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The Horror Geek is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s):
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Halloween II (2009) Mike Bracken H2 is tragically flawed, but it does have a few moments that work -- just not enough of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 Giallo (2009) Mike Bracken Argento continues his downward spiral in this laughably bad thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 () Mike Bracken A Satanic vampire runs for Governor Minnesota in this fascinating (and sad) documentary. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/5 Blood: The Last Vampire (2008) Mike Bracken Not Even a Schoolgirl Beheading Demons with a Katana can Save Blood: The Last Vampire EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
1/5 Legion (2010) Mike Bracken Quite possibly the stupidest film of 2010. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 Entrails of the Beautiful Woman (1986) Mike Bracken If nothing else, Entrails of a Beautiful Woman proves that you don't have to be a good movie to be a good gore film. Check your brain at the door for this one, sit back, pop a few beverages, and prepare for the sleaze EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) Mike Bracken ZMD is not a great film, but if you're looking for a mindless low budget zombie romp, this should do nicely. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 Isolation (2005) Mike Bracken A creepy, and methodical, horror flick that is reminiscent of Carpenter's remake of The Thing. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 Vengeance (2009) Mike Bracken To continues to be the best filmmaker currently working in Hong Kong. Vengeance isn't his finest film, but it does certainly earn a spot in his top five. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 127 Hours (2010) Mike Bracken Danny Boyle and James Franco craft one of 2010's most compelling films in 127 Hours. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Mike Bracken Real or not, Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop is still compelling viewing. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 Black Water (2007) Mike Bracken Black Water might be the best killer croc film of all time. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 Collapse (2009) Mike Bracken Collapse is scarier than any horror film I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 Restrepo (2010) Mike Bracken Restrepo isn't a film about the futility of the war in Afghanistan -- it's a film about the men we ship off to fight in wars and how that experience changes them - both for the better and the worse. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 Exam (2009) Mike Bracken No matter how much you cram, you're unlikely to pass this Exam. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 Red Room (1999) Mike Bracken Only a select group of cult cinephiles who're interested in seeing films that push the boundaries of taste and decorum need to bother tracking this one down. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 Fetishes (1996) Mike Bracken Apparently, Fetishes was never intended to be anything more than 90 minutes of titillation. Broomfield's film is goofy to the extreme, but it provides some mildy risque entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/5 Grotesque (2009) Mike Bracken It's a shame Grotesque isn't a better film overall. The pieces are there for another Japanese gore masterpiece, but it just never quite comes together. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5/5 Winnebago Man (2009) Mike Bracken Winnebago Man proves that stories about colorful people will never go out of style. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2011
4/5 Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (2006) Mike Bracken Not so much a film as an endurance test, Slaughtered Vomit Dolls works overtime to earn its title as "one of the sickest films ever." EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2011
4/5 August Underground (2002) Mike Bracken If faux snuff films are your thing, August Underground should make you happy. Everyone else has been warned... EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 August Underground's Mordum (2003) Mike Bracken The Toe Tag Pictures crew gives us another horrifying look into the abyss with August Underground: Mordum. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 Black Swan (2010) Mike Bracken Black Swan is powerful filmmaking - a movie featuring lots of subtext, great performances, and some dazzling technical virtuosity. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2010
4/5 Frozen (2010) Mike Bracken Frozen is genuinely scary. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 Night of the Demons (2009) Mike Bracken Night of the Demons is a middle of the road remake of a film most people haven't ever seen. There's some fun to be had for fans of the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2010
3/5 Saw VI (2009) Mike Bracken Saw VI is a step in the right direction, but it's still a film more likely to appeal to fans of the earlier entries than win new converts to the cause. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2009
5/5 Trick 'r Treat (2007) Mike Bracken Trick 'r Treat was well worth the wait and is destined to join Carpenter's Halloween as required viewing every October 31st. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2009
3.5/5 Zombieland (2009) Mike Bracken Zombieland doesn't take itself even remotely seriously, which makes it a nice counterpoint to all the nihilistic zombie flicks shambling around out there. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2009
3/5 Deadgirl (2008) Mike Bracken Deadgirl is a relatively schizophrenic viewing experience--one filled with bizarre tonal shifts that are odder than even the admittedly out there subject matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2009
3/5 Dead Meat (2004) Mike Bracken A loving homage to the gory morti viventi films of men like Peter Jackson, George Romero, and Lucio Fulci, Dead Meat makes up for its budgetary shortcomings with a lot of heart (and more than a few brains, too). EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2009
2/5 Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009) Mike Bracken With a title like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, you probably don't expect a classic film-which is a good thing, because The Asylum's latest release is a terrible movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2009
1/5 While She Was Out (2008) Mike Bracken If you ever found yourself wondering what First Blood would have been like with Kim Basinger playing John Rambo, then wonder no more-just run to the video store, grab a copy of While She Was Out and prepare to be astounded-for all the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2009
5/5 Near Dark (1987) Mike Bracken Near Dark still stands as one of vampire cinema's most underrated classics. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2009
1/5 Horsemen (2009) Mike Bracken Horsemen proves that production company Platinum Dunes is capable of more than just screwing up remakes of classic horror films-they're equally adept at ruining original ideas as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2009
3/5 Gutterballs (2008) Mike Bracken Gutterballs may not have any redeeming value in the eyes of highbrow film fans, but for folks who love sleazy exploitation cinema it's time well spent. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2009
3/5 Header (2006) Mike Bracken Header is faithful to the novella that inspired it--right down to every repulsive detail. It's guaranteed to offend or disgust anyone with taste, but I loved it anyway. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2009
3/5 Mum & Dad (2008) Mike Bracken Mum & Dad feels like a Rob Zombie film merged with Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, told with a distinctly English tone. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2009
4/5 Dead Snow (2009) Mike Bracken There's a Grand Guignol level of excess in the latter stages of Dead Snow, wherein Wirkola simply cuts loose and plays a game of "how can I top this?" with each new scene. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/5 Cadaver (2007) Mike Bracken For all it's twists and turns, Cadaver is really little more than a merging of lazy American horror screenwriting, Asian ghost girl cinema aesthetics, and some occasionally inspired cinematography. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
3/5 Hush (2009) Mike Bracken Hush never breaks new narrative ground, but Tonderai understands the ins and outs of the films he's aping and revels in giving us what we expect. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2009
5/5 Martyrs (2008) Mike Bracken The film's sense of philosophy is what elevates Martyrs from the "torture porn" ghetto and places it alongside more intellectually unsettling films by men like Michael Haneke, Pier Pasolini, and Gaspar Noe. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2009
4/5 Splinter (2008) Mike Bracken Splinter is another reaffirmation of my faith that horror can be more than boring remakes and sequels. It's proof that there are still good ideas out there. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2009
4/5 The Chaser (2008) Mike Bracken The Chaser is one of the better Korean films to emerge since Park Chan Wook's Oldboy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2009
3/5 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Mike Bracken Wolverine isn't on the same level as The Dark Knight or Iron Man, but it does just enough things right to justify the price of the ticket. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 Autopsy (2008) Mike Bracken I suppose the best way to describe my reaction to Autopsy is this: casual indifference. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2009
4/5 Stuck (2007) Mike Bracken Fans who like their films darkly humorous and filled with scathing social commentary (both subtle and obvious) should find Stuck to their liking. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2009
3/5 The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Mike Bracken The Haunting in Connecticut is never particularly scary--making it a horror film for people who don't really like horror films. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 The Last House on the Left (2009) Mike Bracken Last House on the Left stands as the second Craven remake where the new filmmaker manages to get more right than wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/5 Dead in 3 Days (2006) Mike Bracken Dead in 3 Days isn't a particularly effective genre film, but it is more interesting than the DVD cover description would lead you to believe. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2009
3/5 Attack Girls Swim Team vs the Unliving Dead (2008) Mike Bracken It's no Tokyo Gore Police, but it gets the job done when you just wanna kick back and watch Asian chicks simulate sex between bouts of zombie slaughtering mayhem. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2009