Review: “The Dead Don’t Die”

3 out of 5 stars. From the get-go, police officer Ronnie Peterson (played by Adam Driver), tells his colleagues—and the audience—that this story is going to end badly.  The journey to that ending, however, is a light-hearted romp through the zombie apocalypse, told with writer and director Jim Jarmusch’s signature brand of deadpan humor, with […]

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Review: “Midsommar”

3.5 out of 5 stars. In “Midsommar,” very few scenes are set in dark places.  The majority of the film takes place in the bright Swedish summer sunshine, as the members of a commune called the Hårga prepare to celebrate the midsummer solstice.  But writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary) finds the terror in this […]

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Review: “Pet Sematary” (2019)

2 out of 5 stars. Buried somewhere within “Pet Sematary,” there’s an interesting commentary on dealing with death and the fear of dying.  But the film, which is based on the classic Stephen King novel and was adapted once before for film in 1989, doesn’t begin to unleash its full potential until the last 25 […]

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Review: “Us”

4 OUT OF 5 STARS. In his first feature film “Get Out,” writer and director Jordan Peele explored the horrific relationship between white America and black America.  In his second feature, “Us,” Peele holds that mirror up to society as a whole, using more of a traditional horror film approach to show how we repress […]

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Review: “Halloween” (2018)

3 out of 5 stars. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” the slasher movie that reinvented the horror genre and made Michael Myers one of the scariest villains in film history.  It has also spawned a whopping seven sequels (not including a remake and a sequel to the […]

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Review: “A Quiet Place”

4 out of 5 stars. It’s a long, long time into “A Quiet Place” before there’s any spoken dialogue—or any long, prolonged noise, for that matter.  The horror film uses sound not just as a gimmick for its monster—which hunts its prey through sound—but to create tension, not just in terms of a family’s survival, […]

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Review: “Mother!”

3.5 out of 5 stars. You’d be hard-pressed to find a mainstream movie in theaters this year that is more insane than Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, or a movie that will make you feel more insane by the time the credits roll.  The psychological horror film (an unusually arty release to come from a mainstream studio), […]

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Review: “It” (2017)

4 out of 5 stars.   “It” opens with one of the most famous and controversial scenes from Stephen King’s novel.  Six-year-old Georgie Denbrough from the small town of Derry is chasing a paper boat in the rain, when it floats into a gutter.  As he goes to retrieve it, Georgie is confronted by a […]

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Review: “The Mummy” (2017)

2 out of 5 stars. Disney has the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Warner Brothers has DC.  And, not to be left behind, Universal Studios now has the Dark Universe, having announced remakes of many of the studio’s classic horror franchises, the plan being for them to take place in the same universe.  That new series is […]

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Review: “Get Out”

**Minor spoilers for “Get Out” are in this review, so please go see the film before reading!** 4.5 out of 5 stars. “Get Out” is a master class in horror filmmaking, made all the more impressive by the fact that it is the feature film directing and screenwriting debut of Jordan Peele, formerly one half […]

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