#31in31 2016: Poltergeist (1982)

poltergeist-1982-poster“Mommy, there’s somebody here … Mommy, somebody’s coming.”

Story: Lovely house, honey.  Ain’t the company I work for great, building these gorgeous subdivisions?  Oh, and I’m sure that graveyard we relocated in order to build these houses will have no impact whatsoever with our comfort…hey, where’d Carol Ann go?

Scares: Quite a lot.  And they’re quite effective.

Splat factor: There’s blood, when folks get tossed around.  And, of course, that infamous “mirror scene”, which is just as sick, twisted and amazing as it was in ’82. Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: McAvoy and Taylor-Joy face off in “Switch”

split-poster“He’s done awful things to people, and he’ll do awful things to you.”

Ever since I read Sybil (based on the controversial diagnosis of Shirley Ardell Mason), I’ve been fascinated by “Multiple Personality Disorder” (now called Disassociative Identity Disorder.)  While it’s heartbreaking to think of the extremes someone must have gone through to have their personality shatter like that, it does make for fascinating reading/watching.  (#Protip: the autobiography of Trudi Chase, When Rabbit Howls, is also must-read.)

So it’s no wonder that M. Night Shyamalan picked up on this diagnosis, and wove it into his newest film, Split.  Snopsis!

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

McAvoy is riveting in this trailer, and I can’t wait to see how he really digs in, especially with Buckey’s psychiatrist.  (Seriously; who doesn’t love Betty Buckley?)  Plus, I’m glad to see more of Morgan‘s Taylor-Joy.

Split hits theaters January 20th.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: Trolls!

trolls posterGetting ready for Halloween?  Well, so am I.  And so’s the great Pass Overseer In The Sky, because I’ve got passes for the Baltimore area screening of Trolls!  Synopsis!

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ TROLLS.  This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

Ready?  Let’s go…

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#31in31 2016: Theater of Blood

theatre-of-blood-1973“They’re not going to start killing people for writing bad notices, are they?”

Story: A respected Shakespearean actor commits suicide after failing to receive a coveted award.  But then the critics that lambasted him begin dying in Shakespearean style.  Maybe I should start blowing smoke up everyone’s ass…

Scares: More campy than scary, though a few of the deaths are satisfyingly gruesome.

Splat factor: While there are gruesome deaths, it’s more the intimation of the thing than the actual view.  Think clever blocking and lots of blood effects, instead of in-your-face grue. Continue reading

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#31in31 2016: Southbound

southbound_poster“We’re all on that same endless highway, the one with no name and no exits…”

Story: A lonely stretch of dusty highway is the stage for four tales of guilt and punishment. Vengeance demons in the rearview are closer than they appear.

Scares: Several nice shocks, and a chilling vibe throughout.

Splat factor: Lots of blood, and a few instances of body horror.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope. Continue reading

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: Inferno!

inferno-posterHappy Monday!  Why happy?  Because I’ve got passes for the Columbia, MD screening of Inferno!  That’s right; Tom Hanks – Mr. 9 Time Host of SNL – is bringing another Dan Brown joint to theaters.  And this one looks like a doozy.  Synopsis!

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself.  When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories.  Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.

Ooh – have YOU had your flu shot yet?  Maybe better get on that… Continue reading

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#31in31 2016: Camp Death

camp-death-poster“Realism? Fuck realism!”

Story: A film crew tries to make a slasher film, but didn’t expect a real killer to crash the joint. Ooh – so scary!

Scares: Zero. Lame concept, lame acting, lame blocking. Angles that leave the action off camera.

Splat factor: Zero. Death scenes shift to red filter, or just go full black screen. Even when you can see something, everything is out of focus anyway. It’s hard to tell what the hell is going on. Continue reading

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