“A Field in England” involves five men engaging in dream fantasies inspired by the consumption of hallucinogenic mushrooms and I suspect that full appreciation of what Ben Wheatley means to accomplish might require an audience to do the same.
Since its debut at Sundance in 2013, “In Fear” has garnered poster-worthy praise like “chilling,” “instant classic,” and “one of the best horror movies of the year.” ... My one-word sound bite to describe “In Fear?” Annoying.
What sets “The Den” apart from the derivative glut of “found footage” horror movies is that “The Den” understands how to make the format an organic character of its own, rather than a cheap medium to record a story that could have been told any other way.
After seeing former president Teddy Roosevelt with buffed-up Popeye arms firing a laser cannon at mechanical Martian invaders, it becomes apparent that “War of the Worlds: Goliath” has enough fun ideas at its heart to overlook those concerns about its shortcomings.
“Cabin Fever” reflects equal tweaks of spoof, homage, retro style, and wink-wink cleverness for a tone that is gruesome above all else, but relieved with enough quick pinpricks of humor to make for a mood of not-so-serious horror entertainment.
... if you can look past tearing seams in the visual effects and an occasionally spotty structure, a solid story and a splendid cast make “Sparks” a surprisingly entertaining superhero alternative to summertime Cineplex fare.
It makes sense that Cristian Toledo and Lucio A. Rojas are the writers, directors, and producers of “Zombie Dawn” because it is difficult to imagine them being able to get anyone other than themselves interested in their project.
“Holy Ghost People” appears to position itself as a psychological thriller in the vein on “Martha Marcy Mae Marlene” when it is really a character study about purposeless people struggling to change that descriptive adjective.
After viewing “Not Quite Hollywood,” genre film fans walk away with newfound understanding of and appreciation for an overlooked era of movie culture, but perhaps more importantly, a slew of suggestions sure to influence Netflix queues for many, many weeks to come.
Writer/director Christopher MacBride’s thriller may use the “found footage” template as a launch pad, but his subject matter is a far different cry from the usual trappings of an exorcism or a haunted asylum.