If you were to close your eyes and listen to dialogue alone, you’d swear you were hearing a half-speed rehearsal read-through where no one knew the camera was rolling.
Fraught with overwhelming fear from its opening moments, “Green Room” puts a knot in the pit of the stomach that is impossible to untie.
... a well-meaning documentary whose good intentions of exploring a seldom-seen corner of “Star Wars” lore are outmatched by anecdotal dialogue that is just not that interesting.
Once “Beacon Point” calms down on contrivances, it leaves dull exposition delivery behind by settling into an engaging storyline with a confident slow-burn stride.
“The Funhouse Massacre” is what an indie horror film looks like when the lion’s share of a low budget goes to notable names while the rest of the production starves on table scraps.
Much of its tension doesn’t coalesce into the sweaty, suspenseful, ticking timebomb atmosphere it needs to nail to be a nuanced nailbiter.
“Don’t Hang Up” steps up to the plate in a plain pinstripe uniform, sizes up a straightforward swing, and then smashes a screaming shot of suspense right over the wall.
Fans of Lucio Fulci, direct-to-video midnight movies, or terror touchstones striking fond fright film memories, “Beyond the Gates” is made with precisely you in mind.
With more subtlety than slapstick, clever characters ably acted by a carefully tuned cast pepper personality into even the drabbest of moments.
Alec Baldwin is the main attraction in “Andron,” if only to wonder how a star of his stature ended up in a choppily-edited production of such low-budget caliber.