Review: The Conjuring 2 (2016) | Aggressive Mediocrity 2

I know the idea of ‘aggressive mediocrity’ is somewhat contradictory in that mediocrity is almost by definition milquetoast and lacking in passion, but there’s no other way I can find to describe James Wan’s The Conjuring 2. The original movie was one of those horror movies that was so risk-adverse that (much to no one’s […]

The (Un)necessary Remake Dept: The Manitou

Some people might call William Girdler’s The Manitou a ripoff of The Exorcist, and in a sense they’d be right in that both involve possession of a sort.  Then’s there’s the fact that Girdler’s film came five years afterwards, though other than that it’s a whole other animal and deserves revisiting. The movie, based on the novel […]

‘Deliver Us From Evil’ Exclusive Trailer

Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil definitely looks like a movie to watch for. Lately everything seems so massive that every once in awhile I really welcome something on a smaller scale (though not too small.  Oculus was entertaining, but almost intimate.  And don’t get me wrong, I am not critizing spectacle, after all it’s a golden […]

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Reboot

This is going to sound like sacrilege, but I have to say it:  I never liked Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby.”  There, my secret is out.  It’s treated like some sort of classic of slow-burn horror by most people who have seen it, but from what I could tell, it’s just slow.  In some ways the […]

New Fright Night Trailer is Here!

If you’re a horror fan–and who isn’t?–you probably hold Tom Holland’s Fright Night high in your pantheon of horror films.  It’s being remade by DreamWorks Pictures and stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and David Tennant and is directed by Craig Gillespie