Whenever Sam Raimi directs a movie, I’ll be there. I stood proudly alongside him for Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, A Simple Plan, all the Spiderman movies, and even Darkman. Yes. Even Darkman.
Drag Me To Hell marks the return to his horror roots in many ways. It drips of his easily-recognizable blend of horror and humor, executed with his usual originality and inventiveness. You can tell the man loves his job.
There are telltale signs that a horror movie was made in the 70s – and I’m not talking about bellbottoms, butterfly collars and extra-wide ties.
I mean the overuse of zooming instead of dollying in; a saturated film stock with noticeable grain; a musical underscore for every damn scene; casual nudity; explicit gore effects with blood as red as paint and strawberry jam; horror in the daylight; and a plot angle that involves Satan himself.
All these things I enjoy very much. If you do too, you’ll find them in spades in The Sentinel. It’s a fairly goofy outing that manages to build a sense of mystery and doom before spiraling into confusion and weirdness at the very end.
Poor Sally. All the adults in her life fail her. Her mother ships her off to live with her father without telling her it’s a permanent move. Her father is preoccupied with getting his restored English country manor listed on the cover of Architecture Digest. And while his father’s girlfriend tries to reach out to her, she deserts her at the most inconvenient moments.
Season’s Greetings! We absolutely loved unwrapping this holiday package. But we can’t say much more about it, since this Christmas-themed horror flick has more twists than a candy cane. So go check it out now on your favorite streaming service and come back here for the full report.
Sorry for the lateness of this week’s (last week’s!) episode. In keeping with our holiday-ish theme, we went with a film that, although it technically takes place during Easter, should still put you in a holiday mood with all the snow, sweaters, and celebration. Red is the color of the season. Enjoy our take on the Norwegian horror film, Dead Snow.