Tag Archive | Serial Killer

Untraceable (2008)

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Starring: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks

Release date: January 25 (US). I watched this early last year and I did not want to clap eyes on it ever again, but it came out and that’s that. Will my original opinion alter? May contain incomprehensible FBI behaviour and spoilers…

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Eye Of The Beholder (2000)

Director: Stephan Elliott

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin

Release date: January 28 (US). This replaces the unavailable Isn’t She Great. The Noughties! Ever hopeful did I stride forth into the new Movie Millennium. Ever bewildered did I emerge the other side. May contain irrational cats and spoilers…

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Blink (1994)

Director: Michael Apted

Starring: Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Peter Friedman

Release date: January 26 (US). I’ve heard several positive murmurs about this one on here since it crashed onto my list, so I’m going in with hopes raised. May contain graphic eye surgery and spoilers…

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Phenomena (1985)

Director: Dario Argento

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi

Release date: January 31 (ITA). I’ve not watched an Italian horror show in years, quite pleased to see an Argento drop in. When I first saw this it was called Creepers and the garish poster art featured a screaming chimp wielding a sharp implement. That doesn’t even begin to tell thee what the craic is here. May contain extra-sensory perceptive insects and spoilers…

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The Night Of The Generals (1967)

Director: Anatole Litvak

Starring: Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay

Release date: January 29 (UK). I haven’t seen this! I thought I had – possibly I caught 10-20 minutes while channel hopping once then forgot all about it. The end was very familiar. The other incredible thing is, I’m 3 films in and it’s the third war movie from a German perspective! What are the odds on that? May contain nervous tics and spoilers…

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Just Pillow Talk’s Birthday Nightmare: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Well, this hardly counts as a Nightmare does it? For 1991, the Gods have smiled on Just Pillow Talk and extended his winning run to a mighty three films, and what a film to take it on: the multi-Academy Award Winning Silence of the Lambs.

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The Underrated: The Chaser

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve done one of these, and I’m actually thinking about renaming this section “the underexposed”. This time up, I’m once again delving back into Korean Cinema for a 2008 crime film that is both severely underexposed and truly excellent. I don’t really understand the West’s attitude to Japanese/ Korean cinema. Any blue filtered two-bit horror movie gets ridiculous levels of, to quote Droid, nut stroking, and yet the best films that I’ve seen from Korea recently are all crime films of some description. The tendency that still floats around amongst people to write off a whole culture as either boneheaded horror, stupid monster movies or chop-socky nonsense is astonishing, particularly when you consider how good films like The Vengeance Trilogy, Memories of Murder and now The Chaser actually are. The Chaser, incidentally, is being sold by Lovefilm as a horror movie. It most certainly is not. You can argue that it is a thriller, but it isn’t the serial killer gorefest that I was expecting. Read More…

The Underrated: Memories of Murder

 

Once again, for the underrated film of the week I’m picking one that nobody has seen, but I think is simply superb and is being overlooked unfairly. Joon-ho Bong is turning out consistently excellent work (he followed this with the simply superb The Host, and I’m told that his latest, Mother, is also of a high standard) and this is a fine early example. If I had to make a comparison, then the nearest parallel I can draw is Fincher’s excellent Zodiac, being as they both deal with police procedure, an unsolved serial murderer, and are both first-rate films. Read More…

Jarv’s Schlock Vault: The First Power

Don’t Patronise me. I’m not some kind of crackpot… I’m a professional psychic

Jarv’s Rating: 2 Changs. Not the greatest effort ever, but any film where Lou Diamond Phillips gets clobbered in the happy sack  by both a bag lady and a nun on different occasions is clearly worth a bit of my time.

Sometimes a concept is just a bad one. I can see the thinking about this, it really does fit right into its time- the late 80’s/ early 90’s- when a whole raft of serial-killer-returns from the dead films were released. This is one of them, a lesser one, but it has to be said that it is quite an enjoyable entry. Nevertheless, a bad idea is a bad idea, and The First Power has, I think, about 6 bad ideas. Read More…

The Underrated: Angel

This is a review that’s been a long time coming. I’ve really struggled with it, as this is not the easiest film that I’ve ever written about. As with Vice Squad, which was a thriller with a hefty dollop of street-level grit, Angel is also ostensibly a thriller mired in the sleaze of prostitution. Unfortunately, unlike with Vice Squad, the thriller sections of the film aren’t actually that successful. Sure, they’re watchable enough, but they pale in comparison to the other facets of the movie. Read More…