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Tuesday, 05 August 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition) 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: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis release year: 1978 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “Halloween” has so thoroughly achieved classic stature since its 1978 debut – in a discussion of the horror slasher subgenre, people practically genuflect – that it’s in the curious position of being misremembered. Everybody is so familiar with what followed in “Halloween’s” wake that a lot of people are actually a bit hazy on the original film.
Friday, 28 March 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Ghost Ship 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: Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington, Gabriel Byrne release year: 2002 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein As leading lady Julianna Margulies cheerfully puts it in the making-of featurette in the supplemental features, “Ghost Ship” is something like a combination of “The Shining” and “Dead Calm” (though it rather strongly favors the former). The movie’s tendency to spell things out (taken to further extremes by the “Secrets of the Antonia Graza” special feature, discussed in more detail later) will strike some viewers as endearing and others as absurd, and still others as both. In any event, it has a moderately original mythology that is always welcome in a genre that tends to rely on tradition, especially in big-budget outings. It also has a satisfying answer to the question of why the characters don’t just leave once they detect malevolent poltergeists – they are on the ...
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Halloween: Resurrection 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: Dimension Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jamie Lee Curtis release year: 2002 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein While this may come as news to people who hate slasher films on principle, all knife-wielding boogeyman movies are not created equal. As in any genre, there are great ones, terrible ones, and ones that fall somewhere in between. “Halloween: Resurrection” isn’t exactly terrible – it’s too proficient for that – but this eighth installment in the “Halloween” series is neither good nor original. To be specific, it doesn’t look good compared to its immediate predecessor, “Halloween H2O.”
Tuesday, 08 October 2002 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Fear In The Night 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: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Judy Geeson, Joan Collins, Ralph Bates, Peter Cushing release year: 1972 film rating: Two stars sound/video rating: Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren When thrillers became popular again in the early 1960s, Hammer Films leaped onto the bandwagon, filming one Jimmy Sangster thriller script after another. He didn't use the more likely "Psycho" as a model, but rather Clouzot's "Diabolique." For Hammer, he wrote "Scream of Fear" (1961), "Paranoiac," "Maniac" (both 1963), "Nightmare" (1964) and "Hysteria" (1965). "Fear in the Night" is based on a script Sangster wrote during the same period, which was revised by his acquaintance Michael Syson. Sangster still gets credit, and he directed the film as well.
Tuesday, 08 October 2002 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: To The Devil...A Daughter 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: Anchor Bay MPAA rating: R starring: Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Denholm Elliott, Michael Goodliffe, Nastassja Kinski, Anthony Valentine release year: 1976 film rating: Three stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren The distinction of "To the Devil a Daughter," part of Anchor Bay's admirable Hammer Collection series, is that it is the very last Hammer horror film. The pioneering British company simply ceased making such films at this point (1976), and petered out to where it had a legal existance only. It would be grand and appropriate if this movie were one of the best Hammers, but despite good production design (Don Picton) and nearly epic photography (David Watkin), an interesting cast and a higher budget, thanks to it being a coprodocution with a German studio, the climax of the film is so mishandled that Hammer Horror ends with a whimper and not the desired bang.
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