Franchise Reviews: Tentpole Horror Edition

Horror movie franchise reviewsSome horror franchises are consistent, always making good movies and making me delighted to see the next installment of the franchise. Now that I’m done talking about the Scream films, horror franchises suck!

You can usually depend on one, arguably two decent films, but after that it’s just straight down hill. I figured since it is still the month of things that go bump in the night and the movies we make about them, I’d talk about some of the Tentpole Horror Franchises, and my thoughts on them as a whole. There’s a lot to get through let’s get to reviewing the biggest horror franchises ever. Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2019: Voting Now Open

Movie Metropolis Alternative OscarsNote: voting is now closed for this year. Voting for the 2020 Alternative Oscars will open in January 2020. Be sure to check out the winners of this year’s awards.

Our voting form is now open!

It’s that time of year again, folks. The 2019 Alternative Oscars from Movie Metropolis are now open. Last year we had nearly 1,000 votes and we’re hoping to make this year even better, with your help of course.

Towards the end of this article you will notice a link that will allow you to complete the survey and submit your response for the best blockbusters of last year. From Mary Poppins Returns to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War to Halloween, they are all looking for your to back them in this year’s Alternative Oscars. Continue reading

Halloween (2018) review “A true successor to the original”

Halloween movie posterHalloween 1978 and little-known director John Carpenter terrifies thousands of impressionable horror fans with the introduction of ‘The Shape’. Jamie Lee Curtis becomes the new ‘scream queen’ and all is well in the world of the slasher genre.

Fast-forward to 2009 and Rob Zombie directs the sequel to his reasonably successful remake of Halloween, but it was poorly received by critics and audiences alike. Why? Well Zombie’s grungy, rock-anthem vibe didn’t really sit too well with Michael Myers and the result was a distasteful and messy outing that set the franchise back nearly 10 years.

Of course, in between 1978 and 2009, the series was ripped apart, put back together again until it was a shadow of its former self. Anyone remember Busta Rhymes doing a vague impression of a karate master in Halloween: Resurrection?  Best forget about that. Continue reading

Halloween Movie Pumpkin Ideas

Trick or Treat bannerHalloween is less than 24 hours away. The night of trick or treaters and mischief is one making waves over here in the UK with kids and adults alike enjoying the colourful decorations and bucketloads of sweets.

Of course, the tradition of disembowling a pumpkin and slapping a ‘scary’ face on the front of it is one you’ll either love or loathe. The tough orange vegetable (or should that be fruit) can be an absolute nightmare to carve.

This got me thinking, what would I like to see on my pumpkin this year? With that in mind, I’ve come up with some fabulous movie-themed pumpkin ideas for a truly cinema-tastic Halloween. Continue reading

Halloween Movies: Top 5

Halloween series film postersIt’s that time of year again when ghosts and ghouls come out of the shadows and terrorise your local neighbourhood – or that just have been me last night at a friend’s Halloween party.

The annual event that is slowly becoming as popular here in the UK as it is in the US brings out the creative in us as well as terrifying.

To celebrate one of my favourite holidays of the year, I’m taking a look back through the franchise that epitomises the night of terror, Halloween. The series has long been my favourite in the genre, even making it into my top 10 influential films. But which five films in this long running franchise are worth a watch? Read on to find out. Continue reading