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OCULUS - Spotlight Podcast 5:15.1

OCULUS – Spotlight Podcast 5:15.1

How frustrating is it when a film has all the stuff it needs — promising premise, good production values, decent cast, director who can twist filmic reality in imaginative ways — and just… doesn’t … grab… you? Pretty damn frustrating, it turns out. OCULUS tells the tale of an orphaned brother and sister who reunite [...]

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 5:1.1

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 5:1.1

Thyurl Varpenshield shouldered the mighty broadsword, NapeSplitter, and double-checked his provisions bag. “Old man!” he cried good-naturedly into the depths of the household.
From out of the kitchen, a gnarled, ancient figure emerged, wiping his hands on a dish towel. “What be on with ye now, yon whippersnapper?” he snarled cantankerously.
“Father, I am off!”
“Good with ye, [...]

Insidious: Chapter 2 - review

Insidious: Chapter 2 – review

A guided tour through a haunted house you have visited once too often

I’m a boy, I’m a boy,
But my mother won’t admit it.
I’m a boy, I’m a boy,
But if I say I am, I get it.
- from the song that should have been on the  soundtrack, “I’m a Boy” by the Who
Those Paranormal Poltergeists are [...]

Blumhouse Productions will Purge again

Blumhouse Productions will Purge again

What do you do after you spend $3-million on a movie that makes back more than eleven times that much money on opening weekend? You make a sequel! Blumhouse Productions has already announced that they will be making a follow-up to THE PURGE. No details have been announced, but the basic premise of an annual [...]

CFQ Video Review: The Purge

CFQ Video Review: The Purge

A video review of  THE PURGE, including film clips and excerpts from the trailer. The film’s premise  (an annual 12-hour lawless free-for-all) is incredible, but THE PURGE stands as an effective political parable, earning 3 out of 5 stars on the Cinefantastique Review scale – that is, recommended viewing.
Please note: If you are wondering why [...]

Insidious: Chapter 2 in theatres September 13

Insidious: Chapter 2 in theatres September 13

Film District releases the latest creep-show from Blumhouse Productions, a sequel to INSIDIOUS (2010). The SAW-team of director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell are back, along with cast members Rose Byrne, Patrick WIlson, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, and yes, Whannel himself.
The previous film left no doubt the evil had triumphed, taking possession [...]

The Purge: review

The Purge: review

THE PURGE is a tense thriller with a novel if incredible premise that combines bits of THE STRANGERS, PANIC ROOM, STRAW DOGS, the STAR TREK episode “Return of the Archons,” and Ursula K. LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (or at least an echo of the short story’s underlying concept, as inspired by [...]

The Purge opens June 7

The Purge opens June 7

Universal Pictures releases this speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions, which posits that on one night every year, laws are rescinded, allowing society to “purge” its violent tendencies and then live peacefully the rest of the time. (Sounds a bit like the “Festival” time from “The Return of the Archons,” a first-season episode of STAR TREK.) [...]

DARK SKIES: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:08

DARK SKIES: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:08

If there’s one thing we know about a Blumhouse film, it’s that the producers of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise are convinced the American family just isn’t safe at home. In the case of DARK SKIES, the entities bedeviling a married couple (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) and their two young sons (Dakota Goyo and Kadan [...]

Dark Skies: Review

Dark Skies: Review

DARK SKIES proves once again (as if any proof were necessary) that Blumhouse Productions has codified its horror template to the point that their films are the cinematic equivalent of blues music: the lyrics may change, but not the subject matter or tone; and regardless of the writers and performers, you will hear the same [...]