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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. 29 Feb 2024

    Frankenhooker 1990

    B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Frank Henenlotter. Starring James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, and J.J. Clark.

    Don’t let the title fool you. Director and co-writer Frank Henenlotter’s story of a man’s misguided attempt to reanimate his deceased fiancée by attaching her severed head to a sex worker’s body sports a surprising streak of feminist and trans-positive satire beneath its gory black comedy. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

  2. 29 Feb 2024

    Lords of Chaos 2018

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, and Sky Ferreira.

    I’m not a fan of Norwegian Black Metal or even its more accessible forebears. But Lords of Chaos is the Raging Bull of Norwegian Black Metal movies. Continue reading...

  3. 23 Feb 2024

    Leprechaun 6: Back 2 Tha Hood 2003

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Steven Ayromlooi. Starring Warwick Davis, Tangi Miller, Laz Alonso, and Page Kennedy.

    And so it comes to this. The improbable ten-year, six-film franchise ends with its worst entry. Continue reading...

  4. 18 Feb 2024

    The Entity 1982

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Starring Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, and George Coe.

    The Entity tells the story of single mom Barbara Hershey who finds herself under repeated, violent sexual assault from an unseen force. Continue reading...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

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