afabry has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Cry of the Hunted

    Cry of the Hunted

    ★★½

    Swamp noir that should be more interesting. There’s a fugitive on the loose, alligators, a useless sheriff, some kind of swamp witch, quicksand, and the leads have more than just a little homoerotism going on. It all feels really low energy though. Typical “I caught this on TCM” type flick

  • Demons

    Demons

    ★★½

    Is it entertaining? Yes. Does a helicopter suddenly drop through the ceiling while a near shirtless man rides a motorcycle, killing demons/zombies with a katana? Very much yes. Does it make any sense? No. Probably plays better at midnight.

    I do like the fact that the film plays out what moral panic folx thought would happen if the youths were exposed to too much violence, drugs, and heavy metal (and apparently Rick Springfield). Really illustrates that absurdity.

  • Snakes on a Plane

    Snakes on a Plane

    ★★½

    Well, it delivers on its ambitions. I'm a little surprised this isn't a bigger midnight movie by now.

  • You'll Find Out

    You'll Find Out

    ★★½

    Fairly by-the-numbers Old Dark House/Murder the Heir flick, but with Kay Kyser- who I guess is what you would get if Benny Goodman was also a vaudevillian game show host. This had been on my radar because Lorre, Karloff, and Lugosi are in it together. Enjoyable, if dated and silly.

  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    ★★½

    My wife reads the books and what I've read of Patrick Ness I have enjoyed. Having not read the books, I found this to be pretty by-the-numbers as far as YA dystopia is concerned. My wife was pretty disappointment.

  • Zap!

    Zap!

    ★★½

    It's enjoyable, but doesn't quite gel. Despite being just inder 6 minutes.

  • Friday

    Friday

    ★★½

    It's possible I let the cult following of this hype it up too much. Good example of mid-90s stoner humor, that hasn't aged particularly well.

  • The Night Porter

    The Night Porter

    ★★½

    Well, this didn’t age super well. In a lot of ways it feels like a “cinema” take on a grindhouse idea. I can see why Criterion picked it up. It’s well shot and well acted, but somehow that just illuminates the flaws more. I almost wonder if it were trashier, would it be a better film.

  • The Thirteenth Chair

    The Thirteenth Chair

    Margaret Wycherly and Bela Lugosi help this a lot. This was Tod Browning's first sound gig and you can tell he wasn't confident with it. Some (such as myself) would argue he still hadn't figured it out yet with Dracula. More interesting as a blurb you'd read about in a film guide than as something to actually watch I'm sad to say.