Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

It is the sacred & holy right of genre films to be much, much better at addressing the social problems that plague the world than serious-minded sober dramas. Has been as long as there’s been movies, really. There are a couple of reasons for that, I think: one is that a movie which is content […]

I can think of not one single reason to hold back: the first King Kong, from 1933, is probably the most perfect movie ever made by a Hollywood studio in what we would call, I guess, the “popcorn movie tradition” – that is to say, big-budget adventure movies with rip-roaring special effects, or some other […]

I would be very hard-pressed to explain why A Cure for Wellness is, in fact, “good”, for the simple reason that it kind of isn’t. For one thing, I don’t imagine that anyone could possibly be so in love with it (and I am, make no mistake, way the hell in love with it) that […]

For many and many a year, a good decade and a half now, a lot of us have been saying that M. Night Shyamalan is a (potentially) great stylistic director who really needs to stop writing his own movies. I’m definitely not going to suggest that Split, the director’s twelfth feature in a career that […]

Categories: horror, thrillers

A review requested by Rob Graham, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. I’m tempted to say that Messiah of Evil is good, but only by accident. Or good, but not  on purpose. These are silly thoughts, of course: other than a very few heavily ironic examples, nobody starts […]

We can talk about how bad it is in a minute (spoiler alert: very bad), but first, I think we should pay full respect to the title of The Bye Bye Man. It is just spectacularly the worst thing ever. I would prefer, as a dignified adult filmgoer, to loudly ask the ticket seller for […]

“This movie is too long” is something I complain about to the point of self-parody, but seriously, The Love Witch is too long to a degree that makes most “too long” movies seem painfully efficient. It’s a pastiche – a pastiche so good that it feels like we need some other word to describe how […]

The Eyes of My Mother fwins, by my count, two superlatives for itself among recent American horror films. It is, on the one hand, the most beautiful such movie in an inordinately long time – long enough that I gave up trying to figure out when. That’s selling it a bit short, actually: it’s also […]

I shall simply cut to the chase: The Wailing is all that I could possibly ask of a horror movie. The Korean import isn’t perfect, of course, particularly with an ending that goes through at least one too many switchbacks (though the concluding pair of scenes are exquisite), and a distinct over-reliance on “scary dream […]

It’s not very hard to imagine a different version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – only a slightly different version, even – that’s a wonderfully imaginative and full of no end of cinematic marvels. For a film that could be described, in fact very nearly demands to be described as “Harry Potter meets […]

Like many another film lucky enough to share a series with a real piece of crap, the 1956 sci-fi/horror film The Creature Walks Among Us had a nice, easy, eminently surmountable bar to clear. That being, in this case, to be better than 1955’s Revenge of the Creature, an endlessly tedious film about which I […]

Sequels are always an artistically dubious risk, horror sequels not least of all. It’s still hard to process just how much worse 1955’s Revenge of the Creature is than its remarkable predecessor. Creature from the Black Lagoon is, if nothing else, one of the truly great B-horror pictures of the 1950s, and with both producer […]