Fantasy Island: This Fantasy Should Have Stayed on the Small Screen

For the last decade, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have dominated horror. Like Universal Studios and Hammer Films before it, Blumhouse movies have defined the genre. But when you pump out movies at the rate Blumhouse does, you’re bound to get the odd misfire. Sooner or later, Get Out and Happy Death Day begets […]

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Deep Blue Sea 2: Something Fishy Off the Starboard Bow

If you were a certain age in the 1990’s, you remember Deep Blue Sea. Released in the summer of 1999, the Renny Harlin-directed shark thriller was a modest box office hit earning just over $73 million on a $60 million budget. Its premise of genetic experiments creating intelligent killer sharks made for delightfully silly B-movie […]

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Straw Dogs: You Can’t Teach a Remake New Tricks

Amidst the wave of remakes in the 2000’s, Hollywood occasionally ventured outside horror. Spike Lee re-visited controversial Korean revenge-thriller Old Boy in 2013. And Martin Scorsese himself re-worked Hong Kong pot-boiler Infernal Affairs into his 2006 crime thriller, The Departed. Yet one of the more ambitious remakes in recent memory was Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. […]

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The House on Haunted Hill: Dare To Spend An Evening With This Remake?

Legendary director and producer William Castle was the master of gimmicks. Most of his work was cheesy, low budget B-films. But Castle filmed and marketed his productions with a childlike enthusiasm. As a result, Castle’s movies have retained much of their charms in spite of the passing years. One of Castle’s best movies was The […]

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