October 21, 2018
“Tell me, do you believe in magic?”
— Sharon Tate, giving the creepiest delivery of this line in history.
Hammer Studios turned out a few predecessor films before making The Wicker Man, which has an understanding of its premise the earlier versions do not, and a willingness to push its implications. Hammer wasn;t alone; Filmways Productions and MGM released Eye of the Devil in 1966, an occult thriller which has more than a little in common with The Wicker Man. It’s not the best of the genre, but it gives us David Niven in an atypical role, Donald Pleasance in one of his first horror appearances, and Sharon Tate in her debut.
October 20, 2018
While I spend this weekend at Portland Retro Gaming Expo, here at Bureau42, we’re tuning in to the Frequency of Fear as our October Countdown of Halloween Horrors continues…
October 20, 2018
October 19, 2018
If you’re not into the Halloween Reviews, consider this Science-Fact drama, currently playing in first release.
October 16, 2018
Jodie Whittaker is the Doctor, with three new companions, and one less TARDIS.
October 15, 2018
While I am still waiting for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina joins us on the 26th, but there is a lot to watch in the build up, including the entire third season of Daredevil, and new show Titans that I missed letting you know about last week. Supergirl and Arrow return as well, as Kara takes her turn as a mild manner reporter, and Oliver is the new black as Arrow starts out in prison. The Flash spends some quality time with his adult daughter, and Jefferson leaves his principal job on Black Lightning. Titans adds two more “heroes” to the four they introduced in their pilot last week.
In other universes, The X-Millenials try to get some more allies as the aforementioned Devil of Hell’s Kitchen returns to after having gone missing. Riverdale begins setting up new storylines with their second episode instead of their first for this season.
[All synopses (and titles) from Trakt.tv below the cut. (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]
October 14, 2018
Once again, the big doorcrasher is a Disney product unavailable for Amazon preoder: Ant-Man and the Wasp drops on October 16. The other notable titles are library titles, including a number of Clint Eastwood films.
October 14, 2018
Our next entry in this year’s countdown of horrors old and new, famous and forgotten, is 2018’s most discussed tale of terror. Films like It and Halloween have something of the funhouse about them. We watch, in part, and often more than once, for the thrills. That may explain why, despite widespread critical acclaim and an eventual strong box office, Hereditary received an initially dismal response from audiences. Hereditary isn’t the funhouse kind of horror movie. Although it has frights, it’s more disturbing and distressing than scary. The opening doesn’t feel like a horror movie. The first act, in fact, subjects the audience to one of the most uncomfortable and traumatizing family dramas in years.
But, love it or hate it, Hereditary is difficult to forget.
October 13, 2018
Sony/Columbia have had a hit-and-miss record with superheroes, and they’re receiving both positive and negative responses to Venom, s movie based on the Spider-man comic, but minus the webslinger himself.
The man in the symbiote suit is the protagonist here.
Here’s the place to discuss the movie.