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Wednesday, 08 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Prom Night (2008) This “Prom Night,” released theatrically earlier this year, is not a remake of the 1980 “Prom Night,” one of a handful of slasher movies that made Jamie Lee Curtis a star.  Don’t, however, assume that this means the “Prom Night” at hand is an original film; it’s as original as a smudged carbon copy of the rough outline of most slasher movies.  It’s a competently made but utterly routine thriller of no distinction.  It’s harmless enough—it’s remarkably low on violence and gore, even in this unrated version—and watchable from beginning to end, but it there’s nothing distinctive about this; it’s just another slice of Hollywood lunch meat.  The packagers of this Blu-ray release have crammed the disc with numerous extras, but it’s not likely there’s anyone out there who’s going to care about this movie one way or the other ...
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
30 Days of Night Tough, unflinching and fast-paced, “30 Days of Night” is one of the best vampire movies in years.  It’s also somewhat revisionist, as these vampires are especially bestial and lack all magical powers except speed and agility, though sunlight is still fatal to them.  And that’s behind the premise: it takes place in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point of North America, well above the Arctic Circle.  So once every year, just as the title says, there’s entire month during which the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon: 30 days of night.  A pack of vampires, led by Marlow (Danny Huston), recently learned this and arrive in Barrow at the onset of a month-long night.  It’s a clever idea, the basis of the three-part graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith on which the movie is based.  Of course, there are ...
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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Hostel Three college students, Paxton (Jay Hernandez), Josh (Derek Richardson), and wild Icelander, Oli (Eythor Gujonsson), are in Amsterdam on a winter holiday of debauchery and frenzied female fornication. Paxton and Oli are into fully into it, but Josh is somewhat ill at ease. After a wild night at a local brothel, the three find themselves locked out of their local hostel because of the curfew but are let in through the fire escape by Alex (Lubomir Silhavecky), who tells them about a hostel in Slovakia that is frequented by bevies of gorgeous young women who are crazy about Americans. Seduced by the story, Josh, Oli, and Paxton jump on the nearest train. Arriving in Slovakia, the three find that the local town is a bit isolated and backward, but the hostel is everything they could want. The three are forced to ...
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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Hostel: Part II Shortly after the events depicted in “Hostel,” Paxton (Jay Hernandez, reprising his role) is deeply disturbed by the events he witnessed in Slovakia and is plagued by nightmares. At his girlfriend’s grandmother’s house, he attempts to escape from visions that haunt him, but he’s not as safe, nor as physically isolated as he believes… Later, on spring break in Italy, art students Beth (Lauren German), Whitney (Bijou Phillips), and the virginal Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) are on a train when they are accosted by three aggressive Italian thugs. The three girls bump into Axelle (Vera Jordanva), an artist’s model, who appeared in their class that morning, and tell her about their unnerving experience and that they are anxious to get away. Axelle tells them about a place in Slovakia with legendary, relaxing hot springs, so they all change trains and head there. ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Shining, The When Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel “The Shining” was released in 1980, viewers and critics were somewhat perplexed—though this was standard for almost all Kubrick movies from “Lolita” onward. Certainly King himself was miffed by the movie, which took liberties with his novel. No matter how justifiable were these changes (such as substituting a hedge maze for the novel’s impossible-to-do-with-1980-effects topiary animals), King remained disappointed, even annoyed, with Kubrick’s movie. In 1997, a TV miniseries remake was broadcast. It was a respectable production, but it wasn’t the classic that Kubrick’s movie is not generally acknowledged to be. The story has become familiar: writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is hired to be the winter caretaker of a Rocky Mountain hotel, The Overlook; it’s very isolated in an area unsuited to winter sports. (King based the Overlook on the ...
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