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Posts by Timothy J. Rush

Review: The Hand (1981)

The Hand poster

It's not hard to have low expectations of an eighties horror film titled simply The Hand. Add in names like director Oliver Stone and actor Michael Caine, however, and one begins to expect a little more. When it comes to quality, The Hand is carried completely on the weight of Caine's shoulders. Lots of the tropes of the film are familiar to the horror fan, but the performance of this masterful actor helps breathe life into what could have been just another schlock film. We are not disappointed, nor left scoffing about the plot. We feel satisfied and satiated, having enjoyed ourselves thoroughly for the past hundred minutes.(read more...)

Review: Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

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I would be a genius if I could start off by telling you about the hidden bits of brilliance that lie within Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, I don't believe in blatantly lying to the public. There really isn't anything good to say about this train wreck; the film fails on nearly every level. The horror is ineffective, the jokes are lame, and the performances are terrible. The movie, simply put, is a drawn-out, boring mess.(read more...)

Review: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

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If the title Little Shop of Horrors only brings forth images of Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, and Ellen Greene, it's time to expand your cinematic experience a little. Roger Corman's 1960 The Little Shop of Horrors is a gem, a fun film shot in a measly two days. Excellent characters and performances build upon a solid script, allowing the film to shine beyond its technical shortcomings. Little Shop of Horrors is not a polished masterpiece, but there are few better ways I can think of to spend seventy minutes.(read more...)

Review: Onibaba (1964)

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Our scene opens with two samurai, running through the tall, oppressive reeds. One is wounded, and the other is helping him along. Suddenly, their flight is interrupted, their lives coming to a sudden and grisly end at the points of vicious spears. Their desperation permeates the very opening frames of Onibaba and sets the tone for the entire film. Onibaba is a tale of deceit, murder, sexual frustration, and the monstrosity that lies in the hearts of ordinary people. With such a great story at its core, Onibaba excels by way of great performances, excellent cinematography, and stellar direction.
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Review: See No Evil (2006)

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Very much a WWE in-product, written by their staff and starring one of their wrestlers, it would be easy to dismiss this story of a murdering psychopath as nothing more than slasher-trash. But given the chance to play out in its entirety, See No Evil, while not a diamond in the rough, is perhaps a nice quartz in the mud.

The film's tale is simple. A cop busts in on an eye-plucking killer, shoots him in the head, and loses an arm for his trouble. Flash forward several years, and this grizzled cop is now taking a group of young, promiscuous convicts out on a work detail to renovate the run-down Blackwell Hotel. And lo and behold, the hotel is secret home of the not-quite-dead killer from that previous encounter. Cue murder, mayhem, mutilation, and a dash of shower voyeurism. A simple formula that plays out quite well in its simplicity.
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