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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

The original “The Woman in Black” starring Daniel Radcliffe was a decent flick back in 2012, sadly the follow up is a dreary and weak attempt to piggy back on the success of its predecessor .
We return to the same house in the English countryside from the first movie but none of the original cast feature as the events take place almost forty years later during World War Two.

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Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

ModernReviews April 19, 2016 0

Of all the Famous Monsters of Filmland, Dracula is arguably the most famous. The bloody terror of Transylvania owes a large debt to Universal Studios for cementing his cinematic legend with Tod Browning’s 1931 film. Starring the iconic Bela Lugosi, the movie started Universal’s long association with horror and monsters.

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Jurassic World

Jurassic World

ModernReviews April 16, 2016 0

There are a good number of times I cheered like a thirteen year old high on Dr. Pepper and movie popcorn while watching Jurassic World.  Monster fans rejoice, in terms of creature feature action, this latest installment of the Jurassic Park series delivers the goods in many ways.  It is indeed, a lot of fun.  So, I will not question whether or not this dinosaur epic is entertaining.  The real question of today’s dissection is if it is a good movie, which is a tough one to be sure.

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Late Phases

To paraphrase Stephen King, a true horror fan has to drink a lot of milk to truly know cream. Most genre efforts seem to only work towards being mindless entertainment. For the most part, that is okay. I’ve spent a good portion of my life in dark movie theaters or in front of a TV screen in search of memorable fright faire that strives to be something unique.

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Jurassic Park III
  If the first Jurassic Park film is a classy piece of genre film-making, the Lost World its entertaining B-movie shadow, then Jurassic Park III is in a sense, the farm league version of Jurassic Park. Gone from the director’s chair is Steven Spielberg, in his place is Joe... Read more
The Quiet Ones

Directed by John Pogue, this tale of supernatural investigation gone awry comes from the resurrected Hammer Studios. Attempting to fall somewhere in between Hammer’s own Quartermass and the Pit and the James H. Nicholson produced Legend of Hell House, The Quiet Ones sets lofty goals for itself. While it wins a lot of points for recapturing some vintage Hammer style, it never quite takes off as a truly frightening horror picture.

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PREHISTORIC FLICK PICKS

Those who know me, know my love of monster movies is a deep one.  They’ll tell you I am howling mad about the Universal Monsters.  They’ll say I’m crazy about Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th series.  But lesser known, and no less deep is my love of dinosaur flicks!  There’s just something about big, bad, behemoths that gets my blood pumping.  And with Jurassic World now in theaters, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite dino-tastic films with you.  So here they are and in no certain order…

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Poltergeist (2015)

Poltergeist (2015)

ModernReviews February 20, 2016 0

In 1982 Stephen Spielberg delivered what is to this day one of the seminal horror movies that would shape the genre for years to come. What was great about Poltergeist back then was that there was nothing else like it; it was truly original and it was the first time a haunted house-style movie got serious financial backing and it delivered on all fronts. It’s a movie that is ingrained into the memory of every horror fan and it without doubt paved the way for modern horror movies to be as commercially successful as they have been.

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Frankenstein vs. The Mummy

They have been horror icons almost since their earliest cinematic incarnations: Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy represent our collective fear of death. These shambling mockeries of living beings are both powerful and less than perfect at the same time – a reminder that, sooner or later, our bodies will break down and die. Most successfully, both Universal and Hammer studios have had respectable ties to both monsters, but their status as public domain concepts means anyone can take a stab at them. So it’s no surprise that someone finally staged a wrestling match between the two titans of terror.

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The Cabin in the Woods

The 21st century has been an era of horror largely defined by grisly spectacles such as Saw, Hostel and Human Centipede, ploughing misanthropic furrows at the more despairing end of the genre’s spectrum. Maybe this is no surprise – everyone’s world changed for the worst on 9/11, and in an uncertain time where the extremities of human cruelty receive more coverage than ever via the internet, the latest real life atrocity is only ever a click away.

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