Movie of the Week: Ghostbusters II

July 16th, 2014

Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters II (1989)
Directed by Ivan Reitman

Sequels almost never live up to expectations. A sequel is a movie studio recognizing the success of a film and continuing the story. In other words, typically only popular, financially-successful movies get sequels. When that original film is one of the best of all time, such as Ghostbusters, it’s practically impossible for the follow-up to match its success or popularity. Ghostbusters II isn’t a widely-hated sequel, but it is definitely considered inferior to the first movie.

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Movie of the Week: Red Dragon

July 6th, 2014

Red Dragon

Red Dragon (2002)
Directed by Brett Ratner

The first Hannibal Lecter novel was initially adapted in 1986 as Manhunter. In spite of that film’s lack of popularity, the second novel, The Silence of the Lambs, was made into a wildly popular, Oscar-winning film that reignited interest in the character. Since then, Hannibal Lecter has appeared in three more movies and, most recently, a network television series. By far the best of those remaining films, and coincidentally most underrated, is Red Dragon, a retelling of the first novel starring Anthony Hopkins in the role he defined.

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Gremlins Ugly Christmas Sweater

December 22nd, 2013

Gremlins Ugly Christmas Sweater

Every year, I look for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater. I’ve never owned a Christmas sweater, because I have never found one that’s ugly enough and actually fits. I understand that a poor fit is part of the fun, but for me, comfort is essential. I was very excited to find Archie McPhee’s ugly Christmas sweaters this year, and even though the Krampus and Bigfoot styles are awesome, I really wanted the sold-out Cthulhu design. It was then that I realized what needed to be done… I needed to make my own ugly Christmas sweater. Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties are just begging to have a little Creepmas injected into them.

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Creepmas Wish List 2013

December 5th, 2013

Creepmas Wish List 2013

Are you looking for the perfect gifts to give your loved and/or hated ones this Creepmas? If so, my 2013 Creepmas Wish List is just what you’ve been waiting for! Maybe you need a great present for somebody who loves horror movies. Maybe you want to make other people hate the holidays as much as you do. Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t get your fill of putting on a costume and scaring kids on Halloween. Whatever the case, you should find something to scream about among these 13 gift ideas.

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13 Reasons to See Elves

December 3rd, 2013

13 Reasons to See Elves

You have never seen Elves, the greatest film of all time. That’s because the VHS is out of print and a DVD or Blu-ray version would never sell. It’s hard to find, but it’s worth the effort. You should see Elves. Everyone should see Elves. Here are 13 reasons why. Please note that there are some pretty serious spoilers here. I’m going to give everything away. But it won’t matter because you’ll never see Elves anyway.

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Merry Creepmas! Save the Elves

December 1st, 2013

Merry Creepmas! Save the Elves

Merry Creepmas! In case you’re confused, Creepmas is a response to the intrusion of Christmas happening earlier each year. I’ve seen Christmas products in stores well before October, but you never see Halloween products after November starts. Creepmas is a good-natured intrusion of Halloween during the first couple weeks of December. I’ll be celebrating between now and December 13th.

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Two Weeks of Michael Myers, Day 10: Michael Myers

November 1st, 2013

Michael Myers

Michael Myers
Created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill

There were several iconic horror movie antagonists before Michael Myers, and there have been several since. He’s extremely plain and generic compared to most of his peers. He’s also relatively unsuccessful (in terms of both box office dollars and body counts). In spite of all this, Michael Myers is still one of the most important horror icons of all time.

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Two Weeks of Michael Myers, Day 9: Halloween II

October 31st, 2013

Halloween II

Halloween II (2009)
Directed by Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie initially stated that he would not have any involvement if the Halloween franchise continued beyond his remake. When he realized it was happening with or without him, Zombie decided to return as director of Halloween II and keep his artistic vision intact. The result is a film that fits into the Halloween franchise only slightly better than Season of the Witch.

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Two Weeks of Michael Myers, Day 8: Halloween

October 30th, 2013

Halloween

Halloween (2007)
Directed by Rob Zombie

The success of 2003′s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opened up the possibility of every major horror franchise getting an eventual remake. The Halloween series got yet another fresh start with director Rob Zombie at the helm in 2007′s Halloween. Last time I checked in with fans, nobody was on the fence about this film: many outright hated it, while others stood up in its defense. I can’t say for sure what effect time has had on this version of Halloween, but I certainly understand why viewers have been divided.

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Two Weeks of Michael Myers, Day 7: Resurrection

October 29th, 2013

Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Directed by Rick Rosenthal

The goal of H20, aside from cashing in on the post-Scream slasher revival, seemed to be simplifying the Halloween story and setting it back on course, then putting an end to the whole thing. Everything that film accomplished (or at least set out to accomplish) is undone by Halloween: Resurrection. Much like the killer’s return in Halloween 4, this film takes the “nope, he survived certain death after all” approach.

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