3 items from 2015
By Lee Pfeiffer
Director Joe Dante is revered by his fans not only as a filmmaker but also because of his genuine passion for classic and cult cinema. Dante, like so many other filmmakers and actors who became successes, was a protégé of Roger Corman, starting out as an editor. Before long, he had progressed to directing and had a hit with his 1978 horror flick "Piranha". His deft ability to make audiences cringe as well as laugh became his trademark. More successful films followed including a segment of the "Twilight Zone" feature film, his werewolf classic "The Howling", "Gremlins", which is considered a classic by the generation who saw it as children, "Innerspace", "Amazon Women on the Moon", "The 'Burbs", "Matinee" and "Small Soldiers". In recent years, Dante has been busy operating his extremely popular web site Trailers From Hell, which showcases original movie trailers from decades ago, complete with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Joe Dante has always been a filmmaker that I've deeply admired and I feel that a good amount of his work doesn't get discussed nearly enough. I completely get this talented filmmaker's attraction to the EC Comics-style concept in Burying the Ex, but Alan Trezza's script is too lazy and uninspired for this movie to be anywhere close to a comeback for Joe Dante.
Obviously made under time constraints and budget limitations, with the proper nourishment and a proper rewrite from Dante himself, I could easily see Burying the Ex in theory being a project that could compliment Dante's sensibilities. His trademark influences of Mel Blanc-inspired frenetic humor and the dark surrealistic atmosphere absorbed from monster movie matinees would have been the perfect marriage for this movie's living dead love triangle concept. All Joe Dante needed was a solid script, because everybody knows there is only so much »
- Sean McClannahan
Scream Factory has done an excellent job putting fan favorites and long lost films out, in awesome looking Blurays that are typically filled to the brim with special features. They’ve also done quite the job putting out original films, films that made their debut on the Chiller network, but are now being released by Sf and with good reason. For the most part, the original films have been pretty entertaining, from The Monkey’S Paw and The Squad, to the subject of this review, the Brett Simmons-helmed creature feature, Animal. Taking what could have very easily been yet another horror film about youngsters getting picked off one by one by a silly looking monster, Animal gives you people who are instantly relatable and worth caring about before giving you one gut punch after another.
Following a group of youngsters taking a trip for fun, Animal wastes no time »
- Jerry Smith
3 items from 2015
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