The Ward (2010)

The Ward (2010) – This movie has a “twist” ending and you can guess it pretty much from the beginning. I rolled my eyes and said “aw, man, in the end it’s going to turn out [REDACTED].” Surely enough it did turn out [REDACTED] but I didn’t mind so much as my eye-rolling predictions would … Continue reading

Tales from the Script (2009)

Tales from the Script (2009) – Damn, this movie is disheartening. The movie is about writing movies. It features interviews with many prominent screenwriters such as John August (Big Fish, Go), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, Bloodrayne), Allison Anders (Gas Food … Continue reading

Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas (1974) — So Halloween is often credited with establishing the aesthetic of the slasher genre (though some argue that the genre itself goes back to Psycho in 1960).  Black Christmas came out in 1974, a full four years before John Carpenter “invented” the modern slasher movie.  Bob Clark (who later directed A Christmas … Continue reading

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick ‘r Treat (2007) — SECOND REVIEW [Halloween 2010] I fucking love this movie.  This was the headliner for my Halloween Movie Night and it probably will be every year.  Thirty some years ago John Carpenter made a movie called Halloween that was good but didn’t really fully deliver on the potential of the holiday … Continue reading

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982) — So the second film in my Halloween Movie Marathon [last week] was one of my all-time favorites: John Carpenter’s The Thing.  I love movies about paranoia and from the 1950s to late 1980s there were a lot of good ones (gee, I wonder why).  There are just so many things this … Continue reading

They Live (1988)

They Live (1988) — Motivated by Rowdy Roddy Piper’s appearance on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia the other day I decided to finally sit down and watch this movie [Sidenote: FearNet OnDemand sucks, they plaster the screen with ads and inserted a commercial about thirty minutes in.  Plus my usual OnDemand complaint of having the … Continue reading

Halloween II (2009)

Halloween II (2009) — Anyone noticing a pattern here?  Three Michael Myers movies in one day.  Plus a movie featuring Mike Myers yesterday (interestingly enough Mike Myers is mentioned in Halloween II).  So more of what worked in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, less of what didn’t, but it still evens out to about the same.  The … Continue reading

Halloween (2007)

Halloween (2007) — There really is a lot to hate about this movie, but watching it back-to-back with the original I liked it better than I remember liking it.  While I would hesitate to call it a better movie than the original, I was somewhat more entertained by it.  Most of my problems with it … Continue reading

Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978) — Watched this today and it was nowhere near as good as I remember it being.  Maybe my memories have been colored by all the hype and the iconography.  I don’t know.  But I remember this movie being more awesome.  There’s definitely stuff to like and I did like the movie a lot, … Continue reading