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Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: Dreamcatcher function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore, Donnie Wahlberg release year: 2003 film rating: Two Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas Lawrence Kasdan is an experienced writer and director who has had his hand in some of the best films made in the past 25 years, such as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Big Chill,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and many others. Unfortunately with the arts, whether filmic, musical or whatever, even talented people can go astray. While there are some individually good things in “Dreamcatcher,” based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, taken as a whole, it ends up being a confusing, silly, trite and overly disgusting function in how to take a great trailer and turn it into something really bad. What starts out as a creepy kind of psychics-adrift-in-the-cold-wilderness sort of thing turns into a let’s-blow-up-some-aliens exercise. Adding to the ...
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Innocent Blood function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Anne Parillaud, Robert Loggia, Anthony LaPaglia, Don Rickles release year: 1992 film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Director John Landis changed a lot of rules for the horror genre with his 1981 feature ‘An American Werewolf in London.’ It was finally possible for characters to acknowledge familiarity with horror movies and demonstrate a sense of humor toward their bizarre predicaments without sending up the whole situation. Landis moves from werewolves to vampires with ‘Innocent Blood.’ Scripted by Michael Wolk, ‘Blood’ isn’t quite as overt about bending boundaries as ‘Werewolf,’ but gets its licks in nonetheless, able to be simultaneously funny and creepy -- and occasionally quite sexy as well.
Tuesday, 27 April 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Dracula's Daughter/Son of Dracula function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: Both Unrated starring: Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Marguerite Churchill, Irving Pichel, Edward Van Sloan, Gilbert Emery, Hedda Hopper, Halliwell Hobbes, Billy Bevan Lon Chaney, Jr., Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Samuel S. Hinds release year: 1936 / 1943 film rating: Three stars / Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Another of the bundle of double-feature DVDs of Universal horror movies, "Dracula's Daughter"/"Son of Dracula" is arguably the best package of the group. Both films are worth seeing, with "Son of Dracula" a standout, with an unusually strong story, plentiful effects, a fast pace and a surprisingly bleak ending. It's easily one of the best Universal horror movies of the 1940s; it's edged out by "The Wolf Man" and (if you count it as a horror movie) "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."
Tuesday, 30 March 2004 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, R. Lee Ermey release year: 2003 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas Tobe Hooper shocked audiences and created a cult classic in 1974 with “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” one of many movies, including “Psycho” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” that took inspiration from the killings in Plainfield, Wisconsin, committed by Ed Gein. Now, producer Michael Bay and veteran commercial director Marcus Nispel revisit the original subject matter with this successful new version. Many of the story elements are the same as in the original film, though there are changes, some good and some that are simply missed. Either way, this is one of the better remakes in this era of remakes.
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: House Of The Dead function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Artisan Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso, Clint Howard, Ona Grauer, Ellie Cornell, Jurgen Prochnow release year: 2003 film rating: Two Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “House of the Dead” is a movie that benefits from its DVD release because, to be blunt, the supplemental materials are better done and more entertaining than the actual feature. “House” is based on a Sega “first person shooter” video arcade game, in which the player is responsible for blowing away masses of rotting zombies. The game, in turn, obviously owes a creative debt to George Romero’s “Living Dead” horror films (which get their due mention in “House,” to say nothing of its supplements). Dave Parker and executive producer Mark Altman, working from a story by Altman and Dan Bates, have written a screenplay that actually shows a fair amount of imagination in creating a back story explaining the gruesome situation.
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