“The Alamo” (1960) Never Looked Better

John Wayne’s 1960 film The Alamo has been marred in the home viewing market for years. The director’s cut or “roadshow edition” was badly damaged over the years in storage and was never even released on DVD because of such poor quality amongst the cut and later restored scenes. The standard, shorter version of the…

Movie Review: “Paranormal Activity” (2007)

Despite being a paranormal investigator myself, I managed to avoid the film Paranormal Activity for nearly 12 years. There really wasn’t a particular reason for that. It just happened that in the midst of my numerous horror movie binges, it didn’t come up. I remember the release of this film well. I was in high…

Movies in 2018

In 2015, I watched my 1,000th movie. Considering 2018 was a year of transition for me with a move, I still managed to see 108 movies with 53 of them being for the first time, bringing my lifetime total to 1,271 (according to my IMDB lists). Last year, there was a healthy mix of new…

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: “Halloween” (2018)

This review contains a major spoiler. Like most people, I walked out as the end credits began to roll. This was not because of any particular disdain for the film, but rather because I am not usually one of those people to sit through them. Only unless I am enraptured by what I saw and…

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…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Twins of Evil” (1971)

What a difference three years makes! When the similarly constructed, Vincent Price-led Witchfinder General came out in 1968, audiences were aghast. The violence, sexual assault, torture, and good ol’ fashioned witch burnings were too much for people to handle. Maybe it was not the violence, but the enjoyment of such actions. The film was heavily…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Be Afraid” (2017)

Everything about this movie from the title to the opening scene spelled out disaster. Well, in the way that a low-budget, straight-to-Netflix horror movie could. The thesaurus for classier negative descriptors was ready. I was contemplating the opening paragraph ripping I would bestow on this. But lo and behold, Be Afraid did not suck. Not…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Rattlers” (1976)

Surprising: this movie aired on Turner Classic Movies. Not surprising: the time slot was 3:45 a.m. I think you can guess how enthralled I was by a movie named Rattlers. This was one of many “nature’s revenge” horror movies from the 1970’s. It is as obscure as they come, and there are absolutely no redeeming…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “The Awakening” (1980)

Despite being almost unknown and nearly insignificant on the horror film circuit, The Awakening boasts a couple of famous firsts: it was the first (and only) horror movie for screen legend Charlton Heston, and also the first “mummy movie” actually filmed in Egypt (and with assistance from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, no less). The…