Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    MINOR SPOILERS, if you haven't seen this, it's best to go in with as little background as possible.

    It only stands to reason the greatest zombie film yet to come from Japan actually isn't a zombie film at all. Despite the marketing hook, it also sits well outside of the horror genre. Instead it's a transcendent celebration of the creative process that pulls a brilliant humanistic double duty.

    Director/screenwriter Shinichiro Ueda uses the production of a live zombie short done…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    WE aRe THe tHiNGs thAT wERe AnD Jayson can't look at Evil Dead II objectively at all.

    The film that blew wind into the sails of many a horror fan's maiden voyage or solidified lifelong love for the genre. I distinctly remember my first time. Back when Syfy was The Sci-fi Channel in 1995, and actually worth a damn, they used to do movie theme weeks. Maybe their most memorable was a zombie week dubbed Zombie-A-Go-Go hosted by Rob Zombie.…

Recent reviews

More
  • The Hillside Strangler

    The Hillside Strangler

    ★★

    Recounting a pair of real murderers in the late '70s, Kenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) and cousin Angelo Buono (Nicholas Turturro) cruise Los Angeles for female prey after falling into a cycle of perversion and failed escort coercion.

    Chuck Parello's third and most recent serial killer-themed film fails to nail the all-important casting of its leads. Howell and Turturro have zero lingering menace merely existing in their roles. Something Neil Giuntoli and Steve Railsback in the director's Henry: Portrait of…

  • Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy

    Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy

    ★½

    The brainiac among budding archeologists awakens a mummy to knife his classmates and rouse an Aztech god through a final human sacrifice.

    Frustratingly following the usual for David DeCoteau, this would-be slasher is more concerned with illuminating its attractive cast in equally attractive lighting than letting an effects team within spitting distance. So dry the mummy's bejeweled dagger doesn't get bloody despite repeated plunges into various chests. Off-screen kills result in a soaked shirt being the extent of the red…

Popular reviews

More
  • Jeepers Creepers

    Jeepers Creepers

    ★★★★

    Gotta hand it to the detestable supposed human behind this, he crafted one of the best contemporary horror films of the '00s with Jeepers Creepers. Justin Long and Gina Philips strike a sibling relationship with gentle barbs and genuine sense of caring that's rarely seen in the genre. The Creeper's unique mythos is well developed having a folksy bent that predates the recent trend in earthen-based horrors. Jonathan Breck plays up the character's toyful menace from seasonal generations of chasing…

  • Crocodile

    Crocodile

    ★½

    Local idiots bust up mysterious shoreline eggs leaving stereotypical Y2K twenty-somethings terrorized by a monster croc while working through the unbearable weight of being young and in love on a swamp getaway.

    Bland potboiler loafing around with characters you'd never even engage in casual conversation with and their relationships of no story bearing. Upon finally committing to the creature feature mold, hope sparked by KNB Effects in the opening credits is dashed by stiff jowls non-gorily clamping down in more…