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Dagon Review

Stuart Gordon has been the go-to Lovecraft director since he blew minds with his classic Re-Animator in 1985. He returned to the weird world of one of horror’s most famous authors with Dagon, a loose adaptation of the stories Dagon and The Shadow over Innsmouth. The result is something akin to a waking nightmare.

Profoundly unpleasant. That seems as good a way to describe Landmine Goes Click to your average moviegoer. It might also be the nicest way to describe a film that seems to portray a vehement hatred for the female gender- but we'll get to that. Director Levan Bakhia knows precisely what buttons to push when it comes to flooding his frames with angst and tension, but his crosshairs are singularly focused to the point he's missing important targets just outside his field of vision. The result? Missed opportunity. 

I’ll be the first to admit, my expectations were a might too high for Jeepers Creepers 2. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the first one until a recent rewatch when I reviewed it for the site. The first one has it all, killer practical effects, plenty of residual star power, and a pretty creepy monster to boot (no pun intended). When the first movie ends, There is really no reason to create a sequel.

The Djinn in Wishmaster 3

Don’t let the evocative title fool you, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell doesn’t offer a visual trip to the furthest reaches of the netherworld. While the first two films in the series transported audiences to colorful locations like ancient Persia and modern Las Vegas, the third chapter has simpler aspirations. So prepare for a trip to “generic movie college,” where the parties never end, boundaries between students and teachers don’t exist, and a centuries-old demon who grants wishes with sinister twists has set up shop.

Lyle

The pivotal moment early in Lyle--a child’s death--is seen over a Skype call. Importantly, neither participant is paying close attention to the girl, but more than that, we in the audience are. In a film that very deliberately and heavily borrows from Rosemary’s Baby, this is a swift and pointed dismissal of ambiguity. It happened, it was recorded, and the is-she or isn’t-she “crazy pregnant mother” didn’t even see it.

Spend any time at all researching online the recent work of Dario Argento and you are likely to find a slew of inquiries. Has he lost his touch? Are we ever going to get another great film? These questions may seem valid at first glance. However, if we dig a bit deeper; if we remove our rose colored glasses we may see not a fall from grace but instead simply more of what we’ve always gotten.

The horror anthology has made a roaring comeback since the likes of V/H/S, V/H/S/2, The ABCs of Death and so on. Yet, as quickly as they've risen to power so too has the market been flooded with mediocre to average flops- I'm looking at you, Tales of Halloween. While Michael Dougherty continues making a career of full-length holiday themed tales of horror a new batch of eclectic directors have been hand picked to deliver shocks set to all of the most notable marks on the calendar in, Holidays

Welcome to the modern era, an era where there are enough horror series to make a top 20 so rest assured there is a good chance one of your favorites may have been left off. Don't take it personally, there's just an insane amount of horror television in the modern day, and there are no signs of it slowing down in the years to come.

 

Andrew Divoff as the djinn in Wishmaster 2

When we last left The Djinn (the delightful Andrew Divoff), he was hanging out in a sapphire which itself was inside a statue, biding his time until he could resume his quest for world domination. In Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, he gets his chance when a trio of art thieves shows up and – during a shootout with security – accidentally release him. Spoiler alert, our trio is quickly whittled down to a solo act, leaving gothy Morgana (Holly Fields) as The Djinn’s target.

In 2011, one man had a dream. His name was Jesse T. Cook and his dream was to merge the worlds of monster movies and professional wrestling. The result of that ridiculous dream is Monster Brawl, an hour and twenty nine minutes of vignettes, Dave Foley drinking out of a flask (I’m not sure that was part of the character) and mediocre wrestling moves.

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