Tarot (2024)
Horror Movie A Day
by BC
6d ago
MAY 5, 2024 GENRE: SUPERNATURAL, TEEN SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) With precious little on-screen to engage me, I spent a little time during Tarot almost impressed that something so witless and uninspired could make it to theaters in the year 2024, because it felt like a movie we might have seen in maybe 2006 and said "Why didn't this go direct to DVD?" The movie was so bland that I also considered if the bigger studios decided to combat streamers by making their OWN forgettable pap that is best watched with your hands alternating between your laundry and your iPhone (and Sony would ..read more
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Abigail (2024)
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by BC
3w ago
APRIL 19, 2024 GENRE: KILLER KID, VAMPIRE SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) (THIS REVIEW ASSUMES YOU'VE SEEN THE TRAILER OR AT LEAST KNOW THE PREMISE! IF YOU DON'T, STOP READING!) I've often wondered if anyone ever got the opportunity to watch From Dusk Til Dawn without knowing it was a vampire movie. For the first 45 minutes or whatever it was, there's nothing in the film to indicate anything supernatural would be happening; it's just a straight ahead hostage thriller with some humor, with the vampire stuff being sprung as a total surprise. But naturally, the marketing focused on that, s ..read more
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Death Carries A Cane (1973)
Horror Movie A Day
by BC
3w ago
APRIL 17, 2024 GENRE: GIALLO SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) I picked up Forgotten Gialli Vol 6 at this year's Overlook, as Vinegar Syndrome had a table set up outside the box office all weekend and I wanted a "souvenir" from my trip (it might stun you to learn I'm not much of a knick-knack collector). But I was also delighted by this particular volume because it was only the 2nd time that it included a film I had actually seen before: The Bloodstained Shadow. I don't remember much about the film beyond the title, but according to my review it sounds like a pretty good "level 1" giallo: nothi ..read more
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The First Omen (2024)
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by BC
1M ago
APRIL 10, 2024 GENRE: RELIGIOUS SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) In general, prequels rarely interest me. This goes double for horror, as the very nature of a prequel means filling in backstory, something few horror films/franchises benefit from. Even if I more or less like the movie, like TCM: The Beginning, the "prequelness" tends to drag the experience down (in that particular case: did I really need to know how Monty lost his legs?). So it's rather surprising that The First Omen works as well as it does, because not only is it telling the story of how Damien came to be conceived and ..read more
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Overlook 2024 Wrapup!
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by BC
1M ago
APRIL 4-7, 2024 GENRE: HORROR MOVIES! SOURCE: THEATRICAL (FESTIVAL SCREENINGS) Back in the day, I used to mix things up with what festival I went to in a given calendar year, but at this point I barely even consider the others, zeroing in only on the Overlook Fest in New Orleans. While I would love to go to Frightfest UK again, and... well, I would enjoy the company at Fantastic Fest since a number of friends go (I don't particularly want to support the company anymore seeing as how they laid my ass off at the very beginning of Covid, not even a "furlough"), I just have too much fun gallavanti ..read more
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Critters 3 (1991)/Critters 4 (1992)
Horror Movie A Day
by BC
2M ago
MARCH 22, 2024 GENRE: ALIEN, MONSTER SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) I normally don't combine reviews, but they more or less combined the productions of Critters 3 and Critters 4, so I feel it's fitting. And really I just don't have a lot to say about them, so they would be very short reviews on top of it. Least this way you guys are getting something that'll last your whole trip to the bathroom or waiting for your microwave meal to finish. A review that's too short will have you wandering over to Twitter or something. Can't have that. Anyway, as fans know, these entries went direct to video ..read more
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Immaculate (2024)
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by BC
2M ago
FEBRUARY 27, 2024 GENRE: RELIGIOUS SOURCE: THEATRICAL (ADVANCED SCREENING) Before this advanced screening of Immaculate began, director Michael Mohan came out and listed some of the movies that influenced this one, such as The Devils and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, but the title that really piqued my curiosity was Barbarian. Faithful readers of the site might wonder why there is no Barbarian review here, but the simple reason is I refused to, because it was so damn good but also benefited greatly from having no idea what it was about (for those still in the dark, I will say it's not about ..read more
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Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
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by BC
2M ago
FEBRUARY 28, 2024 GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL, SUPERNATURAL SOURCE: BLU-RAY (OWN COLLECTION) There are currently 11 Hellraiser movies, and as many reviews tagged "Hellraiser" here on HMAD (well, 12 now if you feel like seeing for yourself), so I actually forgot that I never reviewed Hellraiser: Inferno back in the day, as it seemed "complete." I knew I saw it pre-HMAD, but same went for 1-4 and I got those taken care of along the way, so I'm not sure how/why Inferno (the 5th entry, if you've forgotten) got skipped over in those rewatches, especially considering in my memory I actually thought it was ..read more
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Out Of Darkness (2022)
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by BC
3M ago
FEBRUARY 12, 2024 GENRE: SURVIVAL SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) Having never seen the trailer*, I only knew two things about Out of Darkness when I sat down for it: 1. That it was, alas, not based on the book by Sidney Prescott, and 2. That friends who saw it described it as "boring." But that's not a particularly enlightening description, and it's subjective af to boot. I also know people who think Session 9 is boring, whereas I'm the guy sitting there wishing it was longer. And yet I have found the last couple Michael Bay movies interminable, even though they're certainly not lackin ..read more
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Lisa Frankenstein (2024)
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by BC
3M ago
FEBRUARY 8, 2023 GENRE: COMEDIC, HERO KILLER SOURCE: THEATRICAL (REGULAR SCREENING) Hello! I am a 43 year old straight male who didn't think Lisa Frankenstein was particularly good. Normally I don't bother describing myself in a review, but I feel here it might be useful, because I want it to be clear that I am first to admit I'm not the target demographic for this particular movie, and maybe you simply won't care that an old white dude thinks about it. But that said, considering it's Diablo Cody's first return to the horror/comedy genre since Jennifer's Body*, which I enjoyed quite a bit (wit ..read more
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