October 31, 2012

Monster Mania 21 - March 2012

This show was pretty awesome and some of the biggest screen killers of them all! Only person I got an autograph from but was unable to get a picture with was Charlie Spradling from Embrace of the Vampire and Puppet Master 2.

Monster Mania 19 - August 2011

This was a blast, my first Monster Mania experience and considerably bigger than Saturday Nightmares. See below for pictures.

Saturday Nightmares - June 2011

This was my very first convention experience and I had a lot of fun. Below are pictures of me and a few of the celebrities I met. In addition to the below, I also met Barbara Steele (8 1/2, Piranha, The Pit and the Pendulum), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), and Rick Catizone (animator/effects on Creepshow and Evil Dead II).

October 29, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Legendary Amazons

Legendary Amazons is a historical epic from director Frankie Chan, backed with the star power of Jackie Chan. Unfortunately, this time out Jackie isn't acting, rather, he is filling the role of producer. Something tells me the movie would have been better had Jackie's mug appeared onscreen instead of just the credits. You see, the movie provides some moments of entertainment, but for the most part feels flat and lifeless.

October 22, 2012

Critical Capsule: Alex Cross

I have never read any of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. It is not that I think they would be bad reads or anything, I just find I have less and less time to read these days and I tend towards more science fiction and horror tales. The movies are a different story, a well crafted thriller can make for a a good time in the theater. Unfortunately, the Cross adaptation, Alex Cross, is not a good time. Quite far from it. It is a dull, lifeless affair that comes across as more silly and theatrical than realistic and thrilling.

October 21, 2012

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 4

The Paranormal Activity franchise has been an interesting one. It is a series that you either love or hate, it does not inspire much in between thinking. It is a series built on jump scares with just a little not of story and they have somehow been able to keep going to a fourth outing. At this stage of the game, they are not going to win over any new fans and are more likely to start losing fans. For the record, I am a fan of the series and I enjoyed this outing, although they may be reaching a state of critical mass.

Blu-ray Review: Queen of the Damned

In 1994 the cinematic adaptation of Anne Rice's best-selling novel, Interview with the Vampire arrived. Directed by Neil Jordan, coming off the success of The Crying Game, the movie gave us an intriguing look at vampires. It is a movie played seriously and not without a touch of profound sadness. It introduced us to Lestat, a lonely and cruel vampire, albeit in more of a supporting role. Eight years later Lestat returned to the big screen in the leading role of a vastly inferior movie.

October 17, 2012

DVD Review: The Sorcerers

The Sorcerers is a fascinating film starring the late great Boris Karloff as a disgraced doctor of medical hypnosis. I had never heard of this movie before, but I have to say it was quite the pleasant surprise. What made it even better was learning it was the penultimate film from a fascinating young genre director who died way too young. Michael Reeves legacy was secured with the fantastic Vincent Price film Witchfinder General, however The Sorcerers is another fine example of genre filmmaking that is not to sold short.

October 14, 2012

Movie Review: Sinister

Sinister is not a movie I knew a whole lot about when I went into that theater. I saw all manner of banners and ads around the web. I figured it was just going to be another straight to video or limited theatrical release jobs that pop up from time to time. To be honest, I was actually surprised when I saw it listed as a wide opening theatrical release this weekend. I guess this will teach me for not paying attention. On any case, the movie is here and it is actually really good. And I mean really good.

October 13, 2012

Blu-ray Review: The Barrens

Director Darren Lynn Bousman is an interesting individual. After rising to prominence directing Saw II, III, and IV, he bypassed the studio pictures in favor of more personal projects. For example, after the Saw movies, he made a weird horror/science fiction/musical called Repo! The Genetic Opera. Certainly an odd choice and one that did not pay off in popularity, although I really enjoyed it. This movie is another example of a personal project. The Barrens is a movie that Bousman has said he's wanted to make since Saw II.

October 10, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Bait 3D

Ever since Jaws hit the big screens and made everyone scared to go to the beach, there have been all manner of shark movies to grace screens big and small. Something tells me that we will never again see a shark movie as great as that classic Spielberg film. Fortunately, greatness is not the only lure of his cinematic sub-genre. Sometimes the only goal is to entertain, or at least attempt to. What other way to explain the likes of Deep Blue Sea, Sharktopus, and Jersey Shore Shark Attack? That brings us to the latest tale of sharks gone wild, Bait.

October 9, 2012

DVD Review: Confessions of an Opium Eater

I am not sure where to start with a movie like this. Watching Confessions of an Opium Eater is like entering a drug induced fever dream where logic goes flying out the window. It is a pulpy tale of Chinese women sold into slavery by drug lords, the war to stop these human auctions, and the solitary traveler who finds himself in the middle of the war.

October 8, 2012

DVD Review: The Face of Fu Manchu

As the tale opens, drums sound and we see soldiers lining a courtyard. A man reads charges from a scroll and a prisoner is led out. A basket is laid beside a block and the executioner readies his blade. The prisoner lays down, face to the sky, as the blade swings down. Decapitated, the basket is removed and the witnesses file away. The prisoner was the notorious criminal Fu Manchu, executed in his homeland of China. So begins the 1965 film The Face of Fu Manchu.

October 7, 2012

Movie Review: Taken 2

When Taken came out a few years back, it was not supposed to be a hit. It had already been through European theaters and was already out on DVD in writer/producer Luc Besson's native France. Still, people, me included, latched onto Liam Neeson as bad ass shtick and the movie found great success. Now, the idea of a sequel was inevitable with the prior success, but the prospect of such a prospect was a bit daunting. How do you follow that up?

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect

So, against what I thought was my better judgment, I went and saw Pitch Perfect. It is not my normal taste, but I have gone to worse films. Anyway, the trailer indicated a movie that was at least a little bit funny and I have come to enjoy Anna Kendrick and there is no denying that Rebel Wilson is downright hilarious. I figured I could put up with the a capella singing. Having seen the movie, let me say that I am quite happy that I did. The movie is a lot of fun, there are some very funny jokes and a nice satirical undercurrent permeating the proceedings.

October 6, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Strippers vs. Werewolves

There are some movies whose titles tell you pretty much all you need to know about the story. This is one of those movies. The title Strippers vs Werewolves just about sums up what this movie is about. It is not trying to be clever, it is not trying to trick you into believing it is something that it is not. You see this title, you know what you are getting. Beyond that, the title indicates, at least to me, something cheesy and fun. Sadly, the movie I saw had the cheese but lacked the fun.

October 1, 2012

Movie Review: Looper

I am going to give you a name. The name I am to give you is one out must commit to memory. It is not exactly important to remember for the purpose of this review, it is more for the quality of movies that he makes. The name is Rian Johnson. You may not know it yet, but he is a man to keep an eye on. He has now made three films and all of them take familiar ideas and turns them into something extraordinary. First was Brick, the high school drama told like a noir film. Second was The Brothers Bloom, a twist on the con man tale. Now there is Looper, a fascinating take on the time travel story.