“HOUSE OF THE DEAD”: THE DEAD EAT THE LIVING

It comes as no surprise, given that “House of the Dead” took more than three years to make it to the big screen, that the film’s script and story went through many revisions, moving it away from the military-genetic-research-gone-awry storyline, which was the premise of the video game, and more into the “teen scary movie” […]



Posted on May 2, 2003 by

“HOUSE OF THE DEAD”: THE DEAD EAT THE LIVING

IN THEATERS TOMORROW! The makers of the new zombie epic “House of the Dead,” which is inspired by the hit SEGA video game series of the same name, have created a new breed of zombie flesh-eaters who are more bloodthirsty and energetic than their screen predecessors…



Posted on May 2, 2003 by

THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 90 minutes

IN THEATERS! I can only assume that the TV show is just like the film: corny, light, predictable and gimmicky…


Posted on May 2, 2003 by

LARRY COHEN: MAN IN A PHONE BOOTH

Phone booths might be becoming extinct nowadays, but in the hands of Larry Cohen, the phone can be an object of pure horror. “The whole movie is one big horrific episode; it’s a masterpiece of suspense. The whole movie is shot in real time and it all takes place around the protagonist, through his eyes…



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LARRY COHEN: MAN IN A PHONE BOOTH

When the script for Phone Booth was sold to Fox 2000 in November of 1998, it gave Cohen the type of attention from mainstream Hollywood that he’d never received before, and for a man who’s been making films for over thirty years, mostly in the horror and exploitation genre, the attention has been a dream […]



Posted on April 4, 2003 by

LARRY COHEN: MAN IN A PHONE BOOTH

Finally, Cohen got a phone call from CAA that put things in motion. “They said, ‘Have you heard of Colin Farrell? He’s going to be Stuart Shepard,’” recalls Cohen whose next reaction was one of confusion. “I said, ‘Who the hell is Colin Farrell,’” recalls Cohen with a laugh. “Finally, they explained to me that […]



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LARRY COHEN: MAN IN A PHONE BOOTH

Stuart, the hero of Phone Booth, realizes a similarly terrifying dilemma as soon as he picks up that damn phone, partly through the appearance of a red riflescope dot that moves over his head. Predictably, other people soon converge on the infamous phone booth: A hooker and her pimp, desperate to get in their office, […]



Posted on April 4, 2003 by

“DREAMCATCHER”: CATCHING STEPHEN KING

Getting Freeman to come onboard was trickier for Kasdan. “First of all, we changed Morgan’s name in this film from Kurtz to Curtis,” says Kasdan referring to the fact that the Curtis character was named Kurtz in the King novel. “Stephen named Kurtz after the Marlon Brando character from Apocalypse Now and I changed that […]



Posted on March 26, 2003 by

“DREAMCATCHER”: CATCHING STEPHEN KING

The cast and crew of “Dreamcatcher” are more than confident that this will be the most successful King film ever, both artistically and commercially. According to Lawrence Kasdan, “Dreamcatcher” has the same basic ingredients that have made Stephen King’s novels so successful…



Posted on March 26, 2003 by

DREAMCATCHER

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Dreamcatcher” is either a great so-bad-it’s-good trash classic or a terrible failure. Unfortunately, the film is too formulaic and wildly overlong to be a true guilty pleasure. I wonder how horror fans will respond to the non-stop action and the plentiful gore…


Posted on March 20, 2003 by

DARK BLUE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 118 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Dark Blue” isn’t in the same league as “L.A. Confidential” and “Training Day,” but it squeaks by because of its ambitious scope, tense action scenes and a welcome return to form by Kurt Russell. If they were still making westerns, the plot of “Dark Blue” would feel right at home…


Posted on February 17, 2003 by

“FINAL DESTINATION 2″: NO CRASH LANDING

People who have a fear of flying are seldom comforted by the statistic that death is six times more likely to happen in a car than in a plane. It was with that pleasant thought that the makers of “Final Destination 2″ decided to keep the sequel to the surprise 2000 hit grounded, trying to make it six times as scary as the original. “I think this one is less predictable…” says director David Ellis…



Posted on February 7, 2003 by

“FINAL DESTINATION 2″: NO CRASH LANDING

Jeffrey Reddick, the writer of Final Destination, and an executive producer on “Final Destination 2,” originally sold the Final Destination project based only on a skimpy twelve page outline, then entitled “Flight 180,” that hooked producers Craig Perry and Warren Zide, who commissioned Glen Morgan and James Wong of “The X-Files” fame to rewrite the […]



Posted on February 7, 2003 by

FINAL DESTINATION 2

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN THEATERS! If Death can’t be any scarier than he is in the awful “Final Destination 2,” he should be replaced.


Posted on February 5, 2003 by

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 107 minutes

IN THEATERS, FEBRUARY 7TH! I love Jackie Chan and I enjoyed “Shanghai Noon” a lot, but “Shanghai Knights” is like a Hong Kong version of “The Cannonball Run” with Jackie as Burt, Owen Wilson as Dom DeLuise and lots of pratfalls disguised as car crashes. Jackie looks a little tired this time as if he still knows the moves, but not the feelings…


Posted on February 5, 2003 by

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