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Leprechaun: Origins (2014)
“The filmmakers have taken a Jaws approach to their tale, showing the titular monster only in snippets till late in the film. Borrowing a cinematic technique from a more skilled craftsman, creativity does not make. Especially if your whole marketing campaign is based on the name value of the creature and the actor in the suit”
Saw III (2006)
“The torture-minded maniacal master planner, Jigsaw, is back with a new set of deadly death devices and a new group of players in his twisted game of morality and mortality. The third movie in the series of seven, is not as clever or well-though out as the previous sequel, though the squeamish content anne has been upped.”
Interview: Michael Jai White
“I want to take into account the expectations of the moviegoers, I don't want to bore them. We know they have seem similar stuff hundreds and hundreds of times. I don't think that gives the viewer anything interesting.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
“...long faded is any suspense or terror in this series, as we watch one unmemorable youngster slaughtered after another. The originality comes in the form of outlandish ways to murder teenagers, and The Dream Child doesn't disappoint on that base level. It also gives us no one to root for, and a villain who makes a mere cameo in his own flick.”
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween 6 has a polished professional sheen to it, the lighting and sound design is impressive and the casting of Paul Rudd is a good choice. But, the third act is so convoluted that it renders the entire film pointless and utterly incomprehensible.”
Vampire Academy (2014)
Vampire Academy want so badly to be the hip, irreverent, genre mash-up that made Buffy so popular. But the film's attempt at coercing laughs or affinity with its heroines is hopeless. The plotting is confused, the never-ending expository sequences are fumbled and the tone veers wildly into odd territory.”

The Fly II (1989)
“Handing the directing reigns over to OSCAR winning make-up effects guru Chris Walas belies the producers intent for this second entry. This is a quickly produced creature feature that lacks the strong horror/tragedy tonal fusion of the 1986 classic.”
The Fly (1986)
“...this effective tale is told in the grand tradition of Man vs. Science flicks from the 1950, given a touch of pathos and outstanding creature effects, all accompanied by a outstanding score from Howard Shore.”
You’re Next (2013)
“I find it hard to sit through the typically moronic, redundant, and gory films that constitute the majority of today's horror offerings. So, I was pleasantly surprised at just how entertaining and (relatively) smart You're Next turned out to be.”

Dark Shadows (2012)
“I'm recommending Dark Shadows because it sets an appropriate tone early on and sticks to it, mixing suicides, blood-sucking, and the abandonment of children, with a few laugh-out-loud moments. This is Burton's most assured work in a long time.”
Devil’s Due (2014)
Devil's Due is like watching all the worst footage from a stranger's honeymoon video, interspersed with a few 'jump' moments. Hardworking leads Allison Miller and Zach Gilford do their best but the movie is so formulaic and obvious that it becomes a rudimentary checklist for genre requirements.”
Night of the Creeps (1986)
“Here is a clever B-movie that was all but overlooked in its theatrical run, resurrected from the annals of box-office bomb infamy and given new life as a cult favorite on the burgeoning home-video format. I must admit it has taken me 18 years to catch up with this terrific genre send-up, that plays like a mix between Brian DePalma's work and the lunacy of Jerry Zucker's spoof flicks.”

I, Frankenstein (2014)
“The once novel idea of casting Bill Nighy as a cold-blooded villain, has now officially worn out its welcome. I, Frankenstein isn't an insultingly bad movie, it's just a dopey romp through mediocre special effects and derivative writing.”
Sabotage (2014)
Sabotage may start with a violent opening sequence, but it is a slow burn type of action-thriller, the kind that Walter Hill once specialized in. Director/co-Writer David Ayer, who has made a living on law enforcement corruption pictures, again delivers another story about officers who stradle the line between protector and aggressor.”
The Lego Movie (2014)
The Lego Movie is one of the years' wittiest delights.”

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