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31 Days of Hell: The Power of Suggestion: Cure (1997)

Posted By themoviesleuth 19 hours ago on Entertainment - "The Japanese say you have three faces. The first face you show to the world. The second face, you show to your friends and family. The third face you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are."Cure (1997) is one of those rare films that truly gets under the viewer's skin. It operates on two distinct levels--on the surface it's a police procedural film with psychological horror trappings, but as the narrative slowly peels back that first layer it morphs into a commentary on the ills of society as a whole, in particular the ennui that is threatening to envelop us all.The film is concerned with a rash of mysterious murders that have been taking place in Tokyo. Each crime has a different individual accountable for the murder but they seem to

31 Days of Hell – We Make Our Own Monsters: George A. Romero’s Very Human Vampire, Martin

Posted By themoviesleuth 1 day 19 hours ago on Entertainment - (Note – this article is more of a deep analysis than a typical review, and thus contains some minor thematic spoilers)George A. Romero will forever be immortalized in film history and beloved by fans for the groundbreaking way that he combined sharp social commentary with boundary-pushing extreme horror in his Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead trilogy, and for how he revitalized the horror-anthology storytelling format with Creepshow and Tales from the Darkside.  But when asked in interviews to name his personal favorite from his body of work, his answer was not any of the above classics, but his comparatively more obscure 1978 horror/drama/thriller, Martin. A most unusual take on the concept of vampirism which can also be read as a non-supernatural tale of mental illness inherited through

31 Days Of Hell: Werewolves on Wheels (1971) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 2 days ago on Entertainment - Werewolves on Wheels. The name alone sounds like the title of a long lost Halloween story written by Dr. Seuss. In reality, it is a story about a biker gang who offends the Church of Satan, and are cursed by the Prince of Darkness as a result. It may sound ridiculous, but from the outside it's actually pretty awesome considering its originality. Released in 1971, this film lives up its low budget namesake, but it only takes a minute to realize something doesn't add up. This film is shot and pieced together with a continuity reserved for more regarded films. Opening with a long montage of motorcycles driving through the country, it's apparent the editing and cinematography are above average for such a caliber of film. Cinematographer Isidore Mankosky only had a few credits to his name at t

31 Days of Hell: Séance (2000) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 3 days ago on Entertainment - By the time Japanese surrealist and horror filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 film Pulse reached the United States, he was already coined ‘the Godfather of J-horror’.  Minimalist, elliptical and methodically paced with an uncanny ability to present modern day Tokyo, Japan as a rusty derelict in decay and ruin, the prolific young auteur not to be confused with relation to the world-renowned Akira Kurosawa rapidly carved out his niche in a territory overrun with new young horror directors such as Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto and Takashi Shimizu.  As with the aforementioned three filmmakers and germane to the Japanese film industry, Kiyoshi Kurosawa didn’t limit himself to primarily directing theatrical feature films, leaving ample room to dabble in and out of V-Cinema and televi

News: John Carpenter Teases A They Live Sequel

Posted By themoviesleuth 4 days ago on Entertainment - The ret-conned Halloween sequel that's released tomorrow night is going to be a major success for Blumhouse and will definitely spawn further sequels in the long running franchise. Now, with a guaranteed continuation of his horror legacy, it looks like John Carpenter may have his mind on further expanding the world of They Live. When speaking with Den of Geek, the iconic director and prolific musician revealed that a sequel was in the works with Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves but was ultimately scrapped. However, he thinks that the movie might still be a possibility as he's looking at directing another motion picture himself:“There was a feature film. It was a feature film called Resistance, written by, oh, the guy who did the ‘Apes’ movies. Matt Reeves. But then he moved

Cinematic Releases: Halloween (2018) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 5 days ago on Entertainment - The original Halloween is an undisputed classic that remains one of the most lucrative independent films ever made. But I don't think anyone will argue that every sequel that followed seemed hellbent on sodomizing this timeless legacy for the sake of quick cash. As a result, this is a franchise that has no fewer than three timelines: First, you have the Thorn timeline, which includes Parts 1 and 2, disregards the unrelated Season of the Witch, and picks up with Parts 4 through 6 (known as the Thorn Trilogy). Second, you have the Laurie-centric timeline, which contains the first two films, Halloween: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection. Now, with this recalibration of the series, we just have the original Halloween, and this new one... which also happens to be called Halloween.

Review – Doctor Who: Series 11, Episode 2: The Ghost Monument

Posted By themoviesleuth 6 days ago on Entertainment - With a modern variation on the classic regeneration story now behind her, and with a trio of new companions in tow, Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor hits the ground running in her first post-regenerative adventure. To a large degree The Ghost Monument, written by new showrunner Chris Chibnall, is the first time we really get to see what this new era of the show has to offer in full force, outside the context of a special event episode. We get the Thirteenth Doctor's first alien planet, the first look at her revamped TARDIS, and the reveal of her new opening credits sequence and theme music. The balance revealed by all of the above factors is excellent: a very effective and enjoyable mix of old and new, as Chibnall clearly draws from various eras of the show's past, but also rejuvenates

News: Universal Soldier To Be Re-Imagined

Posted By themoviesleuth 7 days ago on Entertainment - From back when action stars were still a household name and every couple months saw a new kick ass movie hit the cineplexes, Universal Soldier was a hybrid that starred two of the bigger genre stars of the time. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren went head to head in what remains one of the better sci-fi action mix-ups of the '90s. Now it looks to be getting what is not being called a reboot but an actual re-imagining. Where the original movie was centered on two main characters, this new one is said to be about one primary soldier. The Equalizer writer Richard Wenk is hard at work drafting a script that will finally get Universal Soldier back in theaters with a fresh new take on the property. "Iwill say that I’m just finishing up a re-imagining — let’s be clear about this it’s

31 Days of Hell: Mr. Boogedy/Bride of Boogedy (1986-1987) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 8 days ago on Entertainment - Around 1954, the animation studio mogul Walt Disney in an effort to raise money for the impending development and opening of his original theme parks across the country such as Disneyland, set his sights on opening a series of programs for television broadcast.  After landing a deal with the ABC network, Walt Disney’s Disneyland was born with shows like Davy Crockett capturing national attention as well as securing the financing and promotion of his long gestating Disneyland theme park.  Between the inception of Walt Disney’s Disneyland, the television program changed names from Walt Disney Presents to Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color as well as hands from ABC to NBC and continued on well past Mr. Disney’s death in 1966 before becoming The Wonderful World of Disney. 

News: Iron Fist Cancelled By Netflix

Posted By themoviesleuth 9 days ago on Entertainment - With season two of Iron Fist barely behind us, Netflix and Disney have decided to cancel one of their streaming Marvel shows. The show has officially been pulled and there will not be a third season despite the better quality of the second year. They've issued a joint statement regarding the streaming program:"Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners . We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on."The news breaks just a week before the third season

31 Days of Hell: The Uninvited (1944) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 10 days ago on Entertainment - There is an element of tragedy inherent in all ghost stories. Most of them feature a specter who suffered an unhappy life before dying angry. Their backstory is usually used as an excuse for creepy sounds in the night, jump scares and gore. The 1944 black and white haunted house drama The Uninvited takes its ghost very seriously. It creates a mood of sadness and fear as its characters try to untangle the mysteries of the present by uncovering the secrets of the past. Since it was made during the heyday of the Hollywood Production Code, there is no blood, making the threat mostly of the psychological variety. Yet it is one of the best ghost stories of all-time thanks to a skillful balancing of tones and a focus on character as opposed to theatrics.The movie is about a brother and sister, v

Cinematic Releases: The Hate U Give (2018) Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 11 days ago on Entertainment - The modern civil rights movement, police brutality and the continued racism that divides this country comes directly to the forefront in the stunning new motion picture, The Hate U Give. Capturing the tale of a black life that's taken by an overzealous police officer on one fateful night, this story is an emotionally charged chronicle of a teenage girl that's stuck between her own culture and the altered personality that's forced on her by friends, family, and most of those around her. When it all comes to a vibrant head, anyone watching this movie would be inhuman to not feel the range of emotions that are emitted on screen. I thought this was that dreaded Heathers remake. But no. Each character has something to say. And each one offers differing viewpoints

31 Days of Hell: The Sleepaway Camp Trilogy (1983-1989) - Reviewed

Posted By themoviesleuth 12 days ago on Entertainment - My indoctrination into the horror genre happened at a very early age. My mom likes to talk about me watching Poltergeist when I was around four or five years old; I kept jumping up and hiding behind the couch, but every time she asked if I wanted her to turn it off, if it was too scary for me, I adamantly said NO. In third grade, I made a best friend whose parents were just as loosey-goosey with her entertainment choices as mine were, and she opened up my entire world. By the end of my ninth year on this planet, I'd seen every Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween film that had been released and the It mini-series was my favorite movie EVER. None of those films ever scared me, no nightmares, no leaving the light on at bedtime; I thought I was untouchable. Then my friend

31 Days of Hell: H.P. Lovecraft's The Resurrected (1991)

Posted By themoviesleuth 13 days ago on Entertainment - Amid all the B-grade Re-Animator-cash-in Lovecraft movies that were flooding the straight-to-video horror market at the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s, Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrectedwas a breath of fresh air. It is a totally serious adaptation of the novella “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” and it is faithful not just in story, but in tone and technique: it really does capture that sense of the Lovecraftian. The key to the film's success is that O'Bannon does not approach the material like a typical horror movie at all: The Resurrectedis a mystery with supernatural and occult undertones, which only gradually becomes a horror film towards the last act. Until that point, it really is exactly what the title of the novella implies: the case of Charles Dexter Ward, a detective's inv