Cinefantastique

Cinefantastique is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Peg Aloi, Steve Biodrowski
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Steve Biodrowski Summer movie junk food: it's not nutritious, but you will enjoy snacking on its empty calories as much as sharks enjoy snacking on empty-headed divers. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Steve Biodrowski Bloody, funny, scary, and hysterical, Ready or Not goes for the guts, figuratively and literally, unleashing gooey geysers that will leave you screaming with laughter. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
2/5 Child's Play (2019) Steve Biodrowski It was too much to expect a satisfying...Child's Play reboot, but the film's most notable surprise is that it raises expectations just high enough to disappoint them. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Steve Biodrowski Adding a dash of creepiness to the usual formula, Toy Story 4 exceeds expectations by - ahem - toying with them. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Steve Biodrowski The Dead Don't Die is so deadpan it could be the first film suffering from negative affect. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
1/5 The Green Slime (1969) Steve Biodrowski Although the steaming pile of electrified goo that is The Green Slime never coalesces into anything resembling a good movie, it nevertheless demands attention for reasons having little to do with the usual "so bad it's good" assessment. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Steve Biodrowski Director and co-writer Michael Dougherty's roided-up sequel offers exuberant fan service at the expense of dramatic storytelling, but the multitude of monster battles delivers king-sized entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 Replicas (2018) Steve Biodrowski This modestly budgeted science fiction film never fully answers the questions it raises, but that almost seems to be the point. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Steve Biodrowski It's a gory zom-com - with songs. Lots of songs. More songs than zombies. Too many songs, really. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
1/5 Patient Zero (2018) Steve Biodrowski ...has enough good moments for a short subject or a trailer, but the movie itself feels like an overlong rough cut of filmed rehearsals. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 The Nun (2018) Steve Biodrowski ...not much of a prequel, but it does provide more mindless fun than expected, especially when the scares are enhanced by the new immersive ScreenX format. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 Down a Dark Hall (2018) Steve Biodrowski Moody and creepy, this Gothic thriller is admirable in its effort to achieve subtle scares but ultimately too tame to truly thrill - though it does feature a reasonably satisfying finale. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
0/5 Attack of the Killer Donuts (2016) Steve Biodrowski The killer donuts take second stage to the unfunny comedy routines of the human characters, which run on so long it's as if the film is daring its audience to get fed up and walk out. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2017
Synecdoche, New York (2008) Peg Aloi Even amid the complexity of his vision, there are moments of searing simplicity and emotional speechlessness that even the most hardened loner among us cannot fail to take to heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
The Last House on the Left (2009) Peg Aloi The Last House on the Left is perhaps best seen as a reminder of why remakes of classic horror films almost always fail. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
The Road (2009) Peg Aloi The Road is a murky harbinger of our future, but perhaps more urgently, a cautionary tale clearly reflecting our present. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
Never Let Me Go (2010) Peg Aloi What makes this film so haunting is not simply its frightening take on our near future (treating as if it's the recent past): it's also in the film's gorgeous photography and dreamy music. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
6 Dead Souls (2013) Peg Aloi Even given a misplaced sense of genre at times, when Circle decides to be a horror film, its intense visuals and creepy mood are more than up to the task. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
3/5 The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Steve Biodrowski This emphatically grim art house horror film offers hypnotic visuals but lacks a clear vision of its central character. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 Shin Godzilla (2016) Steve Biodrowski Godzilla roars back to life in this new Toho Production, but the filmmakers' attempts to teach the old monster some new tricks only partially succeed. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/5 La herencia Valdemar 2: La sombra prohibida (2011) Steve Biodrowski Viewers eager to enjoy terrors dressed in the accoutrements of Gothic horror may have a good time, though slow pacing and a misguided ending undermine the effectiveness. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1/5 Tomie: Unlimited (2011) Steve Biodrowski If you enjoy cinematic outrageousness for its own sake, you may have a good time with Tomie: Unlimited; unfortunately, the film's real strength is buried beneath the special effects. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2016
2/5 Muoi: The Legend of the Portrait (2007) Steve Biodrowski More technically proficient than inspired, this elegantly crafted Korean horror film is a beautiful pastiche that exploits the power of familiar genre elements but does not equal the masterworks it emulates. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 Borei kaibyo yashiki, (Black Cat Mansion) (2006) Steve Biodrowski ...a fine example of well-executed genre material, handled with serious intent and dedicated craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Steve Biodrowski ...after a wobbly first act, the narrative hits its stride and runs smoothly to a successful finish, delivering delightful entertainment on the way. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009) Steve Biodrowski The results should please fans eager for another helping of science-fiction body horror, but despite the addition of an American lead and English dialogue, there is little to draw in first-time viewers... EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/5 Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014) Steve Biodrowski Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead is a film that wants to make you like it, but succeeds only in making you wish you liked it more. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
0/5 Zombies Lake (1980) Steve Biodrowski Zombie Lake holds a distinctive position in the annals of execrable movie trash ... Is this enough to transform Zombie Lake from merely bad to so-bad-it's-good? No, but it is so bad that it must be seen to be believed. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
1/5 Night of the Blood Monster (1969) Steve Biodrowski Franco's usual cinematic shortcoming are elevated to the level of garden-variety incompetence. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/5 Circus of Fear (1966) Steve Biodrowski Taken on its own terms, the film is a passable time-waster, though just barely. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2015
1/5 Lisa and the Devil (1975) Steve Biodrowski This rating is for the alternate version of the film, THE HOUSE OR EXORCISM - an abomination that ruins the wonderful original by adding irrelevant exorcism scenes. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2015
1/5 Tokyo Gore Police (2008) Steve Biodrowski If you are expecting an exciting, tongue-in-cheek thrill ride with gallons of ridiculous gore, you are one-fourth right. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2015
1/5 Psycho Gothic Lolita (2010) Steve Biodrowski Blood, watery though it may be, is nonetheless much, much thicker than plot. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3/5 Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Steve Biodrowski I did find Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation reasonably diverting, and the ending even managed to build up a fair share of tension (though why I should have doubted that Cruise's awesomeness would prevail, I don't know). EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2015
4/5 Jurassic World (2015) Steve Biodrowski After two miserable sequels, the world had no reason to expect anything good from another Jurassic Park movie...yet, in spite of every ill omen, Jurassic World turns out to be the most enjoyable blockbuster in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/5 San Andreas (2015) Steve Biodrowski Propelled by a continuing series of quakes spread out over the entire state, San Andreas is all forward momentum and non-stop action, but with enough narrative focus to avoid letting the calamity totally engulf the picture. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/5 Inside Out (2015) Steve Biodrowski Looks good only in comparison to its disappointing predecessors. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 Dark Was the Night (2014) Steve Biodrowski Yes, this is a horror movie - and a good one - but its tension does not derive primarily from the mechanics of suspense... Dark Was The Night wants to make you feel its character's pain. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2015
2/5 Life After Beth (2014) Steve Biodrowski Like its titular zombie, this film makes a good first impression, but before long you can tell the neurons are not quite firing correctly. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 The Black Torment (1964) Steve Biodrowski If you are a fan of classic British horror, and you are looking for something in the same line as Hammer Films (if not as good), then THE BLACK TORMENT is worth checking out. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/5 Devil Doll (1964) Steve Biodrowski Although deliberately created to replicate the dummy episode from DEAD OF NIGHT, this black-and-white English production works tolerably well as a crude rip-off, thanks to a creepy dummy and creepier performance from Haliday as The Great Vorelli. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 First Men in the Moon (1964) Steve Biodrowski Despite its flaws, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON remains a charming entertainment that stirs our Sense of Wonder with its fantastic imagery... EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
4/5 The LEGO Movie (2014) Steve Biodrowski Everything is awesome! Well, not quite everything - but more than enough to make THE LEGO MOVIE the biggest and best surprise this year. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 The Living Skeleton (1968) Steve Biodrowski This early example of a Japanese kaidan (ghost story) with a contemporary setting begins strong but gradually devolves into stupidity, as the scenario figuratively rips itself to shreds with a series of increasingly ridiculous plot twists. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 City of the Walking Dead (1980) Steve Biodrowski This profound subversion of our critical and aesthetic assumptions confronts us - like a logical paradox that seems both true and false - with a film that seems both awful and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2014
1/5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Steve Biodrowski Unable to settle on any one story idea in particular, writer-director Dean DeBlois throws in three or four, which intersect at odd moments, like cars at a busy intersection, refusing to give the right of way, so that no one ends up going anywhere fast. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3 Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Steve Biodrowski The financial failure of EDGE OF TOMORROW represents the greatest inverse relationship between quality and ticket sales since TWILIGHT sent breathless teen girls storming into theatres. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 The Vengeance of the Vampire Women (1970) Steve Biodrowski Half masked wrestler movie, half vampire movie, this Mexican import is such a jumble of conflicting elements that the absurdity becomes quite entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2014
1/5 Maleficent (2014) Steve Biodrowski The goofiest filmed version of classic literature since THE SCARLET LETTER was "freely adapted" from Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1995 EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2014
3/5 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Steve Biodrowski The most astoundingly okay movie so far this year - which is apparently all it takes to earn high praise these days. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2014