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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. 11 Feb 2024

    The Demon's Baby 1998

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Kant Leung. Starring Emotion Cheung, Annie Wu, Elvis Tsui, and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong.

    In Warlord Era China, two chefs and a rogue monk fight to stop the birth of five demon babies who will bring about the apocalypse. Continue reading...

  2. 27 Jan 2024

    Leprechaun 4: In Space 1996

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Starring Warwick Davis, Brent Jasmer, Jessica Collins, and Guy Siner.

    In the 21st century, a group of mercenary space marines working for an eccentric scientist hunt the leprechaun who’s seeking to marry an alien princess. Continue reading...

  3. 15 Jan 2024

    Leprechaun 2 1994

    C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rodman Flender. Starring Warwick Davis, Charlie Heath, Shevonne Durkin, and Sandy Baron.

    In Leprechaun 2, Warwick Davis returns as the titular Leprechaun, who targets a Los Angeles woman played by Shevonne Durkin for his bride. Continue reading...

  4. 04 Jan 2024

    Night Train to Terror 1985

    C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, and Gregg G. Tallas. Starring Barbara Wyler, Jamie Scoggin, Stacey Lyons, and Linda Maderas.

    For an anthology comprising three unrelated low-budget horror features cut to half or a third of their running time and book-ended by God and Satan riding a train to Las Vegas with an 80s teen pop-rock band, Night Train to Terror is better than you’d expect. Continue reading...

  5. 13 Dec 2023

    Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! 1989

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Monte Hellman. Starring Samantha Scully, Bill Moseley, Richard C. Adams, and Richard Beymer.

    The original Silent Night, Deadly Night, a low-budget exploitation horror, triggered outrage and protests. The second film veered into camp and proved notorious as well, perceived as a cash-grab recycling large amounts of the first film‘s footage.

    This third entry in the Santa-slasher series loses the Santa costume but gains name recognition with director Monte Hellman and stars Bill Moseley and Robert Culp. The result? A head-scratching mess devoid of thrills, camp or otherwise. Continue reading...

  6. 20 Oct 2023

    The Death Kiss 1932

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Edwin L. Marin. Starring David Manners, Adrienne Ames, Bela Lugosi, and John Wray.

    David Manners plays a screenwriter investigating an on-set murder after his actress girlfriend finds herself under suspicion. Edward Van Sloan plays a director, and Bela Lugosi is a studio manager. Despite reuniting three of Dracula’s lead actors, it disappoints. Continue reading...

  7. 13 Oct 2023

    Friday the 13th: The New Blood 1988

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by John Carl Buechler. Starring Jennifer Banko, John Otrin, Susan Blu, and Lar Park-Lincoln.

    I came with an open mind. I’d heard rumblings this Jason meets Carrie slasher was bad, but rumblings can be wrong. Continue reading...

  8. 10 Oct 2023

    Eggshells 1969

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tobe Hooper. Starring Mahlon Foreman, Ron Barnhart, Amy Lester, and Kim Henkel.

    Watch it with the commentary. Continue reading...

  9. 28 Sep 2023

    Bones and All 2022

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Kendle Coffey, Taylor Russell, André Holland, and Ellie Parker.

    A convincing performance from Timothée Chalamet, evocative cinematography, and unsettling horror. It’s even set in the 1980s. So why does it underwhelm? To explain, I must venture into spoilers. Continue reading...

  10. 25 Sep 2023

    The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom, and Forrest Tucker.

    For his second feature, director William Friedkin tries another musical comedy, this one about the waning days of burlesque. He should have known better, but given the circumstances, I understand. Continue reading...

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