Mike Bracken's Horror Films

Mike Bracken's Horror Films 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
4/5 Exorcism (1975) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Mike Bracken For every thing that Sam Bayer's Nightmare on Elm Street update gets right, there's at least one other thing it screws up. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2010
5/5 The Hurt Locker (2008) Mike Bracken It's too soon to pick the definitive film of the Iraq war, but when the time comes, The Hurt Locker will get serious consideration. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2009
2/5 Triangle (2007) Mike Bracken A loopy concoction of half-formed ideas and incongruous directorial stylings, Triangle is a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2009
4/5 Late Bloomer (2004) Mike Bracken The Japanese have a gift for making uncomfortable (yet compellingly watchable) films, and Go Shibata's Late Bloomer might be the best of the bunch. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2009
4/5 My Name Is Bruce (2007) Mike Bracken My Name is Bruce is not only a movie-it's also a celebration of the cult of Bruce Campbell. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2009
1/5 Against the Dark (2009) Mike Bracken A paunchy and bored looking Seagal (who's barely in the movie) fights generic vampire-zombies. Not nearly as cool as it sounds. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2009
4/5 Alien Raiders (2008) Mike Bracken Those who get past the lame title will be rewarded with one of the better low budget horror/sci-fi films to turn up in the past few years. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2009
3/5 Friday the 13th (2009) Mike Bracken Could it really be worse than Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan? EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2009
4/5 His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009) Mike Bracken A fun, if somewhat lighthearted, look at how the Friday the 13th franchise continues to endure even after three decades of slaughter. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2009
3/5 Midnight Movie (2008) Mike Bracken Midnight Movie is an entertaining piece of low-budget slasher cinema that succeeds despite some problems. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
2/5 Donkey Punch (2008) Mike Bracken Donkey Punch opens strong, but loses its way at the first major plot point. A potentially intriguing thriller devolves into a generic "last man standing" movie that borrows liberally from better films. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2009
3/5 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) Mike Bracken Not deep or particularly good, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is the kind of innocuous fluff that will appeal to fans of the earlier entries. Everyone else can safely skip it. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2009
4/5 My Bloody Valentine (2009) Mike Bracken My Bloody Valentine is a fun throwback to the golden era of slasher movies--packed with gore, nudity, and the classic gimmick of 3D. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2009
5/5 Tokyo Gore Police (2008) Mike Bracken Tokyo Gore Police is sure to be one of the best cult films of 2009. Fans of Versus and Machine Girl will want to check this out. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2009
3/5 Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008) Mike Bracken Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead isn't as good as its predecessor, but manages to entertain almost in spite of itself. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2009
3/5 Dead Space: Downfall (2008) Mike Bracken Dead Space isn't particularly original, but fans of the game should find this animated prequel engaging. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2008
3/5 Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) Mike Bracken Sukiyaki Western Django is a far-east-meets-western that could have only sprung from the mind of Takashi Miike. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2008
2/5 The Last House in the Woods (2006) Mike Bracken Last House in the Woods is a throwback to the days when Italian horror was a vital component of the cinematic horror universe, but it works better as an homage than an actual movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2008
4/5 The Midnight Meat Train (2008) Mike Bracken The Midnight Meat Train is a real horror film-one filled with dark imagery, disturbing violence, and an ever-present sense of dread. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
1/5 House (2008) Mike Bracken House wears its religion on its sleeve-and like the pushiest Jehovah's Witnesses, it's going to try and convert you to its cause come hell or high water. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2008
3/5 Zombie Strippers (2008) Mike Bracken Unfortunately for fans of the burgeoning "walking dead eat the patrons of the champagne room" subgenre, Zombie Strippers never manages to become the classic of this particular cinematic movement. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2008
1/5 The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) Mike Bracken Makes Saw V look like Citizen Kane. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2008
2/5 Trailer Park of Terror (2008) Mike Bracken Trailer Park of Terror never manages to find the balance between humor and horror--but it does give it the old college try. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2008
2/5 Saw V (2008) Mike Bracken About the only thing that really interested me about Saw V was the fact that it shares this odd parallel relationship to the fifth installment of Friday the 13th. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1/5 Brotherhood of Blood (2007) Mike Bracken In a word? Awful. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2008
2/5 Max Payne (2008) Mike Bracken Max Payne spends a great deal of time building a unique visual look--at the expense of narrative and character development. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 Trauma (2004) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 The Mist (2007) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 Evil Aliens (2005) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
5/5 Black Christmas (2006) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 Them! (1954) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
5/5 Versus (2000) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/5 Eaten Alive (1976) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 Hatchet (2006) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
5/5 Killer (1994) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 () Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 Wicked City (1987) Mike Bracken Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
5/5 In Bruges (2008) Mike Bracken All in all an excellent film from a filmmaker with a promising future. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 Dance of the Dead (2008) Mike Bracken While not without some minor flaws, Dance of the Dead was far more fun than my senior prom. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/5 Quarantine (2008) Mike Bracken Quarantine isn't an awful film--just an unnecessary one. It may well be the most pointless remake since Gus Van Sant's Psycho EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
4/5 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) Mike Bracken Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer has cult classic written all over it. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
4/5 Rec (2007) Mike Bracken [Rec] is one of the few genuinely creepy horror films to come along in the past few years. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2008
2/5 Fido (2007) Mike Bracken Don't believe the hype when it comes Fido EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2008
2/5 Welcome to the Jungle (2007) Mike Bracken If Disney re-made Cannibal Holocaust, it would probably look something like Welcome to the Jungle EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2008
4/5 Hellevator: The Bottled Fools (2004) Mike Bracken Hellevator may have a stupid title, but the end product is plays like a Japanese version of Cube reimagined by Shinya Tsukamoto. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2008
3/5 Rogue (2007) Mike Bracken Rogue subverts genre conventions at numerous points in the narrative--which is both its greatest strength and weakness. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2008
4/5 Death Race (2008) Mike Bracken Death Race is a big dumb action flick and it wears that title like a badge of honor. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
3/5 Tropic Thunder (2008) Mike Bracken Tropic Thunder won't go down as a comedy classic, but compared to the rest of this summer's fare, it succeeds almost in spite of itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2008
4/5 Dreams on Spec (2007) Mike Bracken Dreams on Spec is a fascinating look at a part of the filmmaking process that has largely been unexplored up until this point. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2008