Category Archives: Horror

More thoughts on Under The Skin

I'm going to guess all you keeners out there who are into quality science fiction and fantasy will have sought out your local cinema showing Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin.  And I figure since it's opened in Halifax, it's pretty much playing everywhere. Here are a few of my random musings/observations on the film since…Read More

Under The Skin review

Directed by Jonathan Glazer, written by Glazer and Walter Campbell, from a novel by Michel Faber. Imagine Scarlett Johansson dropped in the middle of busy Glasgow, Scotland. She's known all over the world for her role in those Marvel Studios superhero movies, so she has an unlikely, de-glammed brunette coiffure to provide just a dash…Read More

Only Lovers Left Alive review

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch Ah, the welcome return of the godfather of American indie film. It's a real delight to see something new from Jarmusch.  For those who don't know his stuff, he's best known for languid, atmospheric features low on plot but high on characters skirting the margins of society. His films include Stranger Than…Read More

Alien series review (on Blu-Ray)

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott Written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett Alien has been around so long it's kind of hard to imagine the world without those cute lil' exomorphs that kinda look like stainless steel dildos with teeth. When I was a kid I remember the excitement around the 1979 film—people saying…Read More

Carrie (1976 and 2013) review

1976Directed by Brian DePalmaAdapted by Lawrence D. Cohen from the Stephen King novel2013Directed by Kimberly PierceAdapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from the Cohen script and the King novelI went through my Stephen King phase as a teenager, reading most of his early novels and short stories. I wish I better remembered Carrie, the novel. But preparing…Read More

The Conjuring review

Directed by James WanWritten by Chad Hayes and Carey HayesWell, wasn't that terrifying. Excellent...? Well, not quite. But effective? Yes, right on the money.It's based on the purportedly true story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) and the most challenging case of their career, a rural Rhode Island haunting…Read More

American Mary review

Written and Directed by Jen and Sylvia SoskaSo great to see a homegrown horror with some new ideas. And especially good to see Ginger Snaps' Katherine Isabelle again on the big screen.The new ideas in the Soska twins' film are front-loaded. We start with Mary, a medical student who seems to really know her stuff,…Read More

Stoker review

Directed by Park Chan-WookWritten by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida WilsonA little like if Dark Shadows was played totally straight, Stoker is a concoction both fluffy and gothic, a self-conscious Hitchcock pastiche that dances on the edge of camp before eventually becoming the thing it pretends to be. Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy and Thirst are the Korean director's films I've…Read More