Zak

A sucker for genre trash.

Watchlist is comprised of movies I own, but still have never seen.

#horror

Favorite films

  • Chimpanzee
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Mighty Joe Young

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  • Mr. Sardonicus

    ★★★½

  • The Old Dark House

    ★★

  • Eyes of Laura Mars

    ★★★

  • Starcrash

    ★½

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  • Mr. Sardonicus

    Mr. Sardonicus

    ★★★½

    This is a fun little morality play about not robbing graves (note: if I die with a lotto ticket in my pocket, my kids are 100% allowed to rob my grave) nestled in a much larger framing device. There's not much to this story, but Castle wrings what he can out of various torture scenes and fun make-up effects.
    The Punishment Poll is a brilliantly silly device though. The movie ends abruptly, with the protagonist leaving town and living happily…

  • The Old Dark House

    The Old Dark House

    ★★

    Kind of doofy, to be honest. The tone of the original James Whale film is really perfect. It's a creepy movie overall, but all the characters are inherently funny. This, meanwhile, is a straight-up comedy but none of the characters are particularly likable and interesting. An American (Tom Poston) just kind of bumbles around a house as maybe the heir of a fortune while people are maybe being murdered one-by-one and then he maybe tries to marry his cousin. I…

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  • The Family Stone

    The Family Stone

    ★★

    Every character in this movie is insufferable in a way that's nearly impossible to empathize with. It's wild. Our window into this dysfunctional family is a painfully awkward and self-centered girlfriend interloper played by Sarah Jessica Parker, yet the family is so aggressively hateful to her that we start to find ourselves in her corner... until she proves to suck even worse than we thought possible? Nothing makes sense.
    When she first meets her soon-to-be in-laws, she's painfully timid; with…

  • Calvary

    Calvary

    ★★★★

    “God is great. The limits of his mercy have not been set.”

    This is as quirky as it is meditative, which is a strange tone to attempt to capture. The good news is that it succeeds. John Michael McDonagh has a thoughtful way of getting his characters to express the pensive melancholy that permeates the entire film. And luckily, Brendan Gleeson takes the reins of this in front of the camera and steers that tone remarkably with the performance of…