Category Archives: Anthology Horror

V/H/S/ 2 (2012) Review

 

No doubt thanks to monetary success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, the found footage genre has exploded within the last decade.  I confess: I’m not terribly versed in the subgenre, having only seen the first Paranormal and not its forefather, The Blair Witch Project.  However, the format has been used in so many other film genres (superheroes in Chronicle, monster movie in Cloverfield) that despite being a relatively new subgenre, the shaky cam footage nearly instantly loses the edge or intensity it inherently brought and instead requires the filmmakers to be creative in their use of the format.  Luckily, V/H/S/2 does this in spades. Continue reading


Dead of Night (1945) – Review 2

Grade: B

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that weshould voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of ourfrightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peaceand safety of a new dark age.” – The Call of Cthulhu Continue reading


Dead of Night (1945) – Review 1

Dead of Night

Grade: B

I debated whether or not to open my review with a video of the Twilight Zone intro. I decided against it because it didn’t have the same affect as it would have if I was able to pair it up with a trailer for Dead of Night, which unfortunately doesn’t exist. But the point stands. As the film started, I could only think how much it reminded me of Twilight Zone. And I suppose that makes sense since Twilight Zone is a science fiction/horror/mystery/suspense anthology show and Dead of Night is, by all accounts, the film that started the horror anthology genre. And what makes Dead of Night a great horror film is that it creates quality suspense throughout most of the film. Continue reading