Monsters At Play

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Creepshow (1982) Jack Sommersby An absolutely classic comedy-chiller that's scary and fun and boasts the best comic-book feel than any other in its subgenre. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2010
2/5 Gator (1976) Jack Sommersby Starts out well with some terrific action sequences, and Jerry Reed is spectacularly assured as the villain, but the plotting gets sloppy and the tone fatally veers from light-hearted to mean-spirited. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2010
0.5/5 Bad Karma (2002) Jack Sommersby Dreadfully and inanely scripted with bland characters not worth a damn and sloggy execution to boot. Only some early full-frontal nudity merits semi-interest. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2010
2/5 Driven to Kill (2009) Jack Sommersby While it moves well enough, the action is mediocrely staged and Seagal's zombified performance really saps the proceedings of immediacy. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2010
2/5 Vacancy 2: The First Cut (2009) Jack Sommersby Bruckner makes for a solid heroine, but unlike the frightening original the film emphasizes action over scares, and never really builds valid tension. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2010
2/5 The Ghost Writer (2010) Jack Sommersby While deliciously photographed in glorious widescreen, as a whole it's lumbering, imprecise, and simply not interesting enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2010
2/5 The Entity (1982) Jack Sommersby initially-fascinating horror film just can't deliver the goods in the end. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2008
1/5 Witchouse (1999) Jack Sommersby Oh, the lighting is rather deft; the screenplay and scare factor, though, pretty odious. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2006
3/5 () Lawrence P. Raffel The appeal lies in how Hellfire seems to emulate soft-core directors from the past. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3.5/5 August Underground (2002) Lawrence P. Raffel August Underground holds a place in indie horror film history. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3.5/5 Beyond Re-Animator (2003) Lawrence P. Raffel Successfully injects new life into a fan favorite franchise EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3.5/5 Roma The Eternal City (2008) Lawrence P. Raffel Manages to retain a look that far exceeds its budgetary limitations EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
4/5 Graveyard of Honor (1975) Lawrence P. Raffel Brilliantly mesmerizing and upsetting dive literally from the first frame to the last EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
2/5 Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003) Lawrence P. Raffel It's pretty difficult to determine exactly what's going on here EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3.5/5 2LDK (2002) Lawrence P. Raffel A sickly disturbing black comedy EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2006
3.5/5 Mission: Impossible III (2006) Lawrence P. Raffel Wildly uneven but still always entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2006
4.0/5.0 Poseidon (2006) Lawrence P. Raffel A very entertaining summer action flick EDIT
Posted May 12, 2006
3/5 The Comeback (1978) Scott Weinberg The flick never really comes close to being scary, but it has a kitschy old-school charm that helps one forgive the slow stretches. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2006
2/5 Seeds of Evil (1974) Scott Weinberg A justifiably forgotten mid-'70s semi-horror flick that makes one wonder how a movie can actually get made while so much rampant drug usage is so plainly afoot. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2006
3.5/5 24 Hours on Craigslist (2005) Scott Weinberg The flick itself gets a B-, but the DVD is grade-A impressive all the way. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2006
2.5/5 Slither (2006) Lawrence P. Raffel Seems to miss the mark it so desperately wants to hit EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2006
3.5/5 The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Lawrence P. Raffel These characters are met with endless amounts of violence and despair...it's not a very pleasant experience...that's a compliment. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2006
4/5 Final Destination 3 (2006) Lawrence P. Raffel Spiritually fulfilling? No. Cool as hell? Yes. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2006
4.5/5.0 The Descent (2005) Lawrence P. Raffel The Descent isn't ONE of the scariest movies I've seen in years, The Descent IS the scariest movie I've seen in years. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2005
3.5/5 Hostel (2006) Lawrence P. Raffel While still a flawed exercise, I do appreciate what Eli Roth is trying to do and he's obviously a fan of the genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2005
Red Eye (2005) Lawrence P. Raffel May very well be the most entertaining piece of cinematic garbage you're likely to see this year EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2005
Freaked (1993) Lawrence P. Raffel When it works, FREAKED is quite hilarious and jaw-droppingly cool. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2005
() Lawrence P. Raffel The Stink of Flesh is a fantastic entry in the zombie subgenre. Great characters, talented filmmaking and an inventive storyline. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
Mysterious Skin (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel Mysterious Skin is a film that can be easily dismissed if one were so inclined. However, the real trick comes in how difficult it is to actually accept. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
One Missed Call (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel It's not deep, it's not original and more than anything else, it reminded me of an Asian take on Final Destination for some reason. Still, it's an entertaining flick. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
The Holy Girl (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel A slow, uninteresting, uninspired and most of all, uninvolved piece of work EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
Palindromes (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel Slightly more accomplished than Storytelling (which was a troubled production to begin with) it appears as if Solondz is returning to his filmic roots EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel For all of its purposes, the film is extremely effective, and at times, very difficult to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
Control (2003) Lawrence P. Raffel While Kontroll may be shallow and excessive, and quite pointless (to say the least), it's never boring EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2005
1.5/5 Gothika (2003) Scott Weinberg An ceaseless stream of Fake Scares, Dream Sequences, and Shrieking Halles. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2004
4.5/5 () Scott Weinberg Universal's classic tale of transparent antagonism...and its four unrelated sequels. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2004
3.5/5 Creepshow 2 (1987) Scott Weinberg If you already know and love Creepshow, the sequel's something you'll probably enjoy...in a Jaws 2 or Halloween 2 kind of way. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2004
4/5 World Gone Wild (1988) Lawrence P. Raffel Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2004
4/5 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) Lawrence P. Raffel Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2004
Tales From the Crapper (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel Say what you want about Troma, but they always seem to retain a certain level of consistency EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2004
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Lawrence P. Raffel Piecing together a film with a comfortable mix of the funny, horrific and sometimes heart warming is not an easy task, but Wright and Pegg make it look SO easy EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2004
2.5/5 Dark Forces (1980) Scott Weinberg Quaintly entertaining little horror chestnut...if you're into old-fashioned Rasputin-lite rehashes and late 70's decor. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2004
2.5/5 Moon Child (2003) Scott Weinberg Might prove a worthwhile curiosity to those who enjoy Asian horror/action colloids that are more interested in wacky style than in narrative cohesion. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2004
3.5/5 The Driller Killer (1979) Scott Weinberg There's a grim, grimy and rather unsettling vibe to the thing; this is not the sort of horror movie where you "root" for the oft-maligned misfit. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2004
3/5 Evilspeak (1982) Scott Weinberg Recommendable only to the staunchest of horror geeks, like myself, Evilspeak is a fairly noteworthy little horror chestnut for a variety of colorful reasons. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2004
Uncle Sam (1997) Lawrence P. Raffel Uncle Sam is an ambitious indie horror film effort, the kind that would've surprised you as a fun, blind VHS rental in the late 90's EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2004
Love Object (2003) Lawrence P. Raffel A beautiful portrait of a deteriorating mind and some disturbing cinematic fun EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2004
Screaming Dead (2003) Lawrence P. Raffel As EI Cinema's maiden voyage into the deep blue yonder of the indie horror genre, Screaming Dead unfortunately misses the mark. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2004