Try as you might to forget it, the past can be relentless. That’s particularly true if your past involves accidentally having an affair with the husband of a powerful voodoo priestess, as it does for Dani (Samantha Stewart), the unfortunate soul at the center of VooDoo. Sadly for her – and, as it turns out, viewers – that type of misdeed takes more than a train ticket west and a near-unimaginable month block of vacation time to escape.
There is one question that will haunt you long after the credits have rolled on the otherwise forgettable possession/slasher flick, The Devil’s Dolls. At one point, bad dad and iffy cop Matt (Christopher Wiehl) tells his young daughter Chloe (Kennedy Brice) he has a surprise for her in his car. Unbeknownst to him, she grabs a box of tiny cursed dolls that belonged to a recently-deceased serial killer, unleashing a blood-spattered nightmare on their small Mississippi town. Something like two acts later, when Matt finds out what she took, he acts all shocked about it.
There are a few inevitable truths of the aging process, one of which sits at the heart of the sci-fi snoozer Let’s Be Evil. No matter how “hip” or “with it” you consider yourself, as you get older you will become convinced kids and their new-fangled technology will be the death of us all. Hopefully the youth-driven apocalypse scenarios that dance around in your brain are more interesting than what this film ultimately delivers.
Every year the BGH crew selects their picks for best and worst horror films of that year. Stay tuned toward the end of the year for our infallible consensus for the best and worst of the year, compiled by our very own genre mega-scholar Jonathan Schnaars.
There’s nothing strange about how the title character of Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) makes his living: a short order cook at a diner. Of course, with a name like Odd, there was inevitably going to be more going on. It so happens that Odd moonlights as a kind of unofficial clairvoyant detective. He doesn’t merely see dead people; he’ll also jump in and throw fists with the mortals who did them wrong. Besides the ghosts, Odd also sees these monstrous harbingers of tragedy he calls bodachs and can occasionally see the future in his dreams. So, clearly the name fits.
To put it in the most genre-appropriate terms, Ghost Team is a supernaturally-unfunny horror comedy. It stars proven comedic talents like Justin Long, Amy Sedaris, and John Heder. Its plot centers on the inherently spoof-able phenomenon of the paranormal investigator as a reality television star. All that considered, you’d think Ghost Team would capture at least a handful of laughs during its 85 minutes, but no. There’s nary evidence of a chuckle or an extended smirk to be found.
You get to choose a lot in life, but missing from that list are things like family as well as with whom you face a zombie apocalypse, apparently. A seemingly-mismatched pair of thirty-somethings finds this out in the low-budget romantic-zombie-comedy Night of the Living Deb. After a mishap at the local water treatment plant turns their hometown into ground zero for an undead outbreak, they watch as their one night stand bleeds over into an awkward partnership for survival.
Haven’t seen the first American Poltergeist movie? Neither has anyone who made American Poltergeist 2. Fun fact: American Poltergeist 2 is two years older than the film it allegedly follows. In 2013 it was known as You Will Love Me, before adopting the title of The POLTERGEIST of Borley Forest in 2015 (that’s the DVD cover’s emphasis, not mine).
Most adults have probably had nightmares that play out like the plot of American Poltergeist. Not the “I’m in cahoots with a centuries-old demon” part, but the part where, as a grown up, you allow a group of college students to live with you in your house. Who hasn’t woken up in a cold sweat, furiously panting: “What have I done? They keep insane hours and don’t clean up after themselves!” Just me?
More than eight decades have passed since the lurching, scarred monster of 1931’s Frankenstein first terrorized the citizenry of a small, European hamlet. In that time, the events and characters it depicted have been borrowed and reimagined and parodied over and over again. Yet, despite the scope to which its component pieces have been embraced and assimilated by mainstream culture, the film hasn’t relinquished its incredible power to disturb and affect.
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