Christopher Symonds

At the turn of last century the superhero genre was on the cusp of a major elevation in output. Despite Batman and Robin crashing and burning that franchise, films like Blade , X-Men and Spider-man we...
When a film, not particularly well-liked at the time by critics, goes on to earn back four times its budget, there had to be something to it. Road House is the go-to for many Gen-Xers (myself included...
There is nothing more alluring to me for a night at the movies than a good old-fashioned man versus beast tale. My favourite film has always been Spielberg ’s Jaws and forever will be. Even the most i...
Back in the early nineties, Kevin Costner was at the zenith of his cinematic reach. With the likes of Bull Durham , The Untouchables and his Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves under his belt already, th...
It seems impossible that there was any year where I didn’t see Chevy Chase litter his house with enough Christmas lights to be seen from space. But I was in fact fourteen when this now Christmas stapl...
What a month! Not only did I get to extol the virtues of The Lost Boys on UHD this Halloween, but what should arrive in the mail but Tom Holland ’s equally classic 1985 vampire flick, Fright Night . T...
1989 would see the last of a trilogy of films that Halloween fans now dub The Thorn Trilogy. This would be the last Halloween film to feature the character of Jamie Lloyd (not played by Danielle Harri...
There are literally thousands of vampire films out there. In the sea of bloodsucker tales, it is truly a special occurrence when one stands above the crowd. Stepping away from any genre at all, it’s e...
Sparkly Batman got game! I am being facetious. Robert Pattiso n has long since proven himself as a more than capable actor, brave and disparate in his choices, and more than capable. Of course his ann...
This may be the toughest film I have ever tried to review without spoilers. It’s hard to believe we are now at the third entry of the MCU ’s Spider-man ‘home’ series (not even accounting for Civil War...
Only three years after Halloween swept the world up in the antics of Michael Myers, John Carpenter reluctantly returned to write the follow up, after pressure from Akkad and especially producer Irwin...
This low budget ($300,000 USD) slasher film, made by a USC graduate in the late 70s, would spawn countless sequels and give its backers some serious profits, the world horror auteur John Carpenter and...
1990’s Misery is one of the finest book to screen King adaptations of all time, in my humble opinion. While this new dearth of King adaptions continues unabated with varying degrees of success or abje...
Some 27 years after it’s release, one might be forgiven for forgetting what a game changer Jan de Bont ’s Speed was. No scratch that, you should remember! Back in the early 90s, the big muscles, full...
Remember that episode of The Big Bang Theory ? You know, the one where Sheldon shares his love of Raiders of the Lost Ark with Amy, and after watching it, she blows his mind by attesting that the plot...

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