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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 3% Shut In (2016) The film's big twist perks up the previously staid storyline momentarily, before a storm of scary-movie clichés buries it good and deep. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 80% Rush: Time Stand Still (2016) The main theme of Rush | Time Stand Still is devotion: both that required by the band to stay together for 40 years...and that shown by its biggest fans, notoriously hard-core followers. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 26, 2016
2.5/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) It's okay to crank everything up to 11, but you gotta know when to tone it back down. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 17, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Don't Breathe is destined to battle it out with the likes of Green Room and 10 Cloverfield Lane for the title of Top Hollywood Fright Flick of 2016. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 28, 2016
2/5 76% Lights Out (2016) The dialogue often comes across as phony and forced, just like the obtrusive Avenged Sevenfold poster strategically plastered on Rebecca's living-room wall. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jul 22, 2016
2/5 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The tattered shreds of sociopolitical commentary left by the fusillade are hardly worth the mass casualties depicted onscreen-not to mention the agony of the moviegoer. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Things go beyond ridiculous when it comes to the shark's vindictive mindset, but they got that way in Jaws too, you may recall, and nobody whined about it much. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) L.A.'s high-fashion industry gets eaten alive and puked back up in Danish provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn's psychosexual satire on the quest for female beauty... ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jun 22, 2016
1.5/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) At 134 minutes, TC2 is an excruciating ordeal for discriminating horror fans -- or anyone who understands that life is short. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jun 10, 2016
5/5 97% Alien (1979) There have also been digital restorations and improvements to the original film's negative and sound mix, but the best thing about this rerelease is simply the opportunity to see the awesome Alien in theatres again. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted May 4, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) The movie viciously transforms from a semi-hokey portrayal of a struggling punk band to a gritty survival-horror flick that keeps you transfixed till the bitter end. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Apr 27, 2016
4.5/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Go into 10 Cloverfield Lane mostly blind and let its mysteries unfold like a long-lost, newly discovered Twilight Zone episode. Because that's kinda what it is. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 91% The Witch (2016) The Witch is a smartly shot, well-acted, atmospheric fright flick that aims to shed light on humanity's dark history of religious persecution and paranoia. There's just way too much talking goin' on, is all. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Feb 17, 2016
1/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) I haven't suffered such anguish at the movies since reviewing Uwe Boll's appalling Alone in the Dark back in 2005. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Feb 3, 2016
2/5 27% The Boy (2016) As creepy-doll flicks go, The Boy isn't the worst I've ever seen. That honour would probably go to 2007's Dead Silence. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jan 22, 2016
1.5/5 16% The 5th Wave (2016) It's disasters like this that make you welcome any conquering species, as long as they agree to vapourize Hollywood first. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/5 10% The Forest (2016) You're left feeling like you could get just as creeped out by reading a good Stephen King story and then going for a hike in Stanley Park. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jan 7, 2016
2/5 17% Cell 213 (2011) The film's overall quality rarely rises above decent direct-to-video product, and its underlying a tad ambitious, all things considered. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/5 65% Krampus (2015) It all leads up to a noisy, overdone climax...but only leaves you hoping for another onslaught from those twisted versions of that show-stealing cookie from Shrek. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Dec 4, 2015
3.5/5 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) By the time Frankenstein's monster shows up to raise holy hell in the last act, you're not even that interested, because its lumbering violence is just no match for the intriguing story of its makers. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 25, 2015
1.5/5 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) These days you can barely swing a chainsaw without hitting a zombie-based movie or TV show, but Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse doesn't further the undead cause one iota. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3.5/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) Crimson Peak has a lot going for it, and may well be the most ravishing horror movie ever made. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 16, 2015
4/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) It's the most unsettling identical-twin psycho-thriller I've seen since The Other-and that was back in '72! ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 9, 2015
2.5/5 33% The Green Inferno (2015) It's a total shame that this time around the celebrated fearmonger was more concerned with bodily functions and corny jokes than with generating any worthy scares. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2.5/5 64% The Visit (2015) Will M. Night Shyamalan ever clue in? Just because there's a twist in a movie doesn't mean the movie's any good. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 11, 2015
88% Backcountry (2015) It all leads up to a scene of flat-out, primal horror that brings to mind how Werner Herzog might have felt listening to that tape of Timothy Treadwell's final moments in Grizzly Man. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 24, 2015
1/5 13% Sinister 2 (2015) Just when it looked like Blumhouse was on a winning terror track with The Gift-not to mention the quirky little Netflix item Creep-it got detoured straight into S***sville with this groan-inducing cash grab. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 19, 2015
3.5/5 96% Creep (2015) Duplass's whacked-out performance keeps you fairly riveted to the screen, wondering what crazy s*** Josef's gonna pull next-and how the tormented Aaron will respond. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 9, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Gift (2015) After striking it rich with demon-based, supernatural seems as if charmed production company Blumhouse has found a winning way with human-based horror as well. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 7, 2015
1.5/5 16% The Gallows (2015) Watching The Gallows made me pity today's young horror fans. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) The new Insidious: Chapter 3 is hardly required viewing if you've already seen the first one. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jun 5, 2015
1.5/5 31% Poltergeist (2015) Anyone wanting real supernatural scares in 2015 should let this deafening cash-grab slide into oblivion and seek out the truly chilling It Follows instead. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted May 22, 2015
2.5/5 62% Unfriended (2015) If you thought the shakey-cam hell of "found footage" horror was hard to take, prepare yourself for pixelated purgatory. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Apr 18, 2015
5/5 97% It Follows (2015) Every once in a while a low-budget indie fright flick comes along that makes everything on the major studios' horror plate look like a pile of steaming crap. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Mar 25, 2015
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Intruders (2015) I hardly see the need for this watered-down twist on that '70s TV-movie Bad Ronald. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Mar 18, 2015
1.5/5 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "This is too much weird s---!" declares one victim-to-be, as if he were writing this review instead of me. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1.5/5 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) Sorry J.Lo, but since you also had the gall to executive-produce this shameless turkey, your nickname now is J.New-Low. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jan 24, 2015
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) Forget Insidious and its ilk, The Babadook is where it's at for supernatural horror in the home. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Dec 3, 2014
1/5 7% Ouija (2014) Man am I sick of seeing people getting dragged out of shot by invisible forces. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4/5 41% Horns (2014) Horns is right up there with The Cabin in the Woods as among the most engrossing horror flicks ever made in and around Vancouver. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 21, 2014
2/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) Dracula Untold is so patently ridiculous that it's hard to even fathom how it came to be. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2014
3.5/5 29% Annabelle (2014) Annabelle ranks as one of the most entertaining Hollywood horror outings of the year. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 41% Tusk (2014) Considering how supergonzo it is, I'm surprised I didn't like it more. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/5 25% As Above, So Below (2014) By the time the truly freaky stuff starts happening you might wonder if it was all worth the wait--not to mention the pounding shaky-cam headache. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 1, 2014
2.5/5 51% The Calling (2014) The Calling seems like it might be trying to be a horror flick for the Fargo set. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/5 48% Detroit Rock City (1999) Like KISS's music, it's juvenile, crass, bombastic, and loud. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 12, 2014
3/5 89% Doc Of The Dead (2014) Doc of the Dead is a zombie study that aims for the head ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/5 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Unless you're the type who thrives on endless images of folks being shot, stabbed, and burned to death, you'll hardly think that the social commentary is worth the numbing ride. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) The movie poster declares INSPIRED BY THE ACTUAL ACCOUNTS OF AN NYPD SERGEANT, as if that's supposed to impress anyone. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/5 68% WolfCop (2014) It's got the look and feel of a cheapjack college film, but with dialogue from somebody's kid brother in Grade 8. ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jun 5, 2014