With the highly anticipated The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance releasing on August 30th, I want to revisit the cult classic that is still equal parts beautiful and terrifying to this day. Jim Henson was an incredible genius who truly knew how to combine form with function to create a fantastical masterpiece!
A delightfully disturbing and thought-provoking “Carrie” meets “Misery” horror movie. Octavia Spencer delivers a terrifying performance; however, the movie is hampered by other one-dimensional characters. In short, the reason to watch this movie is for the outstanding performance by Spencer and the commentary on high school bullying and teen sexual assault.
Happy Halloween Michael! David Gordon Green’s Halloween truly is the sequel that we have been waiting for in the Halloween franchise. Green set out to direct a Halloween movie that he desired to work both as an homage to the original whilst crafting an original story that could do more than be a great horror film, but be a great film period. And suffice it to say, he delivered in spades (or knives, as it were haha).
Whimsical and terrifying. A departure for the maestro of gory horror movies, Eli Roth’s foray into children’s horror-lite cinema is a hit! Eli Roth’s expertise for visual storytelling makes every room just an interesting as the previous one. For a children’s gateway horror movie, it has some scares and twisted moments that are actually terrifying if you stop to think about it. Perhaps Roth does not bring his trademark torture porn and queasy horror to the screen in this children’s movie, but he does apply that same ability to scare us to the macabre puppets, man-eating topiaries, and demonic hand licking. That tongue was soooo Roth. Love it.
The original blockbuster! With The Meg opening soon, the next article in my Sinister Summer series is a retrospective on Jaws (1975). We still need a bigger boat. Beginning with the iconic minimalistic score by John Williams, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is still keeping people out of the water more than forty years later. Even if you trust the statistics that you are more likely to be injured or die in a car accident than be attacked by a shark, Jaws still leaves you wondering what may lurk in the depths of the ocean