Movie Review: “Bird Box” (2018)

This review contains spoilers. I am going to begin by echoing a sentiment shared by many while watching the newly-released Netflix film Bird Box: for most of the running time, I felt like I was watching A Quiet Place (2018). And The Happening (2008). It was like the two films got together and had a baby, and the…

Halloween 2K18: A Review of “A Quiet Place” (2018)

A Quiet Place would have indistinctly blended in with all of the other post-apocalyptic films if not for one inclusion: the characters cannot make any noise. It is the year 2020 and earth has undergone a massive invasion by beastly, terrifying, ultra-violent alien creatures. Yet as vicious as they are, the aliens do not have…

Movie Review: “Meteor” (1979)

Meteor is one of those films that you can say was a victim of bad timing. The disaster genre of which this is a part was dead for years. On the flip-side, the special effects required for such a movie to be convincing and terrifying had not yet been developed for productions operating on a smaller…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: A Review of “The Madmen of Mandoras” (1963)

This is a movie you would find in one of those cheap yet massive sets of public-domain horror movies. There is no other way to describe why such a movie would be released, and furthermore, why someone would actually want to purchase it. For $2.99 in the clearance bin, it came with 11 other schlock-fests…

Movie Review: “Phase IV” (1974)

You might cringe a little bit when you read the synopsis: ants suddenly gain intelligence and begin working together to take over mankind and the world entire. Sounds like pure schlock, right? Maybe something you would see on the Scy-Fy Channel, or even worse, fill in as the sequel to The Swarm? Well, no, actually….

A Casual Fan’s Review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

(Warning: spoilers ahead) I held off visiting the IMDB boards until I saw the movie as to avoid any potential spoilers. Upon finally seeing it on Wednesday and deciding to take a look at what people had to say, I was aghast at what I saw. A mixture of trolls and people with seemingly nothing…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Review of “The Beast with a Million Eyes”

“An unspeakable horror…Destroying…Terrifying!” It it was terrifying alright; the acting, editing, screenwriting, special effects, etc. Alas, for the sake of this review I will digress. Let’s just say with a title like The Beast with a Million Eyes, it’s about as good as you would expect it to be. Rumor has it the studio gave Roger…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Review of “Invisible Invaders” (1959)

“An unearthly enemy defying science, in a war-to-the-death of all civilization!” The only saving grace this film has is that you might be able to liken it to being the “Granddaddy” [or weird, estranged uncle] of zombie films, and surely an inspiration for George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Although this is a…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Review of “A Trip to the Moon” (1902)

Henry Ford hadn’t even invented the Model-T, and Georges Melies was envisioning men landing on the moon, and trying to capture it on film, in the first science-fiction movie in cinema history. Clocking in at only 13-minutes (depending on the speed its played at; different versions vary), it would have been quite the production for…