BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD WATCH THESE FILMS ALONE!

Halloween (1978)

It is hard to overstate the brilliance of this early John Carpenter effort, and the influence it had on the modern slasher film. It isn't the first film of its kind nor the best, but it is masterfully made (on a small budget with a small crew and tight schedule) and...

read more

Slender Man (2018)

Four typical teen girls Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles), Wren (Joey King), Chloe (Jaz Sinclair), and Katie (Annalise Basso) find a website detailing the sketchy legend of Slender Man (Javier Botet) and instructions on how to summon him. Sounds like a good idea, right?...

read more

The Uninvited (1944)

Ghost stories today aren't what they used to be, and as much as I enjoy gore and over-the-top carnage, there's something to be said for a quietly effective thriller. The Uninvited is not only a great little mystery that stands the test of time, it is notably the first...

read more

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin), an ingénue with the Paris Opera House, has recently advanced as understudy to prima donna Carlotta (Virginia Pearson). Her admirer Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry) and his brother Comte Phillipe (John St. Polis) frequent the venue...

Slender Man (2018)

Four typical teen girls Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles), Wren (Joey King), Chloe (Jaz Sinclair), and Katie (Annalise Basso) find a website detailing the sketchy legend of Slender Man (Javier Botet) and instructions on how to summon him. Sounds like a good idea, right?...

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Lucky me, I am obsessed with nineteenth century seafaring disasters of late. Like a virulent flu, I suspect this obsession will soon run its frantic course. After all: these tales, incredible as they are, have a sameness. They are marked by man's hubris and greed, the...

The Edge (1997)

I'm a sucker for a good survival film and David Mamet's The Edge is one of my time tested favorites. The film isn't nearly as thrilling upon subsequent viewings, but the first time I saw it I was practically in tears. Despite appearances, the best action isn't...

Birdemic (2010)

Listed as a "romantic horror film", Birdemic features very little of either element. The now-notorious ripoff of The Birds is probably the worst eco-horror film I've yet viewed - and I've seen Frogs (1972). There is almost nothing to recommend it except for the camp...

Weekly Roundup: Icebreaker, No Retreat No Surrender

I am embarrassed to admit I have let my readers down for the roundup, watching only two measly films for the week. In my defense, I've been reading some really solid fiction and nonfiction and listening to a couple excellent podcasts. Oh - and working. You know, for...

Everywhere it’s: Signs!

A few weeks ago, I went to see A Quiet Place. That movie was a’ight, but you know what it reminded me of? Another movie in which a hapless family is tormented by (allegorical?) aliens with a completely weaksauce weakness. That’s right, I’m talkin’ about Signs! Signs...