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Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem – Film Review

Well, it’s official: the Road to Hell is pretty much paved over. Directing duo the Strause Brothers have given interviews in which they expressed their (presumably sincere) intention to return to the dark, scary tone of 1979’s ALIEN, yet ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM is just about as bad as its 2004 predecessor ALIEN VS. PREDATOR. [...]

Box Office: Treasure still tops

NATIONAL TREASURE remained tops at the U.S. box office over the three-day period from Friday, December 27 through Sunday, December 29, and the top four slots remained in the hands of hold-over titles, allowing little room for new films to find a niche in the marketplace.
ALIENS VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM, in 2,611 theatres, had to settle for [...]

Analyzing the subtle terror of “The Orphanage”

There are a couple of interesting articles available today that examine the subtle approach to horror used in THE ORPHANAGE:
“ORPHANAGE is more than just a horror film” consists mostly of an interview with director Juan Antonio Bayona, who insists that he did not make just a horror film:
“A ghost story doesn’t have to be a [...]

The Devil's Backbone - Horror Film Review

The Devil’s Backbone – Horror Film Review

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of their similar settings and genre tropes, some viewers have been drawing parallels between the current release THE ORPHANAGE, which was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro and THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE , which was directed and co-written by Del Toro. Personally, we think the similarities are mostly generic, and the details are [...]

The Orphanage – Horror Film Review

The ghost story is such an ancient form of storytelling that one might have expected it to wither away and die like a dried up flower laid upon a dusty tombstone, yet it continues to live on – in both literature and film – like some kind of mournful banshee, refusing to rest quietly in [...]

Alien vs. Predator (2004): Film Review

EDITOR’S NOTE: With ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM now on screens, we offer a flasback review of 2004’s ALIEN VS. PREDATOR.
The long-anticipated movie monster match-up (which had been in development for decades) turns out to be a considerable disappointment, dumbing the ALIEN series down to the level of a videogame. Fortunately, the film is not a [...]

28 Weeks Later – Film & DVD Review

“What if it [The Rage Virus] comes back again?”–Major Scarlett
“We kill it.”–General Stone
The geopolitical allegory is biting (no pun intended!), bleak and[mordant. A U.S.-led NATO force enters an England transformed by the “Rage Virus” into an empty, ravaged wasteland. The victims of the virus have all died of starvation, the infected bodies have been disposed [...]

Death Race press release

Universal Pictures has put out a press release for DEATH RACE, the remake of the classic exploitation film DEATH RACE 2000 (1975), which starred David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The new version stars Jason Statham as a convict forced by a sadistic warden to run a countrywide gauntlet in a souped up speedster.

For some reason, [...]

CyberSurfing 12/28/07

CyberSurfing 12/28/07

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE BAILY examines Frank Capra’s Christmas classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, reminding us that the film originally fare poorly with audiences and critics and only became popular thanks to television reruns and video re-releases. Writer Graham Fuller insists that the film’s reputation as an optimistic piece of fantasy is a mis-interpretation, but he [...]

2008 Horror Movies

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was originally a list of horror movies that would be released in 2008. We have updated it to include some information about how well those films did at the box office, extracted from this article about the success of science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles during 2008. For a list of [...]