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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Event Horizon (1997)

    Event Horizon 1997

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, and Joely Richardson.

    After two years of pandemic avoidance, I returned to the cinema. The Prince Charles welcomed me back with a red carpet. Continue reading...

    Watched on 29 May, 2022
  2. A still from Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

    Friday the 13th: A New Beginning 1985

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Danny Steinmann. Starring Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, and Suzanne Bateman.

    I may have been too hard on this entry. Showing it to a friend who’s never seen it, I found myself entertained. Despite the lackluster finale, I enjoyed the blatant attempts to telegraph the culprit—and his resemblance to Lon Chaney Jr. This, along with the heightened sleaze, made it play as a goofy, near-satire of the slasher genre. If only it had retained the rumored gory kills and excessive nudity left on the cutting room floor.

    Watched on 12 May, 2022
  3. A still from The Sadness (2021)

    The Sadness 2021

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rob Jabbaz. Starring Ying-Ru Chen, Ralf Chiu, Wei-Hua Lan, Regina Lei, Emerson Tsai, Tzu-Chiang Wang, and Berant Zhu.

    I have a rule about not giving a film five-stars on first watch, but The Sadness tempts me. Continue reading...

    Watched on 12 May, 2022
  4. A still from Twentynine Palms (2003)

    Twentynine Palms 2003

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Bruno Dumont. Starring Yekaterina Golubeva and David Wissak.

    I’m not sure if Twentynine Palms is a foul tip or a home-run, but it connects. I went in cold and suggest you do the same. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 07 May, 2022
  5. A still from Witchboard (1986)

    Witchboard 1986

    D-: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Kevin Tenney. Starring Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols, and Kathleen Wilhoite.

    Tawny Kitaen (of Whitesnake video fame) plays Linda, a woman who falls prey to a malevolent spirit after toying with a Ouija Board. Continue reading...

    Watched on 07 May, 2022
  6. A still from The Batman (2022)

    The Batman 2022

    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Matt Reeves. Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, and Colin Farrell.

    Two years into his vigilante crusade, Batman faces the Riddler, a serial killer intent on exposing Gotham City’s deep-seated corruption. Continue reading...

    Watched on 28 Apr, 2022
  7. A still from Killer Party (1986)

    Killer Party 1986

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William Fruet. Starring Martin Hewitt, Ralph Seymour, Elaine Wilkes, and Paul Bartel.

    I watched this one after Hell Night as a college horror double feature. Killer Party sees three coeds pledge a sorority and attend a big party on April Fool’s day where they’re stalked by a killer. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 09 Apr, 2022
  8. A still from Hell Night (1981)

    Hell Night 1981

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tom DeSimone. Starring Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, and Kevin Brophy.

    Four collegiate pledges must spend the night in the local haunted manor. They aren’t alone. Continue reading...

    Watched on 09 Apr, 2022
  9. A still from Body Double (1984)

    Body Double 1984

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, and Deborah Shelton.

    Craig Wasson plays a struggling actor who witnesses a murder while spying on his exhibitionist neighbor. Continue reading...

    Watched on 04 Apr, 2022
  10. A still from Halloween II (2009)

    Halloween II 2009

    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, and Sheri Moon Zombie.

    Writer-director Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake functioned as more of a Michael Myers origin story, but hewed to the original film’s story beats. With this sequel, Zombie stakes new narrative ground. Minor spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 31 Mar, 2022

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