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Posts by Nate Yapp

Review: Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

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After the nicely thrilling H20, there was the faintest glimmer of hope that maybe the Halloween series had turned itself around (having long ago given up on the dream that Moustapha Akkad would stop making sequels). Alas, Resurrection is back to dismal and vaguely offensive crap. It's a derivative movie actively working to tarnish the memory of John Carpenter's original classic.(read more...)

Review: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

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Hammer, perhaps in response to The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski's spoof of their bloodsucker flicks), sends itself up in this black comedy remake of Curse of Frankenstein. They replace Peter Cushing with the then up-and-coming horror star Ralph Bates and inject the tale with more sex, more violent death, and a wicked sense of irreverence.(read more...)

Review: The Sixth Sense (1999)

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If I remember correctly, the last time that I saw The Sixth Sense was in August of 1999. The exuberant - if poorly constructed - review I wrote then called it a "definite 100% must-see". Over time, though, my feelings for the film faded, and I feared that I had overrated it. I kept wondering if I had just been swept up in the buzz. Plagued by doubts as to my own critical competence, I was starting to believe the small but growing negative backlash against the flick.(read more...)

Review: The Wicker Man (1973)

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One of the truly classic horror-thrillers of the 20th Century was most definitely The Wicker Man. Now, with Anchor Bay's Limited Edition DVD (packaged in an attractive wooden box), you can enjoy the near-complete 99 minute version of the typically cut-to-ribbons suspense masterpiece. It is this very special extended edit that I'm reviewing here.(read more...)

Review: Fiend Without a Face (1958)

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Boy, there's just something about 50s films that warms the cockles of the heart. The plots that are completely out of the realm of reality...the cheesy acting...the even cheesier special effects...the paranoid anti-nuclear messages...it's some good stuff.(read more...)

Review: Ginger Snaps (2000)

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I love an original take on a classic subgenre. As a film reviewer, I'm quickly nearing that point where everything I see needs something new about it or I become bored. I'm sorry, but there are only so many haunted house stories/vampire epics/werewolf tales one can take before it all becomes, well, stale. Thankfully, this film from Canada has breathed fascinating new life into lycanthropy.(read more...)

Review: Desecration (1999)

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Usually when I get a screener tape, its a super-indie film that 99% of horror fans will never see ever, but that probably deserve more than they're getting. With Desecration, the story is a little different. The film is easily available from Image Entertainment...and it may hold the very future of the genre in its director, Dante Tomaselli.(read more...)

Review: Joy Ride (2001)

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Joy Ride was the second horror road movie (with The Forsaken) released in 2001. It follows two brothers, Fuller (Steve Zahn) and Lewis (Paul Walker). The former is a ne'er-do-well who has just been released from jail, and the latter is on his way to pick up a friend in Colorado, Venna (Leelee Sobieski), with the hopes that maybe they can make their relationship romantic. To kill time, the siblings decide to use their CB radio to have a little fun with a trucker known only as Rusty Nail (voice of Ted Levine, Silence of the Lambs). Their victim doesn't take their joke lightly, though, and embarks on a crusade of terror and humiliation against the two (and eventually three when Venna enters the picture).(read more...)

Review: Innocent Blood (1992)

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Innocent Blood could have easily been titled A French Vampire in America (and it was in foreign release), as it not only features that cultural displacement, but it is directed by the man who brought us An American Werewolf in London, the incomparable John Landis.

Usually, Landis handles comedies (and we could list the good ones off for hours...and try to forget about the bad ones). Even AWIL had a touch of melancholy humor to it. Innocent Blood, with a few exceptions, is straight horror flick, and a surprisingly enjoyable one at that.(read more...)

Review: Monkey Shines (1988)

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All great masters must occasionally fall to the Studio Compromise. George A. Romero is no exception. Monkey Shines is his first studio picture that looks like a studio picture. Though well directed, well written, and well performed, there's something missing from it, a dark heart, that would make it leap out like so many other films in the director's filmography.(read more...)

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