‘Hocus Pocus’ – Revisiting Disney’s 1993 Cult Classic

Perform a quick Google search of “Millenials and no…” and the first topic suggested is millennials and nostalgia. At this point, it is common knowledge that the millennial generation, for better or worse, is known as the nostalgia generation. The answer to whether there is any basis for this will not be discussed in this … Continue reading ‘Hocus Pocus’ – Revisiting Disney’s 1993 Cult Classic

31 Horror Days of Halloween: Rob Zombie’s 2007 ‘Halloween’ Stumbles as a Frustrating Reboot

The Rob Zombie aesthetic can be grating for some viewers. While his House of 1000 Corpses franchise remains a highlight, there are genuine peaks and valleys in his career. At the height of his power, Zombie sought to revive Halloween from its hiatus. In many ways, horror fans should be thankful to Zombie. The brutal … Continue reading 31 Horror Days of Halloween: Rob Zombie’s 2007 ‘Halloween’ Stumbles as a Frustrating Reboot

31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ Breaks the Mold for Meta-Horror

It's easy to become cynical to the point of mocking. Yet holding work in such high esteem that the reverence becomes unabashedly sincere can create similar feelings. However, it is never difficult to tell the difference between someone who loves an idea or image versus someone who simply cashes in on the concept to make … Continue reading 31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ Breaks the Mold for Meta-Horror

31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter’ Remains The Grand-Daddy of the Slashers

Few characters feel as necessary to a genre as Jason Voorhees. The iconic serial killing monster has been in many frustrating and sometimes bad films. Yet few would accuse Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter as being one of those films. A seeming swan song for the boy lost in the woods, The … Continue reading 31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter’ Remains The Grand-Daddy of the Slashers

Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Episode 5 – The Thing (1982) – Directed By John Carpenter — He’s Watching (2022) & Glorious (2022)

Nobody trusts anybody now… and we’re all very tired. Welcome to the seminal horror film, The Thing (1982), directed by John Carpenter. The iconic film began as a box office and critical bomb. Today, 40 years later, it is considered one of the greatest films ever made. For the first time, Ryan and I also … Continue reading Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Episode 5 – The Thing (1982) – Directed By John Carpenter — He’s Watching (2022) & Glorious (2022)

Retrospective: ‘River of Grass’ (1994)- Directed By Kelly Reichardt

Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt has become one of the definitive voices of cinema over the past twenty years. While her independent style has not caught the attention of mainstream moviegoers, she has become a mainstay at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival. The director’s first film, River of Grass, was born from her … Continue reading Retrospective: ‘River of Grass’ (1994)- Directed By Kelly Reichardt

2012 Retrospective: Abraham ‘Lincoln’ – Vote Hunter

Ten years ago, two movies about Abraham Lincoln were released. In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Honest Abe hunts vampires, while in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln the President hunts for votes. Let’s revisit Spielberg’s movie, shall we? Lincoln takes place in 1865, near the end of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln must now find a way … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: Abraham ‘Lincoln’ – Vote Hunter

2012 Retrospective: ‘ParaNorman’ – Grief and Parody Spawn Emotional Brilliance

When we're growing up, we believe that our parents and grandparents will guide us through life. As our family shares their interests with us, we often glom onto the moments we connect over. For some special families, those moments involve bad zombie movies. The young animation house, LAIKA Studios began production on their first feature, Coraline, in 2005. When 2012 … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘ParaNorman’ – Grief and Parody Spawn Emotional Brilliance

2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

How do we separate the filmmaker from their fantasies? For years, Ridley Scott has continued to keep us focused on the heavens. The master filmmaker created his masterpieces long ago, with Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise each releasing more than two decades ago. Yet when you're as talented as Scott, there's no reason to stop trying … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

How do you say goodbye to a band that never really went away? The LCD Soundsystem hiatus really threw a wrench in my feelings toward music back in 2012. Just a few years earlier, Fall Out Boy, the emo band of my teen years, had announced its own dissolution. I was prepared to never love music … Continue reading 2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch