Going back and visiting "Book of Shadows" for the first time is something that I've wanted to do for a while. When films are hyped up as much as this one was I tend to stay away, and I've found that it's much easier to gain a level headed understanding of these films years later than upon their original release. My only question after watching it is, why does this movie get hated on so much?

For anyone who was sitting down in a theater in 1985 expecting to see the rebirth of Jason Voorhees, what they got with "A New Beginning" was understandably disappointing. Simply stated, it's not Jason doing the killings.

As movie reviewers, we always want to believe that we know something other people don't. We want to believe that we will understand something about a film that is lost on the general public, and therefore unlock the hidden mystery behind their derision for it. It's a pretentious thought for sure, but you would be hard pressed to find a reviewer who will not admit to having it on occasion.

If you thought after "Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Urban Legend" that the slasher film couldn't get any more self aware, than you probably haven't seen "Behind the Mask: Rise of Leslie Vernon." If that's the case, I would recommend you go pick it up right now.

Eli Roth made one thing clear over and over while out promoting "Hostel 2", this will not be a rehash of the original "Hostel." In many ways, the man is absolutely right. As a sequel "Hostel: Part II" aims for something a little higher than the original. Surprisingly, it succeeds at many things... if perhaps not all.

WOW... what the hell did I just watch? I ventured into Zombi 3 knowing full well how "bad" it's purported to be. I knew about the directorial problems, bad acting, plot inconsistencies and everything else. But dear horror fan, nothing... and I mean NOTHING could have possibly prepared me for the movie that I just saw. In fact, as the minutes tick by it's becoming harder and harder for me to fathom that what I just saw was real.

As a writer/director, Wes Craven has certainly been a hit or miss kind of guy. When he's hitting the mark he's creating genre defining moments like those found in "A Nightmare on Elm St" or "Scream". When he's missing, he's churning out utter shit like "The People Under the Stairs", or even worse, "The Hills Have Eyes Part II". It's this dichotomy that makes Craven such an enigma in the horror genre. Fortunately for me, when I sat down tonight to watch "The Serpent and the Rainbow", I was not disappointed.

When it was released in 2003, "The Toolbox Murders" was hailed as a return to form for Tobe Hooper, the sometimes genius, sometimes not-so genius director behind "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." After blowing the film off for a few years I finally gave it a spin tonight, and after reviewing all of the evidence I must say that I have to concur.

The only thing more shocking to me after having just watched "Cannibal Holocaust" than the images contained within has got to be how damn good the movie actually is, even almost 30 years after it's original release. Ruggero Deodato, the man responsible for this film, has refused to state that he was actually trying to make some type of social commentary when he directed it back in 1979. I find this fact incredibly puzzling, mainly because I picked up an undeniably strong social message without having any prior awareness that there was one.

After finally getting a chance to sit down and check out Eduardo Sanchez's "Altered," I have to say I'm more than a little shocked that I didn't heart more about it in the horror community upon it's release. The co-creator of the Blair Witch Project went way out on a limb here and from what I just saw, succeeded with almost everything he was trying to do.