The State Swap Game: Iowa

With Iowa in the news for bungling the Democratic caucus despite having 52 years to get the process right, I got the itch to play the State Swap game again. The concept of the game is to take a fairly useless state and swap it out for a country roughly the same size. Now thereContinue reading “The State Swap Game: Iowa”

Halloween: A Review

******** out of 10 Horror movies are experiencing a Renaissance, an application of art-house sensibilities that brings new subtlety and depth to films like we haven’t experienced in years. Slasher films are a problematic subset of horror films, a throwback to the eighties when getting people naked and then brutally murdered was considered entertaining, if notContinue reading “Halloween: A Review”

Venom: A Review (With Spoilers)

**** out of 10 “How do you make a Venom movie without Spider-man,” people asked. I thought it could be done, I’d seen Venom solo comics in the past that did it well, at least briefly. And even though the trailers didn’t look too promising, I was hoping that someone had come up with aContinue reading “Venom: A Review (With Spoilers)”

Tommy and Me

It was evening and I was at a cavernous but curiously vacant grocery store in suburban Philadelphia when someone enthusiastically greeted me. I turned around to see a small slightly bowed older man with his wife pushing a shopping cart. He struck up a conversation with me, and it was pretty obvious he had me mistakenContinue reading “Tommy and Me”

Horror Movies that Need to be Remade/Rebooted – the Present Pt. 2

Cub – 2014, written by Jonas Govaerts and Roel Mondelaers, directed by Jonas Govaerts Sam is a meek Cub Scout on a mountain trip that goes rather wrong when a campfire story designed to scare the children turns out to accidentally parallel a real threat in the woods – a demented poacher and his feralContinue reading “Horror Movies that Need to be Remade/Rebooted – the Present Pt. 2”

Horror Movies That Need to Be Remade/Rebooted – The Present Pt. 1

When I was planning this series of articles in my head I really felt like we were in the Golden Age of horror. I’ve seen more films that were intended to be great films and were smarter and better written then I can remember. But as I did the legwork it became obvious that itContinue reading “Horror Movies That Need to Be Remade/Rebooted – The Present Pt. 1”

Horror Movies that Need to be Remade/Rebooted- the 2000’s Pt. 2

Noroi: The Curse – 2005, directed by Koji Shiraishi, written by Koji Shiraishi and Naoyuki Yokota Noroi is a Japanese mockumentary on a the disappearance of Kobayashi, a paranormal expert whose housed burned to ashes, his wife’s body in the ruins. He had been investigating a local woman who is tenuously linked to some deathsContinue reading “Horror Movies that Need to be Remade/Rebooted- the 2000’s Pt. 2”

Horror Movies that Need to be Rebooted/Remade – the 2000’s Pt. 1

There was an explosion of films fueled by the genre introspection of Scream, the brutal French movie scene and the Japanese film invasion, and things really picked up. Found footage also made it a lot easier to make a movie. Valentine – 2001, directed by Jamie Blanks, written by Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, DonnaContinue reading “Horror Movies that Need to be Rebooted/Remade – the 2000’s Pt. 1”

Horror Movies that Need to be Remade/Rebooted – The Nineties, Pt. 2

Cemetary Man – 1994 directed Michele Soavi, written Gianni Romoli and Michele Soavi Rupert Everett works in a cemetery with his handicapped sidekick Gnaghi. The only problem is the dead keep getting up, and Everett’s job is put them down before they take over the town. When the Cemetary Man falls for a young widowContinue reading “Horror Movies that Need to be Remade/Rebooted – The Nineties, Pt. 2”

Horror Movies That Need to be Remade/Rebooted – The Nineties Pt. 1

We are forced into sweeping generalizations when we describe decades but the 90’s was a very flat time period for horror domestically, lacking both charm and impact at times. But for our purposes, there are some imperfect films to discuss. Two Evil Eyes – 1990, directed by George Romero and Dario Argento, written by GeorgeContinue reading “Horror Movies That Need to be Remade/Rebooted – The Nineties Pt. 1”