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  • The Void

    The Void

    ★★★½

    Canadian directors Gillespie and Kostanski are better known for over-the-top horror comedies like Father's Day and Manborg, so The Void comes as a surprise from them. It has some moments of humor, mostly in the dialog, and certainly their trademark practical gore effects (absolutely insane gore effects), but is otherwise a tense cosmic horror piece. A small country hospital is surrounded by hooded cultists and haunted within by Things Man Was Not Meant to Know(TM) and all I'll say is:…

  • Hardcore Henry

    Hardcore Henry

    ★★★

    The conceit of Hardcore Henry is that the entire movie is shot as if from the POV of a just-awakened, mute cyborg, using the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of first-person shooter games to craft a non-stop action movie where YOU are the star. In theaters, this must have required a barf bag. On my television screen, it's fine. But giving the character no voice is ultimately the film's downfall because either he's doing action or he's being given exposition by…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    In pre-show interviews, Robert Eggers said this of The Lighthouse, that he wanted to make another film about misery, but this time make it a comedy. I joked that if this was going to be a comedy, it would be like that one Ingmar Bergman comedy (Secrets of Women). And I didn't know how right I was (though as a horror film, it also has shades of Bergman's Hour of the Wolf). There are funny moments in it, as might…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Can you believe I had never seen the original Halloween before? Well, it's true. Though Psycho is the granddaddy of the slasher film, Halloween is foundational to the genre, essentially the spark that lit the fire of a craze, and set up many of the tropes we associate with slasher flicks. What is most intriguing is that despite its fingerprints being all over the movies to come, it is also very distinctively UNLIKE its imitators. No jump scares, for one…