There’s two ways you can react to a new version of “Rosemary’s Baby.” The first one is to completely write it off and make the assumption that no one could do a better job of adapting Ira Levin’s bestseller than Roma Polanski did in 1968. The other reaction is to take it as a new vision of the book that isn’t trying to be a remake of the first movie and enjoy or hate it for what it is according to its own merits.
Two worlds collide again in DC Comics’ event graphic novel “Forever Evil.” The book collects all seven action-packed issues of the limited series. Although many might say they’ve tread familiar ground before through Grant Morrison’s “JLA: Earth 2,” there’s a lot of intrigue and excitement to take in here.
Just in time to get geared up for the Halloween season, Disney brings Pixar’s “Toy Story of Terror” to Blu-ray and DVD. Loaded with all sorts of horror genre references, it’s a must-see for any fright fans with kiddos too small to enjoy scarier fare during the holiday. I actually enjoyed this 22-minute short more than I did any of the actual movies.
As a Christian who is involved in reviewing movies and interviewing actors and filmmakers, I’m always excited to hear about actors who share my faith. Although most critics pan any sort of Bible-based movie, I give them a chance if they fall within certain genres. I’m always on the search for a good faith-oriented horror or sci-fi film that will break down the barrier between “secular” and Christian cinema.
Everyone’s favorite canine mystery solver returns for his 22nd direct-to-video adventure with “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy.” You’d think he and the Mystery Incorporated Gang would be ready to retire after such a long and satisfying career. However, they continue to make their way around the world in their trusty Mystery Machine seeking out one crime caper after the next.
“Oculus” is one of those rare supernatural horror films that take a little time to set in. If you don’t give it some reflection (believe it or not, pun unintentional) after your initial viewing, you might walk away disappointed or shrugging it off. It’s the type of film that demands you watch it multiple times to take it all in and fully enjoy all its chills and excitements.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been dropping catalog titles on Blu-ray for a while now. Once every few months we’ll get a higher end title like “The Little Mermaid” or the upcoming “Sleeping Beauty” that gets their own time in the limelight. In between those, they’ve been delivering smaller films and collections in groups of four or five at a time. This time around they’ve mixed it up a little by giving us two newer top-shelf releases with three timeless tales.
It’s amazing how what appears on the surface to be another creature feature dressed up as a teen slasher film can have so much to say and deliver a morality fable for a modern age. Much like the fairy tales of centuries past, 1988’s “Pumpkinhead” not only aimed to please horror junkies but teach them something along the way. At the heart of all the gore and scares are a few different messages like, “Be careful what you ask for,” “Be sure your sins will find you out,” and “The price of revenge is your soul.” Scream Factory gives a new generation the opportunity to learn these lessons while being frightened out of their minds with their Blu-ray release of “Pumpkinhead” Collector’s Edition.
If there’s one thing that can be said about “The Quiet Ones,” it’s that the movie is definitely an extension of Hammer’s classic films of the 1960s. Not content to just throw out some monster scares, they delve into the Satanic cult themes of classics like “The Devil Rides Out,” “To the Devil a Daughter,” and “The Satanic Rites of Dracula.” Although not perfect by any means and a bit confusing in plot if you’re not paying close enough attention, the famous production company delivers a creepy new entry to add to their rich cinematic history.
When people think of alien movies from the 1980s, a few come to mind right away. I can only imagine one of those is “Predator.” Tons of sequels and Arnold Schwarzenegger forever cemented the hunting space creatures in the brains of sci-fi fans worldwide. Unfortunately, “Without Warning” is probably not found on many of those lists. The movie featured a traveler from another world bent on collecting human trophies and preceded John McTiernan’s blockbuster by seven years.