Has anyone even heard of Shudder? Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t. The Horror focussed streaming service launched in 2015 and, until now, has enjoyed a rather low profile. Amongst a sea of streaming competitors, the decision to pitch themselves as a one genre pony appears, on the surface, to be a bit of a tactical misfire, but there’s just something about horror that sets it apart from other genres isn’t there?
Where other genres are watched by almost anyone and everyone, horror seems to have its own unique fanbase. I, myself, sit in the intersection of that particular Venn diagram; I consider myself both a general film fan as well as a horror fanatic. So, I guess you could say, I’m the perfect target audience for Shudder.
The Universal Monster films are the original MCU. With their interconnectivity and recurring characters, these serialized adventures were our first look at franchises which could crossover. One of the characters who received multiple films is The Invisible Man. At time of writing, I’ve only seen the first two Invisible Man films, the first of which is an extremely goofy romp that’s enjoyable to watch.
The second is a boring mess that spoils nearly all of the goodwill the first one had. Nevertheless, for the start of the Dark Universe, we were told that it would include an Invisible Man film starring Johnny Depp. Luckily, because that sounds awful, the Dark Universe’s triumphant first firing of the Dark Universe Cannon ended up being The Mummy (2017), which ended up tipping the cannon over right into the offices at Universal Studios and blowing a hole through the office. Continue reading →
Book 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 →
Some 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 →
In 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 →