September 11, 2017

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

When I heard that Universal was going to create a Dark Universe of movies for their stable of classic monsters, I was intrigued. The idea of a gothic shared universe where Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, and more roamed the same darkened streets of the same foreboding cities is truly something to be happy about. Granted, there is the trepidation that goes with the idea that these beloved creatures of the night being rebooted, but it’s not like they haven’t been through it before. However, word around the block is that the universe may be dead before it even gets started, as evidenced by the supposedly troubled production and the actual box office disappointment of the flagship film, The Mummy.

September 4, 2017

DVD Review: Phantasm - 5 Movie DVD Collection

The Phantasm franchise is an odd one to approach. It is one of those franchises that has a lot of fans, but still seems to fly under the radar. You don’t often hear it spoken of in the same context as other horror franchises, like the big slasher series, or even a questionable series as Leprechaun. Of course, it does seem that the longer the series go, the more steep the drop off in quality becomes. Still, there is a lot to like about the series, it is as the budgets go down, the surreal and experimental side goes up. The later entries aren’t for everybody, but if you watch them in close succession, things become much clearer. I will say that initially it doesn’t help that there is so much time in between entries.