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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The Curse of the Cat People (1944) Dustin Putman Unexpectedly perceptive in its sympathetic observance of the pangs of childhood and the wondrous possibilities of imagination. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 Rabid (1977) Dustin Putman Remains effectively squirmy, gruesome, and even prescient nearly forty years after its release. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2.5/4 The Commitments (1991) Dustin Putman Memorable, lingering in one's mind after it has ended. Perhaps, in the end, it's a tad wiser than it initially lets on. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2016
3/4 Clown (2014) Dustin Putman [Blu-ray Review] Classy and icky, atmospheric and chilling, "Clown" astutely plays into the unknown mystique coulrophobia is made of. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
4/4 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Dustin Putman Emotionally stirring, visually striking and having not aged a day, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" cries out for individuality in a skewed, nightmarish totalitarian reality. The results are as squirmily potent in 2016 as they no doubt were in 1978. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2016
1.5/4 Hellhole (1985) Dustin Putman Wacky 1985 B-movie "Hellhole" is two scoops of crazy with a side of coo-coo-ca-choo. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2016
2.5/4 Bad Moon (1996) Dustin Putman "Bad Moon" isn't a great film, but it is a competent one with enough inspiration and individuality to impress. It is easy to see why it has built up an affectionate little following over the last few decades. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 The Crush (1993) Dustin Putman An infectious little psychodrama, one with high replay value. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2016
1.5/4 Sorceress (1983) Dustin Putman A mid-1990s D-movie relic, the film is 40% supernatural thriller, 60% soft-core romp, and 100% goofy. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 Invasion U.S.A. (1985) Dustin Putman 1980s B-movie studio Cannon Films + gun-toting, gator-wrestling man's man Chuck Norris = a recipe for unapologetic action-movie cheese. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2016
3/4 Curse II: The Bite (1989) Dustin Putman Director Prosperi and special effects wizard Screaming Mad George pull out all the stops during the second half, leading toward a snaky, hellish, rainswept climax boasting tension, creative innovation, and true showmanship. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2016
2.5/4 The Curse (1987) Dustin Putman "The Curse" works in spite of its troubles, a creeping paranoia enveloping Zack and younger sister Amy as the rest of their family take monstrous turns. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2016
2.5/4 The Car (1977) Dustin Putman "Jaws" ripoff or not, "The Car" succeeds at making a vehicle just as threatening as any psychopath or killer shark. It's no "Duel," to be sure, but it's pretty solid all the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2015
2/4 Blood and Lace (1971) Dustin Putman "Blood and Lace" is pure trashy silliness, but its bonkers story curves do provide a certain oddball allure. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2015
2.5/4 Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight (1995) Dustin Putman It may not be a classic or even as successful as the genuinely unsettling 1972 E.C. Comics adaptation, but now, just as in 1995, it fulfills its goal as a sardonic, blessedly unpretentious creature feature. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2015
2/4 Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood (1996) Dustin Putman Works best as religious satire, but never quite takes off as a mystery or a tale involving bloodsuckers. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2015
2.5/4 The Legacy (1979) Dustin Putman "The Legacy" is rather silly much of the time but also admirable, a late-'70s curiosity mounted with classy production values and unashamed seriousness. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 Shocker (1989) Dustin Putman If "Shocker" careens off its rails, however, Craven's puppet-master command behind the scenes remains in evidence; his direction is never in doubt, even when shreds of his script are. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2015
1.5/4 Hackers (1995) Dustin Putman An onslaught of lame plotting, dopey writing and cornball histrionics. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2015
3/4 The People Under the Stairs (1991) Dustin Putman As a horror film and an allegory that is just as timely in the 21st century as it was in the early 1990s, "The People Under the Stairs" actually has something to say beyond its goal to frighten. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2015
2.5/4 The Godsend (1979) Dustin Putman "The Godsend" has a rather predictable story trajectory and not much of a payoff, but it is handsomely directed by Gabrielle Beaumont and dramatically riveting. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/4 The Outing (1987) Dustin Putman "The Outing" is a serviceable, somewhat middle-of-the-road '80s slasher with its supernatural leanings and uniqueness of location the two key differentiating elements. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2015
2.5/4 Howling II ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) Dustin Putman Isn't what one would call a chilling time at the cinema, but it has such a cool '80s-retro vibe to its score, its tight editing, and its gorgeous locations that it hardly matters when it falls into clunky absurdity. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3/4 The Last Unicorn (1982) Dustin Putman Holds a forlorn, poetic beauty that separates it from the more conventional family-targeted animated features of its time—or any era, for that matter. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2015
2/4 Scarecrows (1988) Dustin Putman "Scarecrows" can be picked apart quite easily, but there is also a reason the film has gained a small yet passionate cult following in the decades since its release. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2015
1/4 The Food of the Gods (1976) Dustin Putman A flagrant disregard for animals' rights—all for the purposes of a schlocky B-movie—gives "The Food of the Gods" a nasty, unclean stench that steals away whatever fun there is to be had. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/4 Frogs (1972) Dustin Putman If "Frogs" isn't always perfectly logical, it is unnerving, providing apt foreshadowing to its ecological, don't-mess-with-nature themes without having to turn the proceedings into a preachy message movie. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/4 Class of 1984 (1982) Dustin Putman As socially conscious as "Class of 1984" is, the film's greater aim is as a crowd-provoking, albeit well-made, exploitation pic. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 Invaders From Mars (1986) Dustin Putman Creepy and charming. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2015
3/4 Breathless (1983) Dustin Putman "Breathless" is both sexy and maddening in the best way. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2015
1.5/4 WolfCop (2014) Dustin Putman Aims for laughs but mostly earns raised eyebrows and knowing smirks instead. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2015
1/4 Don't Go in the Woods (1982) Dustin Putman Fans of irresistible bad cinema, take note. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2.5/4 New Year's Evil (1980) Dustin Putman "New Year's Evil" isn't high art, yet there is something irresistibly fun and darkly charming about this early-'80s slasher pic. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2.5/4 The Phantom of the Opera (1989) Dustin Putman A worthwhile curiosity, one that has understandably achieved cult status in the decades since its release. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2015
3/4 On Golden Pond (1981) Dustin Putman The truth of its characters and emotions carry the film from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2015
2/4 The Houses October Built (2014) Dustin Putman This is a somewhat tiresome found-footage excursion admirable in how it came together, and disappointing that it couldn't have added up to more than it ultimately does. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 The Boys From Brazil (1978) Dustin Putman This is a terrifically chilling entertainment, one that deserves a spot alongside the best paranoid thrillers of the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2.5/4 The Dark Half (1993) Dustin Putman A riveting horror-thriller with a textured sense of location and encroaching menace. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2014
2/4 Monkey Shines (1988) Dustin Putman Features a compelling plot and some stylish individual moments of tension during the thunderous climax, but its energy is sapped and forward momentum severely lacking. One patiently waits for it to take off, and it never fully does. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2014
2/4 Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994) Dustin Putman On the whole, this isn't a bad sequel, but it is a lesser one that lacks the heart and unlikely charm of Stan Winston's picture. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2014
1.5/4 The Doctor and the Devils (1985) Dustin Putman A dull, uninspired—albeit aesthetically handsome—experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/4 Sleeping Beauty (1959) Dustin Putman A vision of artistry and pure entertainment, "Sleeping Beauty" will never, ever grow old. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2014
3/4 Pumpkinhead (1988) Dustin Putman "Pumpkinhead" is horror, fantasy, supernatural thriller and tragedy all wrapped up in an enthralling, phatasmagorically realized whole. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 Graduation Day (1981) Dustin Putman An ideal weekend movie, the sort of entertaining low-budget horror item that will work best for audiences looking to unwind and have fun after a long, busy work week. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2.5/4 The Legend of Hell House (1973) Dustin Putman Fans of "The Legend of Hell House" and haunted house stories in general should have no qualms about picking up a copy. Recommended. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2.5/4 Leviathan (1989) Dustin Putman Pulled off with a fine cast and a taut storytelling sensibility from director George P. Cosmatos, the film is worth a revisit or a first-time look, whichever the case may be. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 Toy Story of Terror! (2013) Dustin Putman A brief but entertaining addition to the series canon. Disney's Blu-ray release comes with an audio commentary, three more "Toy Story" short films, and a bunch of other worthwhile extras. An engaging package that is easily recommendable. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2/4 Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Dustin Putman [Blu-ray Review] Some movies from childhood hold up when they are seen as an adult, and others do not, trapped only in the nostalgia of the time in which they were first watched. Recommended for fans, but temper expectations. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 The Three Musketeers (2004) Dustin Putman [Blu-ray Review] A top-notch A/V offering, a few short but cute extra features, and a slight but likable movie for any age—what's not to like? Disneyphiles and families with little ones should be confident in picking up this title. Gawrsh! EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2.5/4 Alien Encounters (1979) Dustin Putman [Blu-ray Review] Looking great and jam-packed with quality bonus content, the Blu-ray of "Without Warning" is something of a dream. Highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2014