Tag Archives: creature feature

Swamp Thing (1982)

29 Oct

Seriously. This monster suit looks like a grade-school art project.

I went into “Swamp Thing” with fairly high hopes. One of my favorite ’80s scream queens is the star, and it was one of horror guru Wes Craven’s first larger budget movies, so I expected a certain level of sophistication, even if it proved fairly tame in the scare department. Imagine my (disappointed) surprise when what I got was essentially a made-for-TV movie. Continue reading

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It’s Alive (1974)

14 Oct

 

It's almost cruel how happy and calm they seem, isn't it?

 

The blurb for “It’s Alive” promised a blend of gore and giggles. Instead, I found it to be a blend of gore, social commentary and tragedy — even a bit like an after-school special in places — which is about as far from gore and giggles as you can get. Continue reading

Dog Soldiers (2002)

3 Oct

I'll confess: My heart leaped for joy and I made a squeaky little happy noise when I realized I was getting REAL LIVE werewolves and not CGI cartoons.

As much as I love a good vampire, zombie or werewolf flick, it’s easy to feel like the monster movie genre has nothing new to offer. Which is precisely why a film like Neil Marshall’s “Dog Soldiers” stands out. As the writer-director himself said, it’s a soldier film with werewolves in it, and not the other way around. It turns out that subtle difference in philosophy pays off big for audiences. Continue reading

Piranha 3-D (2010)

23 Aug

"Piranha 3-D" presents a cavalcade of carnage for the more discerning movie-going palate.

“Piranha 3-D” is a movie that knows exactly what it is, exactly who its audience is and exactly what it wants to accomplish in its 89 minutes of screen time. That it does so while stretching the boundaries of the word “gratuitous” is just part of the fun. Continue reading