Session 9, One of the Best Horror Films You’ve Probably Never Seen

Session 9 centers around a group of asbestos abatement professionals looking to make a hefty bonus on a bid if they can complete a monster job in a week.  The job?  Get the notorious Massachusetts Danvers State Hospital clean and ready for renovation. The team is a group comprised of old friends Gordon, Phil and Mike (Peter Mullan, DavidContinue reading “Session 9, One of the Best Horror Films You’ve Probably Never Seen”

Shock Waves – Nazi Zombies, 70s Hotties, & Peter Cushing

It’s the 70s, baby.  Six strangers on a reef diving adventure are about to get more than they paid for when their boat’s engine starts acting up and they run into the remains of a gnarly shipwreck.  Forced to disembark their water-filled boat, the group heads for a nearby island for help.  Their presence awakensContinue reading “Shock Waves – Nazi Zombies, 70s Hotties, & Peter Cushing”

Remember Why You Love Vampires with Let the Right One In

Twelve year old Oskar is a mess.  Bullied at school and coming to terms with the separation of his parents, Oskar is at a crossroads.  He can either lay down and take what the world seems intent on feeding him or he can stand up for himself.  With the arrival of a mysterious young girl,Continue reading “Remember Why You Love Vampires with Let the Right One In”

They’re Still Here, Poltergeist 30 Years On

When a malevolent force decides to claim their young daughter, pulling her into another dimension, everything the Freeling family knows about life, death, and the energies lingering between is forever changed. Starring JoBeth Williams as Diane, Craig T. Nelson as Steven, Heather O’Rourke or Carol Anne, Dominique Dunne as Dana, Oliver Robins as Robbie, Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh, and the indelible Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina, Poltergeist is directed by Tobe Hooper based onContinue reading “They’re Still Here, Poltergeist 30 Years On”

Remake Madness – Why Carrie Is Still Relevant

It’s 1976.  Two years after Stephen King has published his first novel, Carrie, it’s being adapted to film.  Though it may be difficult to now imagine, King was struggling to make ends meet.  Working as an English professor, the $2,500 he was paid for the film rights to the novel must have been a Godsend.Continue reading “Remake Madness – Why Carrie Is Still Relevant”

The Amityville Horror – Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story

“I just wish that … all those people hadn’t died here.  I mean … ugh!  A guy kills his whole family.  Doesn’t that bother you?” “Well, sure, but … houses don’t have memories.” The Amityville Horror (1979) caused quite a stir at the box office in the US the year it was released.  People flocked toContinue reading “The Amityville Horror – Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story”

30+ Years On, Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece The Shining Still Mesmerizes

Struggling to turn his life around in the wake of alcoholism and the abuse of his child, writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) agrees to take a 5 month long off-season caretaker position at The Overlook Hotel.  Completely isolated and left to his own devices, Jack’s young son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), begins seeing things thanks to aContinue reading “30+ Years On, Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece The Shining Still Mesmerizes”

Descend Into the Pits of Hell on Jacob’s Ladder

Struggling to come to terms in the wake of his child’s death, a veteran of the Vietnam war finds himself in the middle of a series of inexplicable events.  Plagued by chronic injuries sustained in the war, Jacob Singer begins to confuse reality with dreams and nightmares.  He hallucinates.  He can’t sleep.  His health, what’sContinue reading “Descend Into the Pits of Hell on Jacob’s Ladder”

Paint It Black with Kevin Bacon in Stir of Echoes

“You’re awake now, Daddy.” Tom and Maggie have just finished moving their growing family into a new house in a working class Chicago neighborhood.  Musician-turned-telephone lineman, Tom, asks his sister-in-law Lisa to hypnotize him at a block party.  A little drunk and more than a little puffed up, Tom thinks nothing will happen.  After all,Continue reading “Paint It Black with Kevin Bacon in Stir of Echoes”

The Anticipatory Dread Effect of Paranormal Activity

When my nephews first approached me a few years ago after having first seen Paranormal Activity, they were literally terrified of the subject matter.  Not the film, per se, but the idea that someone (or some thing) might be watching them when they sleep.  The fear is not without grounds, although, as far as I canContinue reading “The Anticipatory Dread Effect of Paranormal Activity”