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Horror/Comedies: Love/Hate

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 10/30/2012 by McCutcheon

NOW think of that Twilight line: “I’m a monster…”

Have you ever seen a movie so uneven? Especially one so purposely imbalanced. The first half acts a sort of spaghetti western, two outlaws escaping to Mexico and taking hostages along the way with no promise anybody will be making it out alive- the second half quickly charges headfirst into the Horror/Comedy genre, complete with B-movie special effects and one liners.

Why am I talking about this movie at all? Who cares about it? I don’t know, although a theater professor of mine specifically cited it as an example of a film that doesn’t know what it is, Horror, Action or Comedy. Can’t it be all three? Continue reading

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You Gotta See This: The Frighteners

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , on 02/13/2012 by McCutcheon

Rated R for violence, some language, terror throughout, 110 mins, 1996

Compare to: Zombieland, Idle Hands, Evil Dead 2

I really don’t know how popular this movie is. I’ve loved it since it came out in ’96, but a friend recently told me that in his film class, nobody but him could name a Peter Jackson movie before Lord of the Rings. And after he named it, these kids still weren’t familiar with it. What are they teaching kids these days?

The Frighteners is the story of Frank Bannister (played by Michael J. Fox in one of his last roles), an all around strange guy. He’s in the business of ghost busting more or less, barely getting through life by exorcising ghosts/ spectres who just won’t leave suburban homeowners alone. While some think of him as a fraud, the catch is that he is a fraud because he actually works with the ghosts he’s supposed to be getting rid of, making a sweet, albeit rare, paycheck. Trouble starts when familiar murders begin happening around town and Frank might be the only one who can stop them. That is, if he’s not the one who takes the blame first. Continue reading