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  Return to Halloweentown (2006)
Posted by: Kevin R. - Today, 04:42 AM - Forum: Comedy - Replies (1)

Return to Halloweentown (2006)

Rated TV-PG

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Quote:Marnie Piper arrives at the Halloweentown University - known to everyone as Witch U. Her best friend Aneesa is a student there too, and before you can say `abracadabra' the bewitching pair find themselves in magical mischief and mayhem.

The one that a lot of fans like to pretend doesn't exist. I personally don't think it was that terrible... but yeah, it's pretty bad. I normally like Sara Paxton in the other movies I've seen her in, but she was not nearly as memorable as Kimberly J. Brown was in the second and third movies, especially given that the two of them looked nothing alike; something tells me they cast her because they wanted a marketable idol singer, this being the Disney Channel shortly after High School Musical came out. The magic of the series was also heavily scrubbed out, replaced with the obnoxious Sinister Sisters who felt like a poor man's Plastics and got on my nerves with their every appearance. It had some redeeming qualities, but they were all tertiary to the rest of the film.

My full review is here.

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  Halloweentown High (2004)
Posted by: Kevin R. - Today, 04:18 AM - Forum: Comedy - No Replies

Halloweentown High (2004)

Rated TV-G

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Quote:Marnie organizes a student exchange program between her mortal school and the Halloweentown High. The first students to participate in this program are a witch, a warlock, a troll, and an ogre.

Not as good as the first two, but still better than the one that followed. The racism metaphor was ahead of its time in some ways but handled pretty clumsily in others, especially with the villain and how neatly everything is wrapped up, and a lot of the writing and tropes felt recycled from '80s John Hughes movies. But the cast was good, and while the jokes are cornier than ever even with the characters now teenagers, a lot of them still worked in spite of themselves.

My full review is here.

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  Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
Posted by: Kevin R. - Today, 04:12 AM - Forum: Comedy - No Replies

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)

Rated TV-PG

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Quote:An angry warlock has stolen a magic spell book and plans to turn everyone into whatever costume they're wearing at midnight on Halloween. It's a race against time to get the book back and save the humans from permanent horror.

This was probably the best of the Halloweentown movies in my book. The cast was better, the special effects were better, they got a good director in Mary Lambert, and it had a genuinely creepy Tim Burton vibe going for it in the scenes set in the "corrupted" Halloweentown, even if it's not quite as whimsical as it was before. IMO, this is where this series really came into its own.

My full review is here.

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  "The Tree of Death"
Posted by: JamesGBoswell - Yesterday, 05:28 PM - Forum: Books & Comics - No Replies

Pedro Oliveira circled a spot on the map that lay unfolded on the table before him. A thin film of sweat shined upon his forehead. Dust motes floated in the light that beamed through the hut's wooden shutters.

He tapped his pen in the circle as he looked at Isabella Silva and said, "Here's the place, Professor Silva. The last known location of the Apuelito tribe. It's a month's journey from here through the jungle on foot, but you shouldn't go there. No one should. It's too dangerous."

Isabella said, "Thank you, Mr. Oliveira. I appreciate your concern, but I've been searching for this lost rainforest tribe for many years. I'm too close now to give up. Besides, I've been on a half-dozen expeditions through the jungle, the last two of them by myself. I think I'll be fine."

Read the whole story here: http://jamesgboswell.com/2019/10/the-tree-of-death/

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  Halloweentown (1998)
Posted by: Kevin R. - 11-16-2019, 06:52 PM - Forum: Comedy - No Replies

Halloweentown (1998)

Rated TV-G

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Quote:Marnie and her siblings get a big shock when they follow Grandma home to Halloweentown -- and find out they come from a family of witches. The town is the only place where supernatural beings can lead a "normal" life, but trouble is looming, and on her 13th birthday Marnie not only finds she is a witch, but that she and her family are involved in a fight against the evil that is threatening to take over the world.

I had never seen any of these movies growing up, even though I was smack dab in the middle of the age bracket they were targeted to, and having enjoyed Hocus Pocus when I watched it for the first time last month, I decided to give them a shot. On the first one: it's corny, but I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like Harry Potter meets The Nightmare Before Christmas, a silly and enjoyable family comedy that's at its best when it's bringing the viewer into its world of fantasy and monsters, enough to make up for some lame jokes and, save for Debbie Reynolds (who was always one of the best things about these films), a cast that didn't really come into its own until the second film.

My full review is here.

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  Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019)
Posted by: Kevin R. - 11-13-2019, 01:42 PM - Forum: Documentary - No Replies

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019)

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Quote:Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street sets the records straight about the controversial sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street, which ended Mark Patton’s acting career, just as it was about to begin. Scream, Queen! follows Patton as he travels to horror conventions across the U.S., each new city unwrapping a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” Scream, Queen! also finds Patton confronting the Freddy’s Revenge cast and crew for the first time, including co-stars Robert Rusler, Kim Myers, and Clu Gulager, as well as Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

Popcorn Frights screened this and Freddy's Revenge together earlier this month, and had Mark Patton in attendance for Q&A sessions on both. This was a very enlightening documentary on the history of both the horror genre and gay culture in the '80s, particularly the panic of the AIDS crisis, and specifically how it destroyed Patton's career and caused him to move to Mexico. There were a few assertions on its part that I had some quibbles with, but even if I still don't think Freddy's Revenge is a particularly good movie, this film did a great job of getting me to reconsider it.

My full review is here.

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  How comfortable are you with ambiguity in horror?
Posted by: JamesGBoswell - 11-11-2019, 11:08 PM - Forum: Books & Comics - No Replies

One thing I've noticed is that there's a spectrum when it comes to comfort levels with ambiguity as a plot device in horror. Some people prefer the very ambiguous, creeping, growing dread of existential horror like in Bird Box, while others prefer the explicit, in-your-face, "I'm going to kill you right now with this knife I'm holding in my hand"-sort of unambiguous terror like in slashers and gore-fests.

I fall almost completely on the side of the former; I don't want to see what the monster looks like or even know if there's really a monster there at all, I just want to be afraid that there could be a monster and believe it's probably horrible, if so. What about you?

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  "Burn: Horror Stories" is dread-inducing, mind-twisting, existential horror
Posted by: JamesGBoswell - 11-09-2019, 04:27 PM - Forum: Books & Comics - No Replies

"Burn: Horror Stories" is a collection of dread-inducing, mind-twisting, existential horror stories inspired by The Twilight Zone and H.P. Lovecraft. It's now available on Amazon for 33 percent off until Nov. 13.

Visit the book's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XH1FPP1

A man's wife and business partner believe they killed him as part of an insurance scam, but then he reappears as if nothing happened. Two fugitives take shelter in an abandoned industrial facility, but what they find inside might be more dangerous than what pursues them. A tech guru's lifestyle is immersed in smart technology, but what if it's so smart, it's dangerous? The parents of an out-of-control child will do anything to curb her awful behavior, but at what cost? A woman awakens upside down in a totaled car with no recollection of how she got there. Will she be able to find help, or will something more sinister find her first? These stories and more await you in this collection of existential horror by James G. Boswell.

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  Scream 5
Posted by: Boy Interrupted - 11-07-2019, 04:23 AM - Forum: Upcoming Horror Movies - Replies (1)

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  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Posted by: TyeSays - 11-05-2019, 04:10 PM - Forum: Sci-Fi Horror - Replies (1)

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In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior of several San Francisco restaurateurs. He begins to notice that even those closest to him are behaving in a detached fashion. The source of this ennui is an alien attack.

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