2017 ★★★★ ftv
As a fan of the book, which I read back in the early 90's, it still feels like familiar territory. It's stuck with me that long. I never found the book that scary but still loved the story. Same with the film. It's a great story. The horror here, much like many of King's stories, is in the mundane events of life. Bullies, abuse, that scary house on the corner, evil aliens in the sewers. The magic here is the Loser's Club and in this movie it's displayed perfectly. So many of us can relate to that crew of kids we had for a summer or two before growing up pushes it away.
The Lost Empire
1984 ★★★ ftv
Similar to Big Trouble in Little China and Enter the Dragon and yet miles away. Goofy fun and an excellent synth score help this adventure along. The basic plot is that of a cop investigating some weird cult led by Angus Scrimm. There are robot spiders, bulletproof shuriken, and three badass ladies.
The Bad Batch
2016 ★★½ ftv
Started strong but fell apart from the middle onward. I'm all for dystopian tribal stories and alternate America but this went boring pretty quickly. It was remotely reminiscent of some 90s stuff like Natural Born Killers but nowhere near that film.
It Stains the Sands Red
2016 ★★★★ ftv
A fine little movie peppered with humor but able to go to ten when it needs to. Starts out familiar enough with escapees of an infection of sorts getting the hell out of Dodge only to get caught up in some zombies. The leading lady is left alone in the desert with a slow walker trailing her.
It's at times emotional and tense, often funny as she develops a relationship with the zombie she calls "old balls." Then it ratchets the horror up and gore fills the screen.
I'm down on zombie movies but give credit here for not being the same old same old that's currently killing the genre.
1978 ★★★ ftv
Classic Oz-ploitation film. Two terrible people try to rekindle their marriage but mother nature has other plans. Creepy noises in the woods, attacking birds, and a dugong help the descent into madness along.
2017 ★★½ ftv
Grimy. A substance abusing drifter comes to rest in a desert town. While battling his addiction he's drafted into a local sporting events where he's the prey.
It's no Surviving the Game but similar. The effects kind of drag it down. CG bullets and fire take me out of the movie everytime but still a solid thriller.
2016 ★★★ ftv
Tense and well put together, this thriller stays in its lane and does well there. A couple out hiking discover a toddler out all alone. As they tend to him a man arrives and tries to help out as well. Things aren't as they seem and we get two tales of terror out of the deal. The first is a flashback on the origin of the toddler and the second is the couple trying to survive because they go too close.
1977 ★★★★ ftv
Demon Seed is a really cool sci-fi horror tale. It's centered on the elite academic creation of an organic super computer that has become too big to fail. Proteus asks about being let of his box and says killing the oceans for metal is insane meanwhile he's locked a woman up in a smarthome and is about to force her to have his baby. His sentient AI baby. He does this by using the various smart home technologies and a seriously creepy wheelchair with a robot arm.
Mostly middle of the road stuff here. We all know Carrie is the prom queen.
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
A rare case of the sequel being better than the first and it does it very well by delving into deep the supernatural. It doesn't focus on blood but does tell a good story. It's got some great theatrical moments and some disturbing ideas against organized religion but that was all the rage back then. It gets a lot of points for expanding a pretty thin mythology from the first movie and going into Nightmare on Elm Street territory.
Among the Living
2014 ★★★★½ ftv
Another top notch flick from Julien and Alexandre. If Inside and Livide were anywhere near a like of yours you'll dig this.
Three adolescent boys are out doing boy stuff like setting fires, pissing on each other, and sinking boats in the French countryside when they wander into an abandoned film set. They see a captive woman and try to help her but this goes wrong and they flee. The evil doers then seek out the boys and rain terror at every step.
Not to cheapen the movie at all but it literally is a mutant killer clown hiding like E.T. in stuffed animals while the call is coming from inside the house. And a weird penis.
2017 ★★★ ftv
Easily one of the better King adaptations out there. Hard to describe without spoiling it because it's so well done. Netflix did good here. The basic setup is a struggling couple out for a bonding weekend that involves some handcuffs, viagra, and a fatal heart attack, that leaves a woman cuffed to a bed.
I saw this in the theater on release and loved it. I thought to myself I can't wait to watch this with my kid. Today was that day. It's a great starter flick for the young ones, only really has some language. At its core it's a monster movie centered on a group of kids, which we need more of desperately.
Invaders from Mars
Another for the younger set. Tobe Hooper has a classic scifi tale here wrapped in 80's cheese. It's setting is instantly understandable to younger folks and even my 6 year old knew the parents were acting strange. It's got some great practical effects and some very creepy scenes revolving around an already creepy school teacher.