steve Biodrowski
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 60%

Dracula (1973)

"Dan Curtis' DRACULA is not the greatest adaptation of the classic novel, but it infuses some new blood into an old corpse drained of life by myriad prior film incarnations. " ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 21, 2014
0/5 33%

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

"... a perfect choice for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment, because much of it openly invites derision..." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 24%

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

"The relative significance - or lack thereof - in the restored material will leave you wondering why certain scenes were deemed worthy of being included in the new cut while others were dumped into the "Recovered Files" bonus feature." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 6, 2013
36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"Thought it may not be the kind of film you eagerly anticipate viewing again and again, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" makes a nimble transition to home video, via Walt Disney Video's 3-disc combo pack. " ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Sep 14, 2010
50%

Hatchet (2006)

"Anchor Bay's new Blu-ray disc replaces their old DVD as the definitive edition for fans who want to add the film to their collection." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Sep 6, 2010
95%

The Evil Dead (1981)

"If you want to savor the gory goodness of "The Evil Dead" on home video, with every burst pustule and glob of blood as clear and sharp as the day it was filmed, then the Blu-ray disc is the way to go." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Sep 2, 2010
52%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"The Tim Burton sensibility is a perfect match for bringing Lewis Carroll to life; unfortunately, when the screenplay gets around to creating a story to take place in this world, it becomes awkward and dull." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 11, 2010
93%

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

"Riding on the delightfully cobwebbed coat-tails of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach was probably predestined to be a disappointment, for what film could possibly live up to that level of expectation? " ‐ESplatter
Posted Aug 2, 2010
97%

Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984)

"This is one of the best comedy-horror spoofs ever made. The Double Feature Gift set DVD released in 2005 is basically a repackaging of the previously issued single-disc DVD, plus the sequel. The set has some nice features but it is not quite a must-have." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 16, 2009
96%

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

"The Rifftrax DVD (adding humorous audio commentary to George Romero's classic) is not the disaster one might have feared.... Even if you are vaguely offended by their choice of target, you will have to laugh..." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 16, 2009
48%

Legend (1985)

"This well-done DVD presentation is not going to convince anyone that Legend is a lost classic, but the film is not without merit, and the discs display its best qualities to good effect." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted May 20, 2009
80%

Ashes of Time Redux (2008)

"Ultimately, ASHES OF TIME REDUX is of tangential interest to fans of [martial arts fantasy cinema];its true appeal is to fans of Wong Kar Wai." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Mar 9, 2009
61%

The Beyond (...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà) (1981)

"This one's a keeper, with more than enough bonus material to justify a purchase instead of a rental." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Feb 20, 2009
85%

Black Sunday (1960)

"A unique piece of Gothic visual poetry that retains its power to thrill and entertain with all the tenacious vivacity of its centuries-dead vampire-witch, who refuses to lie quietly in her grave." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 23, 2008
14%

Black Christmas (2006)

"This ill-conceived remake takes the premise of the effective original and turns it into a routine gorefest." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 9, 2008
No Score Yet

One Missed Call 2 (2005)

"This sequel ... offers up more of the same, but without the directorial flare that helped distinguish One Missed Call from generic Japanese ghost films." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 9, 2008
No Score Yet

The Eye 2 (Gin gwai 2) (2004)

"Fans may enjoy the "second sight," but this Eye lacks the compelling vision of its predecessor." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
No Score Yet

Eye 10 (2005)

"Unfortunately, the promising premise soon grows weary and bloodshot with strain, and the film develops an even more obvious case of myopia than afflicted The Eye 2." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
64%

Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002)

"Fortunately, the dramatic shortcomings are balanced not only by the scare tactics but also by a subtle emotional poignancy that elicits almost as many tears as screams." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
No Score Yet

Mysterians (1959)

"A colorful, reasonably energetic thriller, with some sincere but slightly preachy speeches about the nations of the world learning to put aside its H-bomb arsenal and band together for the common good." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
39%

The Grudge (2004)

"Fans of the Japanese films should be satisfied at another chance to enjoy director Takashi Shimizu's style of horror." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
No Score Yet

Undead or Alive (2007)

"Technically, the zombie carnage is impressive, but director Glasgow Phillips never quite establishes a tone that sells the effects as either horrific or comedic; they're just there." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
85%

The War of the Worlds (1953)

"Producer George Pal's 1953 movie version of the H.G. Wells novel is lavishily mounted and visually stunning, thanks to imaginative production design and impressive technical effects." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
82%

Serenity (2005)

"A negligible piece of entertainment, competent but forgettable -- basically, a made-for-television movie with delusions of grandeur." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
56%

Shutter (2004)

"A chilling portrait of supernatural retribution from beyond the grave - one that will give even jaded J-horror fans a few pleasant goosebumps." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
67%

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

"There may be some problems in the storytelling and exposition departments, but no one would deny the effective visual scheme that creates a fairy tale world in which the existence of a malevolent Headless Horseman ... is completely believable." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
76%

Sunshine (2007)

"This grim drama about a desperate attempt to save the world from extinction falls just short of being one of 2007's best films." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
73%

Pulse (Kairo) (2005)

"As vague and frustrating as the narrative can be, it does work up a considerable sense of impending doom, on an Apocalyptic scale, that separates it from other Japanese ghost stories." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
67%

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

"It is an open question whether anyone really needs this title in their collection; however, if you feel compelled to have it on your shelf, this [DVD from Legend Films] is the version to get." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
94%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

"Tim Burton`s skewered sensibility finds excellent expression through the masterful stop-motion of director Henry Selick. The songs and score by Danny Elfman are wonderful; the characters are engaging; the visuals are enthralling." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
90%

Mosura tai Gojira (Mothra vs. Godzilla) (1964)

"Only occasional penny pinching (fewer composite shots and elaborate miniatures) and a handful of minor gaffs mar this colorful, elaborate fantasy film, which is thoroughly enjoyable for fans and children, and might even impress a few non-fans." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
73%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"Romero retains his bite: not only does the excessive gore show little signs of compromise to get an R-rating; more importantly, he creates a radically subversive scenario that few contemporary filmmakers would dare to emulate." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
98%

King Kong (1933)

"The film survives the decades because it embodies an archetypal myth rendered so powerfully that it eclipses any dated dialogue and tecnical flaws." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
No Score Yet

Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (1970)

"A colorful, fun, and exciting romp of a movie." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 8, 2008
No Score Yet

I Am Legend (1994)

"The third official adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is by far the best of the lot, thanks in no small part to Will Smith's performance as Robert Neville, but the film suffers from a weak third act and an unconvincing denouement." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 8, 2008
85%

The Sixth Sense (1999)

"This film proved that a supernatural spook show, combined with solid drama, could appeal to a broad, mainstream audience, without downplaying the horror." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
No Score Yet

The Ring Virus (1999)

"Like America's The Ring, this South Korean remake of Ringu simply rehashes the original with a new cast speaking the language of its target audience." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
No Score Yet

Kaidan hebi-onna (Snake Woman's Curse) (Ghost Story of the Snake Woman) (1968)

"Fans of Japanese cinema, particularly Japanese horror cinema, should find it interesting; others will be put off by the slow pacing and occasional cornball moments." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
No Score Yet

Rasen (1998)

"Overall, the film feels stilted, academic, and more than a little dull as it plows through its exposition." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
79%

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

"Pirates of the Caribbean turns out to be a Hollywood blockbuster in the best sense of the word: a glorious piece of large-scale entertainment" ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 7, 2008
42%

One Missed Call (2003)

"The result is reasonably effective as a horror film, but the quirkiness of the approach - rather than the genre trappings - are the real appeal." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
10%

The Grudge 2 (2006)

"Though not nearly so ridiculous as The Exorcist II, nor quite so badly misguided as Babe: Pig in the City, this stands as one of the most disappointing sequels to a major blockbuster success ever made." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
88%

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995)

"An Ambitious and amazing feature-length re-imagining of the classic short subject La Jetee." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
No Score Yet

Godzilla Raids Again (1959)

"... this 1955 effort is a weakly plotted sequel that nonetheless retains much of the mood of the original." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
93%

Gojira (1956)

"... a slow and somber mini-masterpiece, a black-and-white nightmare about the threat of nuclear annihilation - in short, a classic example of popular entertainment working as a serious metaphor." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
No Score Yet

Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (2007)

"This fifth film in the Godzilla series (following Mothra vs. Godzilla) is highly regarded among fans who first saw it on television as children, but anyone looking for an awesome monster movie had best look elsewhere." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 7, 2008
98%

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

"This is literally one of those films that have to be seen to be believed -- it's outrageous, over-the-top, and beyond what you could possibly imagine, if you haven't already seen it." ‐Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 7, 2008
87%

The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (2000)

"... a must-have for any fan of Vincent Price, '60s British horror, or [director] Michael Reeves." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 5, 2008
59%

The Omega Man (1971)

"The greatest benefit of viewing the new DVD ... is that the crisp, clear image strips away the varnish to reveal the truth underneath, which is that this is not a very good film." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 5, 2008
No Score Yet

Film Crew: Wild Women of Wongo (2007)

"Faced with the tedium of Wild Women of Wongo ... The Film Crew give it their best college try, but there just are not enough jokes in all the world to make the viewing experience a joyfully giddy one." ‐ESplatter
Posted Jul 5, 2008
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