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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 85% It (2017) As a critic specializing in scary films, I can honestly say that in the last three years alone there's been several that have impressed me more... I don't get what makes It so special.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/5 67% mother! (2017) When I saw the TV trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Mother! I thought it looked like a pretty decent horror flick... But now that I've seen it, I don't know what the hell it is.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2.5/5 63% Hellraiser (1987) There are some intriguing special effects in the movie, but a limp script and unconvincing performances don't help. Worse of all, it isn't scary. I only jumped once during the entire film.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The sentimentality on display verges on saccharine, but the wild action sequences, lush photography, and first-rate production-design make up for it.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3.5/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It is one dark and downbeat mofo of a movie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2.5/5 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) ...unless you're thoroughly entertained by the sight of folks dying gruesomely every six seconds or so the underlying commentary on social-science run amuck will hardly seem worth the brain-splattering tedium.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/5 73% The Void (2017) Man does not life by gore alone, and if he did he'd take the B.C.-shot Slither any day.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) Unless you're an alternative-film buff with a fierce attraction to the offbeat, the allure of The Lure may be lost.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
5/5 99% Get Out (2017) I've been reviewing horror movies professionally since 1988...and I can honestly say that [Get Out] is in my top 10 of all time.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) If you're not a fan of flesh-eater flicks by now, you surely won't be after seeing The Girl With All the Gifts. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
1/5 7% Rings (2017) See Julia get trapped and terrified in a crypt. See her get strangled by a murderous blind man. See her cough up the world's longest hairball.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 8% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 80% Rush: Time Stand Still (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
2.5/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) It's okay to crank everything up to 11, but you gotta know when to tone it back down.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
2/5 55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
1.5/5 79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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 theme...is a tad ambitious, all things considered.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
2.5/5 65% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2015
3.5/5 92% The Gift (2015) After striking it rich with demon-based, supernatural franchises...it seems as if charmed production company Blumhouse has found a winning way with human-based horror as well.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
1.5/5 16% The Gallows (2015) Watching The Gallows made me pity today's young horror fans.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 57% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) The new Insidious: Chapter 3 is hardly required viewing if you've already seen the first one.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
1.5/5 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2015
5/5 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
1.5/5 15% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014