I have to admit when I first read that Dick Grayson was giving up his costumed crime fighting as Nightwing to become a secret agent I was disappointed. The character has quickly become one of my favorites among the reboot of the DC Universe and there’s so much more that I felt could be done with him. Alas, I don’t run the comic book publisher and have no say in the decision. I’m simply along for the ride when it comes to new series Grayson, whether it is an agreeable or inadequate one.
Although I can’t remember a Chiller movie I couldn’t stand, their entertainment value and production qualities do vary. I always try to go into a film without any sort of pre-conceived notions, but let’s be honest. That’s nearly impossible to do once you’ve read any type of publicity material on a movie. I was carefully optimistic as I placed the Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of “The Monkey’s Paw” in my player and sat down to review it.
Much like the “Saw” films, it looks like Producer Jason Blum plans on making it an annual summer tradition to visually take part in “The Purge.” I’m sure many critics and audiences were surprised when the modestly budgeted $3 million horror flick made almost $90 million in its theatrical run. I found the first movie to be a thrilling study in one of the most frightening concepts a devious mind could come up with for a countrywide “holiday.” “The Purge: Anarchy” takes the concept to a whole other level.
“How would I react if I was put in that position?” Did you find yourself pondering the frightening idea when walking out of “The Purge: Anarchy?” Thousands of people found out as “The Purge: Breakout” experience rolled into Dallas, TX for a sold-out long weekend of shocks and terror.
I make it no secret to anyone that I love the movies of Takashi Shimizu. One of the most exciting moments of my career as a movie blogger was getting the opportunity to interview the talented Writer / Director / Producer. While many grew weary of “The Grudge” after so many spin-offs and sequels, I actually enjoyed and found most of them terrifyingly entertaining.
If it’s at all possible to perform an intimate set for 20,000 fans, KISS did it on July 13, 2014 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. As a longtime fan of the “Hottest Band in the World,” there was something unique about their set that night. Not that the band has ever shown anything different to their legion of fans, but there was an even higher level of sincerity in the voice of Paul Stanley as he addressed the audience.
I’ve had an obsession with “Planet of the Apes” since childhood. I remember one of the first novels I read in second grade was “Battle for the Planets of the Apes” by David Gerrold. I read it during Math class hidden behind my textbook. I hadn’t even seen any of the movies at that time, but was fascinated by the cover art of gorillas and chimpanzees storming forward bearing arms.
All eyes are on the Dark Knight in 2014 with the 75th Anniversary of Batman upon us. One way DC Comics is celebrating the milestone is through the release of “Batman - Detective Comics Volume 4: The Wrath.” Made up of issues 19 through 24 and Annual 2 of the monthly series, the book keeps the super hero investigating different crimes the way his creator Bob Kane originally envisioned him to.
Zach Gilford has come a long way in his eleven year career as a Hollywood actor. His first major role was in an episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Gilford’s next big break was a regular spot in the cast of the hit television show “Friday Night Lights.” The opportunities continued to roll in and he found himself side-by-side with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action hero’s return to filmmaking, “The Last Stand.”
Every month I grow more and more amazed at how many great slasher films I missed growing up. My constant reminder is Scream Factory as they continue to churn out one restored 1980s slasher film after the next. The latest pleasant surprise to get the high-definition treatment is 1983’s “The Final Terror.”