Favorite films

  • Son of Frankenstein
  • The Curse of the Cat People
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Prince of Darkness

Recent activity

  • Sh! The Octopus

  • From Beyond

  • The Old Dark House

  • Hocus Pocus


Pinned reviews

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II


    Haddonfield's (and heartland America's?) dark night of the soul. If the original Halloween is carefree late afternoon and early evening trick or treating, then this is an after-midnight, witching hour reckoning.

    Halloween is getting ready for the annual dance and working up the courage to ask a boy out; Halloween II is your crush melting away, a fiery husk crumbling into the flaming wreckage of a car accident.

    Halloween is candy and jack-o-lanterns; Halloween II is razor blades in apples.…

  • Blood Rage

    Blood Rage


    My favorite movies are the ones where you're pretty sure everyone involved needs therapy of some kind.

Recent reviews

  • Hocus Pocus

    Hocus Pocus


    Pretty sure I hadn't sat down to watch this since the 90s (and I wasn't exactly the target audience then, having already inappropriately graduated to slasher movies and R-rated horror), but I have to say I totally get how this one became a staple of my generation. There's some legitimately great craftsmanship in the production design, too, which captures the kind of Americana Halloween I never got to actually experience as a kid. It creates an idyllic All Hallows Even landscape that I would totally love to be transported to, and, well, isn't that the kind of magic we often want from movies?

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    "Between the script’s investment in this human dimension and Hall’s well-drawn performance, THE NIGHT HOUSE terrifies not only with conventional scares but also with its stark portrayal of mourning. Beth’s quest becomes a desperate, existential quest to fill a void she never imagined could have existed; the spirits she disturbs along the way fill them in a way she once refused to imagine. THE NIGHT HOUSE is a reckoning involving an unconventional crisis of faith: what happens when a non-believer must confront the grim truth of what lurks in the hereafter?"


Popular reviews

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives


    Sean Cunningham and Steve Miner set the mold, Joseph Zito refined it, and Danny Steinmann unhinged it. And then Tom McLoughlin came along and reshaped it, nudging a few holes and wrinkles into it with Jason Lives, the first of the series to show some self-awareness. It's not a glib, above-it-all self-awareness, though, and that makes all the difference. Sometimes I think McLoughlin really "got" this series better than anyone, and it's a shame this was his only outing. I think he would have especially delivered a killer Freddy vs Jason had they actually produced it in the 80s.

  • Saw III

    Saw III


    Not the best Saw (that honor belongs to the original), but this one weaves such a big, twisted web that really captures the essence of this franchise. Between the flashbacks and the dueling games, it's a lot to take in, but it all coalesces with the franchise's best climax. If they had never made another one after this one, I think the Saw trilogy would be absolutely revered.

    (Not that I'm mad that they kept going, though. I just found out they're already developing Saw 10 and I couldn't help but smile.)