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Originally posted at The Alternative Chronicle I love haunted house and ghost stories. Even though I don’t believe in them, ghosts are pretty much the only thing that can scare me these days (that and heights… and misandrists). I enjoy being scared but good ghost stories are few and far between. So when a great … More Double Take – The Haunting (1963 vs. 1999)
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001) This flick mimics Ed Wood’s cinematic ineptness faithfully. The actors are wooden and deliver stilted dialogue as if they’ve just heard the English language for the first time, the cinematography is framed awkwardly and sometimes out of focus, and the story completely ludicrous. The gag does tend to get … More Cinema Digest 2013 – Week 30
Welcome to the first edition of Double Take. In this feature, I’ll be comparing a film and its remake: looking at the films’ similarities and differences, and what the remake does right or wrong. Is the remake worth your time, or are you better off sticking with the original? Read on and find out. This … More Double Take – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 vs. 2003)
There are some directors who seem to implicitly understand and are able to pull off a certain kind of film with ease. Martin Scorsese, for instance, has a firm grasp on the gangster film and has made more than a few classics in the genre. Alfred Hitchcock was so good at making thrillers, he created … More Review – The Conjuring
Remember when huge summer blockbusters didn’t have to be dark, complex, and cynical? Remember having heroes who acted decently and courageously without having any niggling doubts or being driven by revenge? Remember stories populated with fun, colorful characters who could have whole movies unto themselves? Remember movies that didn’t have to be based on a … More Review – Pacific Rim