REview: The Lair (2022) | Neil Marshall’s Ghosts of Afghanistan

Neil Marshall by my reckoning has never been a particularly innovative director though he’s always managed to take a familiar subject and make it feel somewhat novel. The first time I noticed this tendency was with Doomsday, which I enjoyed but bit also seemed to be mimicking George Miller; not so much that it wasn’t […]

REview – Hellboy (2019)

I’ll be totally honest. I enjoyed both Hellboy and it’s sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army so when I heard that Guillermo Del Toro wasn’t going forward with a planned third movie, I was a bit miffed. Though that turned to irritated really fast when I learned that, while Del Toro’s third film wasn’t happening, […]

Hellboy’s Hellish Production

Movie directing is typically depicted as glamorous work, despite the issues Neil Marshall may have encountered during the production of the Hellboy reboot. Though Hollywood is rife with stories about what happens when relations between directors and studios (or casts) don’t quite go as planned. For instance, Stanley Donen originally only intended to produce 1999’s […]

Hellboy (2019) – Red Band Trailer – Trailer Into Reaction

While I’d rather see Guillermo Del Toro finish his Hellboy Trilogy–Hellboy, Hellboy: The Golden Army and….–that’s no longer in the cards. The reboot is being directed by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday) and stars David Harbor (Stranger Things, Suicide Squad) as Hellboy. The trailer looks okay, except for some of the CGI, which […]

Hellboy Returns (Sort of…)

This is an image of Ron Perlman as Hellboy from Guillermo Del Toro’s 2008 movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. If anyone could be said to be destined to play a character it’s Perlman, who’s Hellboy looked like he was pulled from the pages of Mike Mignola’s comic. Flash forward to 2017 when the third […]

Late Phases – Review

“Late Phases Is An Interesting Diversion, Though Hardly The Best The Werewolf Genre has To Offer.” When all is said and done, what separates great werewolf movies from also-rans is the quality of the titular beast itself, which unfortunately isn’t Late Phases strongest point.  The aforementioned monsters here look less like wolves than large hairy gnomes, which is […]

‘Constantine’ Trailer

NBC, as part of their upcoming new season, is launching a series based upon DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer.   And unlike the last movie based on the character, this time around he’s actually British!  And blond! I don’t know quite what’s going on, but I have grown accustomed to television executives doing their best to ignore, not acknowledge, the […]

Black Sails

I have never been particularly fond of pirate films.  Generally, there are too many things about them that are slightly out-of-whack for the time period.  For instance, every character, no matter what, has really good teeth (you’d always have one guy that had virtually none in his head, but that tended to be the exception). […]

Tomb Raider Video Game Trailer

Here’s the new trailer for the Square Enix’s reboot of Tomb Raider.  When it first opens, what came to mind was Neil Marshall’s “The Decent.” In fact, watching the trailer you can probably come up with lots more movies or television shows that it looks like. Some have also criticized it for Lara Croft appearing […]