The Caretakers (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: The Caretakers (2014)

“In life, there are many different paths to choose from. Some choose a common path, some choose a path less traveled, and some choose a path unknown.” In Steve Hudgins’ The Caretakers, some have chosen to protect the undead — vampires — and dedicate their lives to providing safety and food for them. One such…

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Vampires ain’t cool no more. They used to be so and, as happens to everything trendy, they kind of got old. Then came the whole teenage-sexy-cheesy “Twilight” saga (with every twitched creature it spawned, monstrosities such as “Vampire Academy”) and sucked the genre dry. Vampires thus lost any bit of credibility they had left, and…

The Gallows (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: The Gallows (2015)

If you watched the trailer for The Gallows, you probably got the impression you were going to see an intense flick in which some high school kids that are involved in some sort of drama production are viciously attacked by a supernatural entity. And while you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, you’ve nonetheless been dealt a…

The House with 100 Eyes (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: The House with 100 Eyes (2014)

The found footage approach to low-budget filmmaking has been around long enough to be used in all sorts of fun and clever ways, each attempt toeing the line between committing to the gimmick and admitting it. We’ve witnessed ghostly activity on home surveillance equipment (“Paranormal Activity”) and a giant monster trashing New York on a…

Horsehead (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Horsehead (2014)

Nightmarish visions abound in Romain Basset’s horror mystery Horsehead and the narrative elements are so tightly focused here that the picture’s success relies almost entirely on the effectiveness of those visions. Basset makes the bold move to let the visions swallow the story so that the movie threatens to topple off the edge of reality…

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

There are few certainties in life — death, taxes, senioritis striking schools in May (or January, as the case often is) — and one of the more distinct certainties in the world of horror is what happens when you contact the dead. Whether you’re playing alone with a Ouija board, sitting with a psychic at…

Private Number (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Private Number (2014)

In the indie thriller, Private Number, writer Michael Lane (Hal Ozsan, “Redline”) is under a lot of pressure. His first novel, Knight Fire, did reasonably well, and now, he’s really struggling to write his second. His loving wife, Katherine (Nicholle Tom, “Hang Loose”), has recently opened her own boutique and really, really wants to have…

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