Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% (Critics) 58% (Audience) Directed By: Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Written By: Christopher B. Landon & Oren Peli Starring: Lauren Bittner, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Jessica Tyler Brown, Chloe Csengery Studio: Paramount
Synopsis: The third in the series that mixes horror with cinéma vérité, Paranormal Activity 3 is a prequel that journeys back to 1988 to see how sisters Katie and Kristi became tied to the malevolent spirits that plagued them in the first two films.
I had been anxiously waiting for the second season of THE WALKING DEAD to begin since the moment the (too short) first season ended and in the first 16 or so minutes of the Second Season Premiere I was rewarded with a textbook example of how to make a suspenseful zombie apocalypse experience. The panic that came over the crew of survivors when they realized too late that they had stumbled into an oncoming herd of shuffling flesh-eating zombies was great and the tension as each character scrambled for a sufficient hiding place was palpable. Andrea being trapped and unarmed in the RV’s bathroom, Sophie being chased into the woods by two zombies, and Rick’s daring rescue were all edge of your seat moments.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 35% (Critics) 51% (Audience) Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Writers: Ronald D. Moore, Eric Heisserer Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ulrich Thomsen Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: The 1982 John Carpenter directed THE THING is one of the most revered horror movies in the history of horror movies. For my money it is the greatest achievement of Carpenter’s career and the best movie that Kurt Russell has ever had the pleasure of starring in. So it is with all of that heavy praise that the 2011 version of THE THING comes to movies screen across the country. The 2011 movie is a prequel that focuses on the doomed crew of the Norwegian research facility that is discovered by the equally doomed crew of the 1982 movie. The Norwegian’s discover a spaceship buried under the snow covered terrain and a single alien encased in ice. The alien in ice is the impetus for the head of the Norwegian science team to recruit an American paleontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD) to help with the discovery. Before you know it the shape-shifting alien breaks out of the ice and all hell breaks loose.
BOYZ N THE HOOD meets TALES FROM THE CRYPT in this alternately horrific, funny, and socially conscious anthology film. The four grim vignettes are framed by the tale of three street hoods who break into Mr. Simm’s inner-city funeral home to find a stash of drugs. The mortician puts them off, by telling them a few eerie stories about his “patrons.” (Source) Read More
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84% (Critics) 71% (Audience) Director: Neil Marshall Writer: Neil Marshall Starring: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid Studio: Lionsgate
Synopsis: Upon first glance the best description of The Descent is that it’s about a bunch of lesbians who go spelunking but it’s more than that. A lot more. It’s about a bunch of lesbians who go spelunking and then get attacked by mutant mole men!
After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela, a shy and sullen young girl, moves in with her eccentric Aunt Martha, alongside her protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders? The disclosure of the murderer’s identity is the most shocking climax in the history of American cinema. (Source)
The 411:FRIGHT NIGHT is the remake of the 1985 horror classic of the same name. The setup is the same too: teenager discovers that his new next door neighbor is a blood sucking vampire fiend and sets out to stop him with the aid of his best friend, girlfriend, and a celebrity vampire hunter. It is really hard to review the new Fright Night in a vacuum that does not involve looking back at and comparing it to the original film. So this is going to be a combination review and match-up comparison of the two films.