E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialOne look at Spielberg’s filmography and it’s hard to imagine the man has ever set a foot wrong. But alas, just before the 1980s dawned, he took a misstep with the (at the time) expensive comedy 1941. Not to rest on his laurels, he doubled down in 81 and 82 and introduced the ...

The Blob (1988)What movie? You didn’t tell me about any movie!  The meta is strong in the remake of The Blob.  Too bad this remake often gets ignored because this version gets a lot of things about remakes damn right.  There is a lot to love about this flick and, believe it ...

Satanic Panic Poor Samantha.  It’s tough being a pizza delivery girl.  With little funds and no tips, getting around on her motor scooter can be quite unbelievably tough . . . especially if you happen to be a positive soul who likes to see the good in ...

Serenity 2005Back in the early Noughties, Joss Whedon was synonymous with punchy genre series that, more often than not, dealt with strong female protagonists and thrilling plots. As if cursed by his own success, Whedon tried to branch out from vampires and slayers to the sci-fi with the ...

Bram Stoker's DraculaVery early in the history of film different filmmakers sought to tell the story of the world’s infamous vampire. Bram Stoker’s most famous creation has influenced popular culture, in all its’ incarnations, since it appeared in 1897 - some might argue to the point of oversaturation. In the ...

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films Blu-rayWhat do bathtub toy boats and plastic helicopters have in common with a dude in a monster suit?  Hint: the action takes place in Japan.  That’s right.  Godzilla, the mother of all mega-monster movies, is returning to run rampage through your home ...

Toy Story 4 (2019)Bad news: Toy Story 4 is Pixar’s biggest money grab to date. Good news: This is Pixar, so it never feels like one. It is not a stretch to say that the company couldn’t make a bad movie if it tried. After all, none of its films ...

The Human Monster (1939)

It’s the eyes, man! It’s all about the eyes. Béla Lugosi (and those expressive eyebrows of his) definitely created a lot of memorable characters for cinema. He was always chewing the scenery and making each scene his ow; however, in The Human Monster (also known as The Dark Eyes of London) he ...

Midsommar (2019)Here’s a bit of life advice. Never trust the remote village that no one has ever heard of, especially if it puts on a pagan celebration that even fewer are aware of. I promise, you’ll thank me later for this. ...

Parasite (1982)Imagine if the original Alien had been shot for 3-D?  That chest-busting scene would have really leaped right off of the screen.  One has to think that producer and director Charles Band, in his pre-Full Moon days, had been thinking about that ...

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)Making any film is a tricky endeavor, let alone a film in a franchise that shows no duds. Added to which, this latest incarnation has been balanced carefully between ...

The Wizard of Oz

It’s time to go back. Clocking in at a breezy 109 minutes, The Wizard of Oz is one of the finest examples of fantasy escapism that we have in film history.  Let that soak in for a minute.  Perhaps things would have been different had WWII not been right around the corner, but fact is fact ...

Yesterday (2019) - Movie ReviewA good movie always begins with a killer premise. And Yesterday, the new film from director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis has a great one. It takes on the idea of what our world would be like today if The Beatles never existed ...

3 From HellThe Firefly Clan is back!  That’s right, they survived the shootout that marked the end of The Devil’s Rejects and, for the past decade, they have been rotting behind bars.  Except, as the movie begins, there seems to be a change of direction in the condemning wind circulating ...

Stephen King's The StandCa-Ca-Crazy lives here and, if you are anything like me and my warped sensibility, you are gonna love it  ...

The Omen: Collection

Five movies and one devil to rule them all!  The Omen Collection is finally available!  Joke all you want to about how Hellish it is to raise a kid, but Producer Harvey Bernhard was clearly on to something rich when he decided to double-down on ...

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? - DVDIn 1991, New York biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) finds herself in dire straits: she has lost her job, fallen 3 months behind on rent and can’t afford the vet bills for her beloved sick cat. Her agent (Jane Curtin) is less than helpful, ignoring Lee’s phone calls ...

Ultraman (1966-1967)In the middle of the 1960s, Toho’s special effects maestro, Eiji Tsuburaya, was on quite a roll. As Ultra Q finished, the Tokyo Broadcasting System wanted a new television series with him at the helm. But this time they wanted something in color; something ...

Ma (2019) - Blu-rayOctavia Spencer has been a staple in movies for years. She’s a talented, larger than life actor that almost always stands out in an ensemble, or kills it in a cameo. Quite rightly, she has been campaigning for a lead role in something that steps out of what she’s usually offered and  ...

Ultra Q28 episodes. 30 minutes. That’s all it took to change the world . . . or should that change be limited to just the airwaves? Because special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya definitely did that with Ultra Q, the black-and-white television series that gave us the first attempt ...

The VelocipastorYour new favorite monster movie, clocking in at a zippy 75-minutes, will have you stomping your way toward extinction thanks to laughing so damn hard at its rubber-suited antics, its 1980s shock and schlock kicks ...

Nightmare BeachDudes named Diablo don’t ever die.  And you probably shouldn’t fuck around with them either – especially when they, upon the eve of their death sentence being carried out, vow to return . . . to kill everyone who chooses Florida as their ...

John Wick: Chapter Three - ParabellumJohn Wick is one of those franchises that seemingly came out of nowhere. Keanu Reeves (deservedly) has maintained a level of currency through his lengthy and stellar career, but if we’re to be honest, his star was on the wane when he signed on to the ...

Killer Crocodile

It’s Crocsploitation Cinema at its feistiest! The cheese! The chomp! The charm! What is this movie JAWS that you speak of?! And this Steven Spielberg, too? Apparently, the Italians have never heard of him or his pet shark. When it comes to fierce predators of the ...

Shaft (2019)The #metoo movement wouldn’t stand a chance in John Shaft’s world. The most badass private detective to ever don a leather duster gets a modern-day update in Tim Story’s revisit to the Shaft franchise that kicked off the blaxploitation movement back in the early ’70’s ...

Annabelle Comes HomeLucky number seven? Well, just barely. The seventh movie in the ongoing The Conjuring franchise isn’t the best of the series but, hopefully, it will be the final one involving that damn doll. She’s twisted as hell and, as revealed here, is a sort of conduit for all sorts of evil spirits, not just ...

Booksmart (2019)Whether for good or bad, we were all labeled in high school. And whether we liked it or not, one of the most awkward times of our lives undoubtedly became the indelible forehead stamp that each of us has tried to erase ever since ...

The prey

If all the padded nature shots won't kill you, then maybe the monster in the woods will! If I told you that this slasher was made in just two weeks, you would probably believe me.  Every single detail (and edit for that matter) suggests ...

The Secret Life of Pets 2One of the toughest challenges faced by screenwriters when developing a sequel – especially to a wildly popular animated film – is how to best capture the same spirit and vibe of the original while also taking the story and characters we love to new ...

Gremlins (1983)To this day, Gremlins remains director Joe Dante’s most successful movie. That seems pretty damn incredible when you consider Dante’s inspired body of work. For my tastes, there’s not a dud in the bunch. From Explorers to Small Soldiers, The Burbs and ...

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