The Menu (2022)
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by oldsharky
3d ago
Chef’s kiss for The Menu, a daily special filled with dark delights. Directed with considerable panache by Mark Mylod, from a script by Will Tracy and Seth Reiss, The Menu is pitch-black comedy, skewering pretentious food snobs like so much shish kabob. Twelve affluent diners are picked up by ferry and transported to Hawthorn Island, a self-contained culinary colony dedicated to growing, raising, and cooking food that’s showcased at its exclusive Hawthorn restaurant. Here, Chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) prepares mind-boggling tasting menus for $1200 a head. But this particular evening’s s ..read more
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The Howling (1981)
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by oldsharky
2w ago
I had an old friend crashing on my couch for the night so we decided to watch something horrific. After complaining about the paucity of decent werewolf features, we came upon The Howling, and the poor slob confessed to never having seen it. Well, that settles that. Wholesome Los Angeles TV anchorwoman Karen White (Dee Wallace) has caught the eye of local serial killer Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo), who phones her to arrange a classy tryst at a local porn theater. Of course, the police have Karen wired so they can capture the maniac, but surveillance technology is still in its infancy and the ..read more
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Freeze (2022)
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by oldsharky
1M ago
Well, let’s see you make a tale of Arctic terror on a microscopic budget! Written and directed by Charlie Steeds (Winterskin, Death Ranch), a MetFilm grad with an abiding love of bygone horror tropes, Freeze is a Lovecrafty pastiche of Victorian Era exploration that bravely demands your attention, despite being financed by old soda bottles. Captain Roland Mortimer (Rory Wilton) charts his warship the HMS Innsmouth (hint) to the North Pole in search of his best friend, William Streiner (Tim Cartwright), a fellow sea captain who disappeared two years before in search of a passage through the ic ..read more
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Alone in the Dark (1982)
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by oldsharky
1M ago
Wow, two Oscar winners in one low-budget, 40-year-old slasher! Jack Palance and Martin Landau are half a quartet of escaped lunatics paying a surprise visit to their new mental health practitioner in Alone in the Dark, a New Line Cinema oddity from writer-director Jack Sholder (The Hidden, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2). Palance is criminally underutilized as Frank Hawkes, a paranoid schizophrenic, but Landau chews the scenery gamely as Byron Sutcliffe, a pyromaniac pastor with a permanently deranged countenance. With the arrival of Doctor Dan Potter (Dwight Schultz, from The A-Team), the new s ..read more
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The Cursed (2021)
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by oldsharky
2M ago
Lovely to look at but largely bereft of beast, The Cursed, written and directed by Sean Ellis, can’t decide if it’s a werewolf movie or a period piece homage to The Thing. In true egalitarian fashion, we get a smattering of each, leaving both camps less than satisfied. Seamus Laurent (Alistair Petrie) is a 19th-century French landowner with a passel of problems. While slaughtering a band of gypsies who’ve taken up residence on his property, Laurent gets a horrible hex placed on him by a dying witch, who doesn’t appreciated being buried alive. The local children immediately start having bad dr ..read more
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Barbarian (2022)
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by oldsharky
2M ago
We’re seeing an upswing of Air B&B-based horror movies, and writer-director Zach Cregger’s Barbarian currently sits alone at the top of the heap. It’s a stylistic relative of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, as mood and tone careen crazily between multiple storylines that converge in one really bad house. Our heroine Tess (Georgina Campbell) is on her way to Detroit for a job interview with a documentary filmmaker. She arrives at her rental, the only livable dwelling in a blighted suburb that looks like World War II ended last week. To complicate matters, it’s a dark and stormy night. To further ..read more
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The Rental (2020)
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by oldsharky
2M ago
Not recommended. Dave Franco (younger brother of James) is the fledgling auteur responsible for The Rental, and unlike most coattail grabbing siblings, he demonstrates legitimate ability in the cinematic arts. Of course, vacationers in peril isn’t the most original concept, but we’ve seen filmmakers do more with less. Charlie (Dan Stevens, who seems to be making a career in genre films), a big-shot tech dude on the verge of a major career spike, makes arrangements for a celebratory weekend getaway on the Oregon Coast. His wife Michelle (Alison Brie) and underachieving kid brother Josh (Jeremy ..read more
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Deadstream (2022)
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by oldsharky
3M ago
Now that’s what I’m talking about! As if to put an exclamation point on my earlier observation that internet adventurers are the new Red Shirts, along comes Deadstream, the Apocalypse Now of found footage horror. Sean Ruddy (Joseph Winter) is an internet personality who stages dangerous stunts that also manage to be offensive, such as getting smuggled across the Mexican border in the trunk of a car. After his latest spectacle goes horribly wrong, Ruddy hopes to apologize and move on, but his fans are deserting him in droves, peppering his inbox with destructive criticism. Comments pop up thro ..read more
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Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)
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by oldsharky
4M ago
“Adam, you don’t want a dead boy lurking around outside your house, trust me.” Writer-director Carter Smith distinguishes himself mightily with Jamie Marks Is Dead, a ghost story about friendship and duty from beyond the grave. Adam McCormick (Cameron Monaghan) is a high school cross country star who becomes curiously attached to the ghost of a murdered classmate, Jamie “Moonie” Marks (Noah Silver). Marks’ body is discovered at the riverside by weird goth girl Grace Highsmith (Morgan Saylor), with whom Adam quickly becomes romantically involved. This development leads to the discovery of Mark ..read more
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Men (2022)
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by oldsharky
4M ago
These days, it’s almost impossible for anyone suffering a traumatic loss to be allowed the time and space to heal properly. Harper Marlowe (Jessie Buckley) has just lost her husband to suicide, so she drives off into the timeless wonder of the English countryside to recharge her emotional batteries. Unfortunately, her rural B&B is situated smack-dab in the middle of a metaphoric battlefield where she must face down unwanted masculine attention, principally in the form of Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear) her temporary landlord. All of the men in the nearby village are hostile to Harper, including a ..read more
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