Doctor Sleep review “Stephen King is as Stephen King does”

Doctor Sleep posterBook adaptations, who knows how they’ll turn out? My two favorite film series, James Bond and Harry Potter, are both based off of film series, but one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, After, was also based on a book, in the loosest sense of the word. These extend to one of the most prolific authors in recent memory, Stephen King. Currently, he has forty-eight films, twenty five television shows and miniseries, and sixteen others I’ll put under “Miscellaneous”, and they range from amazing (Shawshank Redemption, Misery), to terrible (The Mangler, Cujo) which really made me worried about the latest film to be based off of a Stephen King story, Doctor Sleep.

While it is directed by Mike Flannagan, the director of Gerald’s Game, which is one of the most terrifying Stephen King films in recent memory. The movie had an amazing trailer, was directed by someone with talent, has a pretty good cast featuring Rebecca Ferguson, and is based off of an amazing boo- OH GOD IT’S THE SNOWMAN ALL OVER AGAIN. While I can’t say that Doctor Sleep is a bad movie, I don’t think it’s close to the best Stephen King adaptation. Not to sleep on the matter any further, let’s get into Doctor Sleep. Continue reading

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

Retro review – The Shining: Stanley Kubrick’s almost masterpiece

The Shining movie posterIn the words of Stanley Kubrick himself, it’s easy to make a good film, difficult to make a great one, and it takes a miracle to make a masterpiece. For many, The Shining (1980) sits firmly in that third group, a true masterpiece both of the horror genre and cinema at large.

You can imagine my excitement then, when I heard that my local Cineworld were hosting a limited screening of the remastered director’s cut of the film. Having been thoroughly terrified by The Shining during my first viewing well over 10 years ago, and with the upcoming release of its sequel Doctor Sleep only days away, I relished the chance to recapture the terror of the Overlook Hotel in remastered 4k. Continue reading

The Most Underrated Horror Films of the 2010s

Underrated horror moviesAh, October. For department stores it means it’s time to put up Christmas decorations, for kids it means it’s the one time they can ask people for candy without repercussions, and for cinephiles, it means it’s time to start watching horror films. Every year, we get horror films that get put on pedestals.

Some of those films deserve them like Get Out or Hereditary, while others do not such as It: Chapter 2 or mother! However, what about the films that should be on a pedestal, but aren’t. I’m not talking about the films that are loved by a wide majority of people have seen and enjoyed like Cabin in the Woods or Overlord. I’m talking about the movies that even most film majors I know haven’t seen and always say “Oh, I really want to see that!” These are the films that I really want to talk about today, so without any more delay, here are the horror films I believe to be the most underrated of the decade.  Continue reading

IT: Chapter Two review “Good job I wore the brown pants”

IT: Chapter Two posterPart of this post is sponsored by 4DX Cinemas. With poignancy and heart on its side, 2017’s IT managed to avoid its occasional flaws to become an unnerving addition to the horror genre. While the film could never be classed as outright terrifying, the character of Pennywise, portrayed exceptionally by Bill Skarsgard, is an unsettling antagonist and one of the best in film.

Two years later, the town of Derry is back on the big screen in Andy Muschietti’s epic conclusion. But at nearly 3 hours long, is IT: Chapter Two just a bloated mess, or does it float to new heights? Continue reading