Halloween 2K18: A Review of “The Witch” (2015)

Horror movies with historical backdrops are incredibly rare. Those that do exist almost always fail bombastically. This is for several reasons. First and foremost, sets and costuming for any historical drama can cost money, and the budgets for such horror movies usually relegate the participants to looking like the props department did their shopping at…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: A Review of “Horror Hotel” (1960)

It’s a shame that so many British horror movies had to be released with a different, catchier title here in the United States to make them more box office friendly. That was actually the norm. For some reason, The City of the Dead was too abstract, and so it became Horror Hotel for us folks…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Review of “The Mephisto Waltz” (1971)

How far would you go for fame and fortune? Would you sell your soul? That is exactly what happens in this oddball horror movie from 1971, The Mephisto Waltz. Alan Alda plays music critic Myles Clarkson who must conduct an interview with the so-called “greatest pianist alive”, Duncan Ely, portrayed perfectly by Curt Jurgens (as a…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Review of “Mercy” (2014)

“Though shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Usually when a child has a substantial role in a horror or sci-fi film, they are nothing more than an annoying, crying, screaming abscess you would like to see done away with by whatever monster is chasing them (ex. Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds). However,…

Movie Review: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Before The Exorcist, before The Omen, and before The Shining, there was Roman Polanski’s masterpiece of horror, Rosemary’s Baby. This is such a simple story that would go on to inspire a chain of demon-themed movies stemming from its release in 1968 all the way until today. Polanski’s film tackled a subject very rarely discussed,…