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Film Review: ‘Truth or Dare’

Film Review: ‘Truth or Dare’
Some horror films deal in torture, some are torture to sit through, and some, like “Truth or Dare,” take off from a premise that is, in a word, tortured. In this decidedly inferior Blumhouse production, a clique of college kids head down to Mexico for spring break. After a week of partying, they’re lured to a crumbling, out-of-the-way church mission, where they’re goaded into playing a midnight game of truth or dare. There are a few weird tensions and omens, but only after they get back do they realize what’s happened: They’ve been followed home by a deadly version of the game. They’re being haunted by the demon spirit of truth or dare. If your reaction to this revelation falls somewhere between “Oh, wow!” and “Huh?,” you’ll be right in sync with audiences for “Truth or Dare,” which is a frantic muddle of a who-will-be-the-next-to-die?
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The Maze (3-D)

It’s a promising project for Allied Artists: William Cameron Menzies does a spooky horror movie in 3-D! Something creepy’s going on in a mysterious Scottish castle, something to do with problems in the lineage to a Barony. It’s also a 3-c epic: Candles, Cobwebs and Corridors. Add a frightened, shivering heroine in a nightgown and the horror recipe is complete. It’s another restoration treat from the 3-D Film Archive.

The Maze

3-D Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1953 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 80 min. / Street Date April 24, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Richard Carlson. Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate, John Dodsworth, Hillary Brooke, Stanley Fraser, Lillian Bond, Owen McGiveney, Robin Hughes.

Cinematography: Harry Neumann

Film Editor: John Fuller

Original Music: Marlin Skiles

Written by Daniel B. Ullman, from a novel by Maurice Sandoz

Produced by Richard V. Heermance, Walter Mirisch

Production Design and Directed by William Cameron
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“The Thing” remains one of the all-time best meeting points of Science Fiction and Horror

In John Carpenter’s “The Thing”, the cold is not only a force of nature, it’s a grotesque animal in and of itself. Adapted and updated from the 1950’s Science Fiction classic “The Thing from Another World,” Carpenter’s retelling not only remains more faithful to the story’s literary origins (“Who Goes There” by John W. Campbell), but constructs a terrifying master class in paranoia and human nature. Part “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” part fucked up Agatha Christie hybrid, “The Thing” sets its action in the blistering cold of the Antarctic and not-so-subtly against the back drop of the actual Cold War. Set on an American Research Station in the Antarctic in 1982, “The Thing” takes a fairly rote Science Fiction concept and invigorates it with...

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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×07: The Father Thing’ Review

Being a child sucks, especially during puberty. To face the possible divorce of your parents too is something that just makes matters worse, but what if on top of that aliens are replacing people, including your father? That is the subject of this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

When Charlie Cotrell (Jack Gore) witnesses his father (Greg Kinnear) being taken over by an alien, he decides to protect his mother and the world from the alien invasion. With more and more of the people around him becoming aliens too though, how long before they take over him too?

On face level The Father Thing is a version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but based in a kid’s world. People who are fans of the Faculty will feel right at home with this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, sometimes a little too much.
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Annihilation or Enlightenment? A Film Review

*it would be best to see the film first, before reading this review. Director: Alex Garland. Writers: Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer. Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tess Thompson and Gina Rodriguez. Annihilation is a fantastic science fiction film. Developed from Jeff VanderMeer's first novel in a trilogy, the story for Annihilation was developed after one of VanderMeer's hikes. The film asks some of the deeper questions of existence: what does it mean to be human? And, is there something else out there? Viewers will have to come up with their own answers. But, VanderMeer's writings would steer you towards a higher power and not away. This is difficult material to dissect in a film review. So, it would be simpler to compare Annihilation to other films in the sci-fi genre, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Event Horizon (1997), before delving into the film's
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Charley Varrick (Region B)

It’s the loose-censored early 1970s, and screen bandits shootin’ up the American movie landscape are no longer suffering the once-mandated automatic moral retribution. Walter Matthau launched himself into the genre with this excellent Don Siegel on-the-run epic, about an old-fashioned independent bandit who accidentally rips off the mob for a million. It’s great, wicked fun.

Charley Varrick

Region B Blu-ray

Indicator

1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Charley Varrick the Last of the Independents; Kill Charley Varrick / Street Date January 22, 2018 / available from Powerhouse Films UK / £14.99

Starring: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Andrew Robinson, John Vernon, Felicia Farr, Sheree North, Jacqueline Scott, William Schallert, Norman Fell, Benson Fong, Woodrow Parfrey, Rudy Diaz, Charles Matthau, Tom Tully, Albert Popwell

Cinematography: Michael Butler

Film Editor: Frank Morriss

Original Music: Lalo Schifrin

Written by Dean Riesner, Howard Rodman from the novel The Looters by John Reese

Produced by Jennings Lang, Don Siegel

Directed by
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Review: Amazon’s Star-Studded Anthology Series Needs to Dream Bigger

‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Review: Amazon’s Star-Studded Anthology Series Needs to Dream Bigger
Anthology series and the science-fiction genre should go hand-in-hand, but “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” doesn’t make the most of its sky-high potential. Despite featuring a fitting number of stars for the space-exploring stories on hand, the 10 standalone episodes inspired by Philip K. Dick’s writings do little to evoke the prolific sci-fi author’s next-level dreams.

The best of the six entries screened in advance is, oddly enough, labeled the first episode on the screener site but falls to Episode 9 via Amazon. That’s a shame, since viewers would have to make it through the worst of the lot — Episode 7, “The Father Thing” — let alone eight more middling hourlong entries before they reach it. “The Commuter” stars Timothy Spall as an employee at a train station who discovers a hidden city between the stops.

Read More:Bryan Cranston on Using His White Male Privilege to Hire An All-Female Team for ‘Philip K.
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The 10 greatest thrillers of 2017

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Author: Sean Wilson

Arriving imminently on DVD and Blu-Ray, compelling wilderness thriller Wind River marks the directorial debut of Hell or High Water writer, Taylor Sheridan. Set amidst the frigid, snowy wastes of Wyoming, the story pairs Jeremy Renner’s tracker with Elizabeth Olsen’s FBI agent in a murder mystery that plays out against a spectacular backdrop.

Wind River is the only cracking thriller to have been released this year – here’s our roundup of some others you may have missed.

Split

Kicking off 2017 in fine style, M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback thriller hinges on a disturbing, engrossing performance from James McAvoy as a troubled man harbouring multiple personalities in his head. From lisping Harry Potter fan Hedwig to prim Patricia to, eventually, the animalistic, terrifying Beast, McAvoy delivers a masterclass in physical performance and different accents. His Kevin will return in Shyamalan’s Unbreakable sequel, Glass, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Still looking sharp 26 years since its premiere, James Cameron’s picture completely masters the mass audience thriller while pushing the effects envelope far beyond the industry’s horizon. Technically slick, conceptually brutal, Cameron’s style is what still prevails in action-based Sci-Fi. All this, and Ah-nold too.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital

Lionsgate

1991 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 137 min. / Street Date December 26, 2017 / 22.99

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, S. Epatha Merkerson, Earl Boen, Castulo Guerra, Danny Cooksey, Jenette Goldstein, Xander Berkeley.

Cinematography: Adam Greenberg

Film Editors: Conrad Buff, Dody Dorn, Mark Goldblatt, Richard A. Harris

Original Music: Brad Fiedel

Written by James Cameron, William Wisher

Produced and Directed by James Cameron

Back again and cleaned up for a new home video format Terminator 2: Judgment Day looks better than ever, showing off the superior effects talents of its demanding producer-director. James Cameron’s career
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Oscar Best Picture Contenders Add New Twists to Old Movie Genres

Oscar Best Picture Contenders Add New Twists to Old Movie Genres
Near the end of “Logan,” the title character yells at a young girl: “I am not whatever it is you think I am.” That’s true of him, and it’s true of the film itself. At first glance, “Logan” may seem to be another X-Men superhero movie, but it’s really a modern-day Western about family, love and redemption.

Similarly, “Get Out” was marketed as a horror movie and submitted to the Golden Globes as a comedy. It’s a little bit of both, but it’s also a social commentary mixed with sharp observations about racism.

The awards season is filled with movies that are genre-benders, which use the format and structure of classic storytelling, but then upend audience expectations by taking the movie in another direction.

The Shape of Water” is set in 1962, and director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro uses the conventions of an old monster movie — a mysterious lab, sinister government
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Turning 40: 3 Great Movies Released in 1978

We live in an age of revivals, reboots, and remakes. Hollywood seems to have lost the taste for original stories, preferring to reach back to the successful movies of the past, hoping to be able to play it safe and pocket a hefty profit in the process. Sometimes, it works – the remake of Stephen King’s “It” has proven this – and other times, it doesn’t – just think of the dismal reviews (and pretty lousy revenues) of this year’s “The Mummy”, which might have been a profitable movie per se, with its $400 million-plus debut against a $375 million budget, buy a disappointing debut for Universal’s “Dark Universe”.

Next year, many of the most famous and well-known movie franchises of our times will celebrate their thirtieth anniversaries. Some of these will be marked by remakes hitting the screens, either in the cinemas or through other mediums, such as video games,
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Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today

Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today
Alexander Payne recently had a business lunch with Jason Blum.

It may seem like an odd pairing. Payne is an Oscar-winning auteur known for such salt-of-the-earth comedies as “About Schmidt” and “Nebraska,” films where moments of levity emerge from a kind of hardscrabble realism. Blum, the hugely successful producer behind “The Purge” and “Insidious,” is a mogul of the macabre. But Payne, after seven movies that largely center on middle-aged schnooks, says he’s done with dramatizing the foibles of the pocket-protector set. He’s ready to shake things up.

“I want to do something different,” Payne tells Variety during a recent interview at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters. “How fun would it be to do a horror movie? They’re all the rage right now, and they make a lot of money.”

Before Payne can team up with Blum, however, he’s got a film to release. That’s why he’s flown to New York
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Criterion Now – Episode 37 – Dead Man, Sid & Nancy, Godzilla

Keith Enright and Mark Hurne return to the podcast and we get into a big Criterion news week. Keith had the scoop regarding the Starz Godzilla deal, and we talk about the Olympic trailer, the Barnes & Noble sale, and the newsletter clue. We also talk about Alex Cox’s Sid & Nancy and the latest curated content on FilmStruck.

Episode Notes

8:30 – New Releases, Criterion News

20:00 – Barnes & Noble Sale

23:45 – Keith’s Trip to Criterion

33:00 – Godzilla

43:00 – Sid & Nancy

55:45 – Short Takes (The Lure, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jigoku, Forbidden Games, Les Visiteurs du Soir)

1:05:30 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion Completion – Hour 9 Olympic Set Trailer Criterion Close-Up 19 – A Conversation with Alex Cox Ryan’s 6-year old prediction about Godzilla Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Keith Enright: Twitter | Website Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Criterion Now: Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

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Morelia Film Review: ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was’ (Ayer Maravilla Fui)

Beautifully composed black-and-white lensing can’t save “Yesterday Wonder I Was” from a marked case of pretentio sophomorica. Gabriel Mariño’s follow-up to his debut “A Secret World” shares a similar interest in details, this time with an even more pronounced tactility, yet the way he imbues each scene as if it’s quivering with meaning, coupled with an insufferably affected overuse of the second movement of Schubert’s Piano Sonata D.959, turns this cerebral sci-fi derivative into a self-consciously arty exercise that wears its Tsai Ming-liang influences with more affectation than prudence. That didn’t stop Morelia’s jury from awarding it their best first or second film prize, together with the best actress nod, and festival programmers on the hunt for “edgy” fare will undoubtedly be calling.

One of the key problems is that Mariño decided not to bother with a script, improvising everything based on a 15-page story he wrote inspired by “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” That
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Everything We Know About the Plot of Stranger Things Season 3

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Spoilers for Stranger Things season two below! Netflix served up the ultimate Halloween gift with Stranger Things season two, and it's Ok to admit that you gobbled up all nine episodes like you were a kid eating all of the chocolate out of your trick-or-treat bucket. Now that you've finished the new season, the question plaguing you is almost certainly what will happen in Stranger Things season three? Right now, getting an answer out of series creators Matt and Ross Duffer would be harder than taking away Eleven's TV privileges. That doesn't mean there's not plenty of room to speculate about what lies ahead for Mike, Will, Eleven, Lucas, Max, and Dustin! Unlike last year, you don't have to wait forever for Netflix to confirm Stranger Things is returning. In an August interview with Vulture, the Duffers revealed that season three will happen, and they're hopeful that there will be a fourth and final season,
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Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’

Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’
Your ultimate Halloween horror movie binge is here. Edgar Wright has joined forces with Mubi to list his 100 favorite horror movies, and the collection is full of classics and surprising choices that range from 1922 to 2016. The director, who himself has given the genre a classic title thanks to “Shaun of the Dead,” names recent horror hits like “Raw,” “The Witch,” and “Train to Busan,” as well as classics from horror masters James Whale and Mario Bava.

Read More:Edgar Wright’s 40 Favorite Movies Ever Made (Right Now): ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Suspiria’ and More

Wright wrote an introduction to his list, in which he makes it clear this is simply a list of 100 favorite titles and not his definitive list of the best horror films ever. You can read Wright’s statement below:

Here, for Halloween, is a chronological list of my favorite horror movies. It’s not in any way
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James Gunn Shares His List of 50 Favorite Horror Films! How Many Have You Seen?

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn started his career working in the horror genre. A couple of the films you're probably familiar with are Dawn of the Dead (2004), which he wrote, and, of course, Slither (2006), which he wrote and directed.

As you'd imagine, Gunn was obviously influenced by certain films in the horror genre. Well, now we know what kind of horror films that James Gunn likes because he recently shared his 50 favorite horror films of all time on his Facebook page:

It's actually a pretty great list of films! There are films that you'd expect to see on a favorite horror film list and a few unexpected films. Look through the list below and let us know how many of the films on the list you've seen.

As for the films you haven't seen, it's the Halloween season and the perfect time to watch some good horror films that you've never seen!
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October Horrors 2017 Day 23 – Society (1989)

Society, 1989.

Directed by Brian Yuzna.

Starring Billy Warlock, Connie Danese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards, and Devin DeVaquez.

Synopsis:

Billy Whitley enjoys a life of wealth, popularity, and privilege in Beverly Hills, but he feels isolated from his family, feeling like he doesn’t belong. Suspecting he is adopted, Billy begins to dig deeper into the mystery of his family, uncovering a secret more horrifying than he could possibly imagine.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “…there’s no such thing as society”. I bring this up not as a means to analyze what she meant by her statement or to discuss the late Prime Minister and the legacy that has been the cause of decades of passionate debate. I honestly just needed a smart-sounding way to start this review.

This rather clumsy opening brings me to the subject of today’s review, Brian Yuzna’s gruesome horror satire that just so happens to be titled Society,
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‘Lore’ Review: Season 1 Turns a Spooky Podcast Into a Bland Historical Reenactment

‘Lore’ Review: Season 1 Turns a Spooky Podcast Into a Bland Historical Reenactment
Lore” is a very successful podcast, but its televised adaptation does very little to earn the new medium. Yes, the six-part series pulls out every trick in the TV playbook in an attempt to make these factual explanations of urban myths visually stimulating: There are creepy animated sequences, choice bits of archival footage, and a number of live-action scenes performed by familiar character actors.

And yet its Aaron Mahnke’s blunt narration and gag-inducing sound effects that make up the best bits of the first three episodes, both of which stem from the series’ origins — and more effective incarnation, being audio storytelling.

Read More:‘Lore’: Watch the Disturbing True Story of a Man Who Sacrificed Himself for Spiritualistic Science — Exclusive

Lore” is an episodic anthology series, telling a different fact-based tale every episode. Each entry clocks in between 39 and 45 minutes, and opens with a disclaimer: “Everything you’re about
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The Hidden

The Hidden

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1987 / Color /1.78:1 / Street Date October 4, 2017

Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri

Cinematography by Jacques Haitkin

Written by Jim Kouf

Produced by Stephen Diener, Dennis Harris, Jeffrey Klein

Directed by Jack Sholder

After a demanding evening spent bumping and grinding at The Harem Room, a weary young dancer packs up her gear and exits the club to a chorus of catcalls. She responds by whipping out a state-of-the-art shotgun and laying waste to not only to the would-be lotharios but a good section of Hollywood Boulevard. Is this the continuing story of Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45? No, it’s Jack Sholder’s The Hidden, one of the wittiest B movies of the eighties.

That stripper’s gun-happy rampage is just the latest in a series of increasingly bizarre crimes catapulting the baffled police into a futile game of whack-a-mole; as soon as the cops eliminate one gunman,
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