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The Curse of La Llorona – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 17th, 2019

“In the end, The Curse of La Llorona feels forgettable.”

 

The Curse of La Llorona is the latest installment in ‘The Conjuring-Verse‘ which (unfortunately) now means a mediocre jump scare movie that is executive produced by James Wan and shoehorns in references to the Warren family and Annabelle. That isn’t to say the movie is a complete failure by any means. It will certainly delight those who crave jump scares and loud noises to shake them from their seats. Seriously, there are so many jump scares that after about 40 minutes, they stopped affecting me as I became accustomed to them. In the end, the movie is much closer to last fall’s ‘The Nun‘ than any of ‘The Conjuring‘ films, which means it feels forgettable.

 

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‘The Curse of the Cat People’ Blu-ray Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 8th, 2018

The Cat People‘ really thrilled people back in 1942, so in 1944, they made a sequel called ‘The Curse of the Cat People‘. It was all marketing though as ‘Curse‘ barely had anything to do with the original film, besides some of the same characters and actors. Notably, the filmmaker Ray Wise made this movie. Who is Ray Wise you ask? Holy Shit, I’ll tell you. He directed ‘West Side Story‘, ‘The Sound of Music‘, and even edited ‘Citizen Kane‘ to name a few projects he’s worked on. Not exactly a light-weight.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

91qKV+QeQ2L._SX342_Double the 80’s and double the horror with the upcoming release of ‘The Curse‘ and ‘Curse II The Bite‘ from those awesome folks over at Scream Factory. February 23 will see these classic 80’s flicks available for purchase. Of course, you can always pre-order by going to ShoutFactory.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Oh, Potter-heads do we have something awesome being sent down from Queen Rowling, personally! It’s not a new book like we all dream of, as our house-elves tuck us in each night. It’s not a new movie, which we can all agree, even Grawp, that they don’t hold a candle to the novels anyway, so that’s ok. What we will have is a play titled ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ and it will open in London’s West End next year.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

We have been hearing for a while about a new installment of ‘Child’s Play’ along with a complete reboot of the franchise.  We even wrote a little bit about this ‘Curse of Chucky’ film a few weeks ago, which you can read HERE.  It looks like it will be direct-to-dvd, which is unfortunate, but any new Chucky is good, right?  I’ve been a huge fan of the ‘Child’s Play’ series since the first one came out in the 80’s, and even though the films have gotten much sillier, I still enjoy them.  And I’m so happy that Brad Dourif is once again returning to voice the killer doll.  Press release below.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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WWE Studios, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation produce an all new Scooby-Doo and WWE adventure. The gang comes together again with superstars from WWE for ‘Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon‘! A direct to DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD production on August 9, 2016. Besides the typical Scooby-Doo cast, fans can see their favorite WWE Superstars kick animated butt like The Undertaker, Triple H, Paige, Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Sheamus and more.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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Chucky is back in a big way. The next installment of the ‘Child’s Play‘ franchise titled ‘Curse of Chucky‘ made its North American debut a few days ago to a sold out theater. The location was at The Fantasia Film Festival and it won the Audience Award for Best International Feature today. How cool is that? We’ve written about ‘Curse of Chucky‘ a few times before, which you can see HERE.

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The ‘Curse of Chucky’ Trailer is Now Online!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 8th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here….

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Last week, we posted some new images from the upcoming ‘Curse of Chucky‘ film, which showed a little girl holding that killer doll. We also know that two films in the realm of Chucky are being made. One will be a reboot of the franchise, and this one is a sequel to the past films. And don’t fret, because Brad Dourif is back to voice the Chucky doll again.

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Check These New Images Out From ‘Curse of Chucky’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 28th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here….

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We’ve reported before that there are currently two new ‘Child’s Play‘ movies in the works.  One is a complete reboot of the franchise, and the other is a sequel to the previous five . This looks like the sequel that will go straight to DVD and Blu-Ray, which is a shame, because there is definitely a market for more Chucky movies. I cannot wait to see these two films, and I’m happy to see Brad Dourif is still doing the voices. Here are the first images from the film. I can’t wait for the trailer.

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Reconstruction of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

By Tuesday Shank

(Find Tuesday Shank on Twitter and Instagram!)

There are three types of movies in this world for me; bad movies (which I may or may not enjoy because of or despite of their badness), good movies, and movies that annoy me.  Movies that annoy me are the ones I obsess over.

Movies that annoy me tend to be “close but no cigar” to a good movie. They annoy me, because I wish the film had gotten the cigar. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a movie that annoys the crap out of me.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was intended to be a soft reboot of the series. It was supposed to introduce new characters in a similar environment and allow the series to have a “fresh start.”  The film had absolutely everything it needed to accomplish this task. Instead, the movie is a jammed pack, convoluted, dragging two-hour film.

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THE FILM


Back in 2009, the brilliant filmmaker Sam Raimi journeyed back to his horror roots and made a fun-as-hell horror-comedy film called ‘Drag Me To Hell‘. For those of you who don’t remember who Sam Raimi is, movies like ‘Evil Dead II‘, ‘Army of Darkness‘, ‘The Spider-Man Trilogy‘, and ‘Darkman‘ are some of his accomplishments. Raimi and his brother and frequent collaborator Ivan Raimi had an idea for a horror film called ‘The Curse‘, but when Raimi booked the ‘Spider-Man‘ gig, that film was put on hold for the next decade. After ‘Spider-Man 3‘ was released, Sam and Ivan went quickly back to their idea to work on a low budget horror film again, which turned into ‘Drag Me To Hell’.

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Written By Bryan Kluger:

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(This film review portion was written by Dan Moran.)

The fifth installment of Disney’s nearly $4 billion dollar franchise is a Pirates movie through and through. It is about 20 minutes too long, has a needlessly complex plot, fantastic action set pieces, and way too many characters. I found it to be a real roller coaster viewing experience, where some points I was loving every single second of what was on screen and others I wanted to check my phone to see how much longer was left. There were no scenes in this entire movie that I was just ‘Ok’ with. I was either loving it or tolerating it. When it was all over I was pleased with the ending and, more importantly, that it ended.

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Dan M., here….

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The fifth installment of Disney’s nearly $4 billion dollar franchise is a Pirates movie through and through. It is about 20 minutes too long, has a needlessly complex plot, fantastic action set pieces, and way too many characters. I found it to be a real roller coaster viewing experience, where some points I was loving every single second of what was on screen and others I wanted to check my phone to see how much longer was left. There were no scenes in this entire movie that I was just ‘Ok’ with. I was either loving it or tolerating it. When it was all over I was pleased with the ending and, more importantly, that it ended.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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We are closing in on Texas Frightmare Weekend for 2017 with just a little under two weeks to go. May 5 will be upon us before we know it and all the glorious events will be open and ready for us, the avid fan, rabid amateur filmmaker, the nuclear family. Whatever form you’re in, you’re going to enjoy the Southwest’s premier horror convention and film festival. If you’ve got an interest in genre film, you’re not going to want to be anywhere else but the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport May 5-7, 2017, for the 12th annual event.

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Film Review #2: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017)!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 14th, 2017

Dan M., here….

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) is in the top 2 Disney animated movies of all-time. I’ll only allow The Lion King, which has a live action version due in 2019 or 2020, to be ranked ahead of it. This isn’t a debate. These are facts. Beauty and the Beast (animated) is a masterpiece from songs to characters, which is why I loved that this new live-action movie stayed so true to the animated version. It was an extremely enjoyable two hours with some really great moments and I look forward to seeing it again.

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Film Review: ‘Rings’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 3rd, 2017

Dan M., here….

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I went back and streamed The Ring to make sure I remembered what the movie was about. Before I started it, I remember that this was a top 10 hand-holding movie back in high school when it came out. I obviously knew that some ghost girl who died in a well would come out a TV and kill anyone who watched a VHS tape. After catching up 15 years later, I can confirm that I have a photographic memory and the entire movie is about watching a tape that sends a creepy girl through the TV to kill you. That girl is named Samara and she is still creepy to look at. Horror movies are such a weird creature because they often contain some really great conflicts. The way to save yourself from being murdered through your TV is to make a copy of the tape and send it on to someone else. The internal conflict of that was actually explored pretty well in the first Ring movie. I was hoping this would be explored more in RINGS so I headed off to the theater.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Comic-Con is one of the most exciting times of the year! It’s right up there next to Christmas and Halloween as days worthy of a count-down. One of the reasons why the San Diego Comic-Con is such a fantastic event is that’s where we see brand new trailers, get updates on projects, see special video created ONLY for comic-con. The news today for SDCC is that He-Man is starring in a brand new episode of the hit series that’s been discontinued more than 30 years ago!!

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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What film just broke the standing record as highest grossing film of all-time in domestic box office sales? You guessed it – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘!!! Everyone knew it was going to shatter records and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

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Blu-ray Review: ‘It Follows’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 13th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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It’s very rare these days that a horror movie consistently delivers on genuine thrills and scares. And I’m not talking so much about the cheap “jump out and scare you tactics”. I’m talking about a deep psychological horror that lingers in your mind for days after, causing you to look over your shoulder and think twice about those strange noises you heard. Not since ‘The Babadook‘ has a movie been more terrifying than ‘It Follows‘, which is a horror film from newcomer David Robert Mitchell who wrote and directed this masterpiece of horror.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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We are at the end of this ‘Hobbit‘ trilogy with ‘The Battle of the Five Armies‘. The last three years seem to have gone by fairly fast. It seems like yesterday when I was writing about Warner Bros. heading back to Middle Earth with the ‘Hobbit‘. I was super stoked about it, because I was such a huge fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings‘ trilogy. I think I saw each of those films five times in the theater, owned each version that came out on DVD and Blu-ray, and went back to see them when they were re-released. I just can’t get enough of the ‘LOTR‘ films. But shortly after the announcement that we were receiving a ‘Hobbit‘ film, things started going downhill.

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Film Review: ‘It Follows’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 12th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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It’s very rare these days that a horror movie consistently delivers on genuine thrills and scares. And I’m not talking so much about the cheap “jump out and scare you tactics”. I’m talking about a deep psychological horror that lingers in your mind for days after, causing you to look over your shoulder and think twice about those strange noises you heard. Not since ‘The Babadook‘ has a movie been more terrifying than ‘It Follows‘, which is a horror film from newcomer David Robert Mitchell who wrote and directed this masterpiece of horror.

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Film Review: ‘Into the Woods’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 22nd, 2014

Suzanne L., Here…

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Into the Woods had a great deal of expectations to live up to. A beloved musical featuring a well-known cast and director, this fairytale musical could easily have been a disappointment. However, with some musical high notes and great performances, the movie was a fun watch, in spite some editing and storyline issues.

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Film Review: ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 11th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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We are at the end of this ‘Hobbit‘ trilogy with ‘The Battle of the Five Armies‘. The last three years seem to have gone by fairly fast. It seems like yesterday when I was writing about Warner Bros. heading back to Middle Earth with the ‘Hobbit‘. I was super stoked about it, because I was such a huge fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings‘ trilogy. I think I saw each of those films five times in the theater, owned each version that came out on DVD and Blu-ray, and went back to see them when they were re-released. I just can’t get enough of the ‘LOTR‘ films. But shortly after the announcement that we were receiving a ‘Hobbit‘ film, things started going downhill.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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On the back of Syfy’s announcement to propagate more typical sci-fi fare and get away from the kitschy ‘Sharknado‘-type offerings, the network is bringing ‘3001: The Final Odyssey‘ to miniseries. Arthur C. Clarke’s novel from 1997 of the same name will give the mini it’s basis.

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Film Review: ‘Dead Snow 2’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 29th, 2014

Paul N., Here…

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Some films are destined to become Oscar fodder. They are created, carefully crafted, to become instant nominees for the next award show. From the concept and design to the casting choices, nothing is left to chance. The same could be said for cult classics. Some films achieve cult status by being so horrendously awful that they circle around the giant, invisible wheel of crap back around to becoming great again. Still, other films seem as destined for cult status as those reaching for the awards. There is nothing stellar in these films. The acting won’t move you. The set designs often look like they were conceived on used McDonald’s napkins hours before the cameras start rolling. The concepts are the stuff of giving a teenager mountains of sugar, blindfolding them, spinning them around, and having them throw darts at a board full of random plot devices. Dead Snow 2 is such a film. You might think this to be a bad thing, but when such an endeavor is crafted with the same love and care as the Oscar contenders, something stupidly magical happens and cult status is achieved.

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How Cool Is This ‘Halloween’ Blu-ray Collection!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 13th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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Good news, everyone. Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory have finally partnered up to give us horror fans something we have wanted for far too long. Not one but two different Blu-Ray box sets that spans all of the ‘Halloween‘ films. There will be tons of new bonus features, every film in high-definition, collectible packaging, and a 40-page Booklet. You can expect this amazing set in time for Halloween season, specifically on September 23rd. It’s about time they did this, because Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street already have box sets. Glad to see ‘Halloween‘ is catching up with everyone else. Now if we can just get that ‘Phantasm‘ box set to release in the US instead of the UK, all will be well. And today, they have unveiled the amazing Box Art it comes in. This is Fantastic. I Can’t wait. And you can pre-order the set now for 30% off.

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Film Review: ‘Maleficent’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 30th, 2014

Janet W., Here…

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Different is not necessarily Evil. This is the lesson learned with the telling of King Arthur’s story through the eyes of Morgaine Le Fay in The Mists of AvalonMaleficent provides a different point of view for this timeless villain.  The original insight of Maleficent’s character was in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty where Maleficent was a wicked captor of a gentle beauty.  In her blazing greens and purples, she was terrifying and extremely menacing.  Maleficent offers the origin and growth of a fairy that is just a little bit different than the rest but nonetheless beautiful and powerful.

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