Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU!
You have to hand it to director Stevan Mena. Planning a trilogy for his first feature film, Malevolence, was a pretty ballsy move considering that it could have easily tanked; even for a low budget horror film. Instead, it was met with praise and a couple of accolades, which didn't hurt the chances of a sequel being made. Roughly seven years later we have Bereavement, the second story (though it's technically the prequel) in Mena's trilogy of terror. With a larger budget and some experience under his belt, Mena crafts an engaging horror effort that only suffers due to the fact that fans of Malevolence will already know how this prequel finishes.
Monday, September 5, 2011
It took me a long time to get around to watching Stevan Mena's directorial debut, Malevolence. I had originally seen it on the shelf when I worked at Best Buy back in 2004, but I let negative IMDb reviews dissuade me from going any further than the back of the DVD case. After recently seeing an intriguing trailer for the film Bereavement, I was shocked to learn that it was a followup to Malevolence, not to mention the second part of a planned trilogy. Upon finally watching this $200,000 slasher, I was a bit upset that I had once blown it off due to the reviews of teenagers and message board trolls. While it borrows much of its essence from previous horror classics, Malevolence is still a highly entertaining directorial debut, and I'm ashamed that it took me almost seven years to get around to this review.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Amicus is the shit. Anthologies are the shit. Amicus anthologies are the shit. Vault of Horror is kind of the shit (it's not as good as their others, to be honest; especially following Tales from the Crypt). Regardless, old trailers are...you guessed it...the shit.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A Real Junker
If you're like me, you're severely addicted to Breaking Bad as much as a meth addict is addicted to...well...meth. If you are a fan of the show, you know that Aaron Paul, who plays co-star Jesse Pinkman, is the shit. In the span of four seasons, Paul has delivered a wide range of emotion as his character continually strives to crawl out from rock bottom. After seeing him pull his weight in the surprisingly entertaining Last House on the Left remake, I was definitely interested in seeing him tackle another horror role. Unfortunately, Wreckage isn't what I had in mind.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Won't You Bleed My Neighbor?
When I first heard talk of a Fright Night remake, I was reasonably uneasy on the idea considering that the original film is a cult classic, not to mention a prime example of fun 80's horror. When I learned that Colin Farrell was on board to play the seductive vampire-next-door, my interest definitely peaked. This wasn't a role I would have expected him to take, so I was eager to see what he would bring to a comedy-horror film whose original has a strong following. Fright Night may not be the best remake on the market, but it's a damn well entertaining one thanks to a fun, witty script and all-around great casting.