MAGNUM FORCE (1973)

There’s something different in the air and there’s something different about MAGNUM FORCE in that it kind of serves as a light reprimand of DIRTY HARRY. This 1973 sequel is directed by Ted Post and features a lot of the same bits and pieces from Don Siegel’s original, which makes sense because it features aContinue reading “MAGNUM FORCE (1973)”

DIRTY HARRY (1971)

The world is a stupid place. It’s easy to go through life with a permanent grimace, the sort of glower that makes you down a hot dog before casually strolling across the road to foil a robbery. DIRTY HARRY embodies that cynical yet cavalier spirit and is one of the most influential cop movies ofContinue reading “DIRTY HARRY (1971)”

JACK FROST (1997)

Straight from the Snowmonton comes JACK FROST, a tasty slasher with some serious comic heft. This 1997 is the stuff of legend, predictably loathed by those who watch movies with their arms crossed and enjoyed by those with a thing for unconventional, on-the-carrot-nose winter horror.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)

While Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” for some, it’s a nightmare for others. This year, the holidays will definitely boast a unique set of challenges. Things may not take the turn found in Christmas slashers like SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot of people won’t struggleContinue reading “SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)”

CHOPPING MALL (1986)

Robots terrify a shopping centre in CHOPPING MALL, what could best be described now as a sort of historical horror. This 1986 movie is directed by Jim Wynorski, who began his career flunking out of film school and working for Roger Corman. CHOPPING MALL is his second picture, with Corman’s wife Julie serving as producer.

BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1991)

From HOME ALONE to CHILDREN OF THE CORN, movies about dreadful youngsters aren’t exactly novel. But in the case of the 1981 horror BLOODY BIRTHDAY, the kids are not alright. This Ed Hunt film features just about the most brazenly homicidal killers in memory, producing a concoction so vile it’s as delightful as poisoned icing.

DEADLY MANOR (1990)

As one of the last films by Spanish exploitation director Jose Ramon Larraz, DEADLY MANOR is not without charm. The 1990 horror is familiar in setup, but overachieves in terms of atmosphere and characters. The screenplay by Larraz, Larry Ganem and Brian Smedley-Aston makes great use of the titular Hillburn Manor, a century-old mansion slippedContinue reading “DEADLY MANOR (1990)”

HELL NIGHT (1981)

Without question, HELL NIGHT is a formula movie. That’s not always a bad thing, as plenty of other horror flicks have achieved an awful lot out of formula. But in the case of Tom DeSimone’s picture, it’s hard to say anything impactful happens until it’s too late. The method is kind of all there is,Continue reading “HELL NIGHT (1981)”

THE PREY (1983)

Directed by Edwin Brown and based on a screenplay by Brown and his wife Summer, THE PREY is a compelling entry in the slasher genre. It is unique for its nearly languid feel, a sensibility which might frustrate some. Indeed, the central conceit of the characters being “prey” in the most natural sense of theContinue reading “THE PREY (1983)”