The Ring Two

In the thriving horror subgenre of Wet Female Ghosts, the 2002 film The Ring stands head and shoulders above The Gift, What Lies Beneath, and Gothika. While it's true that the revenants in these other movies are just as  ...

Alone in the Dark

With the notable exception of Star Wars, it’s a bad sign when a science fiction or horror film is introduced with a long scroll of explanatory text. When, as in this case, the text includes indigestible chunks of prose  ...

The Forgotten

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com The idea driving The Forgotten is promising. Julianne Moore plays Telly Paretta, a mother still in the throes of grief from the death of her eight-year-old son in a  ...

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun is pushing thirty. He has a dead-end job, an antagonistic stepfather, a fat, dead-beat best friend named Ed who came for a visit several years ago and still hasn’t left, and an increasingly fed up girlfriend. While he  ...

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is based on a computer game and is therefore aimed at a fairly specific demographic. Judging from the film, that demographic is best represented by an insecure teenage girl who, after a miserable day of being  ...

Exorcist: The Beginning

Exorcist: The Beginning is a prequel to the 1973 film that spawned a host of imitators and for a while made peeling lips and projectile vomiting a sine qua non of occult thrillers. The Exorcist won Oscars for screen  ...

The Embalmer (L’Imbalsamatore)

"Peppino Profeta has waited long enough!" the title character defiantly announces late in Matteo Garrone's dark character study, The Embalmer. By this time it is clear that if Peppino Profeta has decided he's waited too long for something, Peppino Profeta  ...

Godsend

In Godsend, the filmmakers have taken the genetic implications of The Bad Seed, the evil doppleganger premise of Tom Tryon's The Other, and a touch of The Omen's blasphemy and potential for endless sequels, and updated it with the  ...

Jonathan Creek

The conceit behind the Jonathan Creek series is that as creator of illusions and props for a well-known magician, Creek's talent for deceiving audiences gives him insight into the illusions attempted by criminals in the commission of crimes. As  ...

State of Play

On a London back street, a frightened young man is shot to death behind a dumpster. In a cheap cafe, a hard-eyed teenage girl waits, an expensive metal briefcase resting on the floor at her feet. In the halls  ...