Murder Party (2007) Movie Review

Jeremy Saulnier, the mind behind recent indie thriller successes Blue Ruin and Green Room, began his feature directorial career in 2007 with the low-budget horror comedy Murder Party. In it, a man (Chris Sharp) finds an invitation to a Halloween “murder party,” makes himself a cardboard knight costume, and ventures to the secluded warehouse where the party is taking place.


Instead of a costume party, though, the loner Christopher finds himself a Continue reading Murder Party (2007) Movie Review

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Movie Review

A recent early review of Ouija: Origin of Evil—the unasked for sequel to 2014’s Ouija—by the A.V. Club is entitled “Ouija: Origin of Evil is much better than it needs to be.” Indeed, critic Katie Rife describes director Mike Flanagan’s (Oculus, Hush) film as “more thoughtful and more meticulously crafted than it needs to be.”


The remainder of the review is more conventional, about what one would expect from a horror movie review. What is most troubling about this review is Continue reading Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Movie Review

Mascots (2016) Movie Review

Christopher Guest has made a career out of droll, talking-head mockumentary films that satirize naive, self-centered hopefuls in one career or another. While the formula has certainly worked for Guest in the past, there is a precipitous threshold over which the deadpan ensemble piece becomes reductive.


Mascots is Best in Show with people in costumes. The ensemble of eccentric sports mascots travel to the annual mascot competition to compete for the Golden Fluffy award. Many of Guest’s go-to players return: Continue reading Mascots (2016) Movie Review

Shin Godzilla (2016) Movie Review

Off the coast of Japan, a massive “anomalous” underwater volcano causes damage to the underground tunnel system and arouses the attention of the Prime Minister and his cabinet. But is it really a volcano…


Of course, it is really the most famous of all kaiju: Godzilla. Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence as it is being dubbed in the West) is the first Continue reading Shin Godzilla (2016) Movie Review

Contracted (2013) Movie Review

STDs are inherently scary. But there are STDs, and then there are…stranger STDs. Sam (Najarra Townsend) attends the party of an old friend, reluctantly drinking as she waits for her girlfriend Nikki (Katie Stegeman) to arrive. When she doesn’t, she is instead coaxed into the car of a creepy, standoffish man. From the next morning forward, nothing is quite the same for Sam.


Contracted takes an interesting perspective on sexuality in light of Continue reading Contracted (2013) Movie Review

Krampus (2015) Movie Review

It’s Christmas in October at CineFiles, as we watch last year’s Krampus, a film about the eponymous antithesis of Santa Claus, a half-goat, half-demon who punishes naughty children during the holiday season.


In Krampus, we meet a strained nuclear family: the workaholic father who Continue reading Krampus (2015) Movie Review

The Flop House Trilogy: Head of the Family (1996) Movie Review

We continue our Halloween Horror trilogy, in which we discuss the three films oft-recommended by Stuart Wellington on the comedy podcast The Flop House. In this installment, we talk about Head of the Family, an exploitation horror film in its truest form.


The person behind Full Moon Features, home to many Continue reading The Flop House Trilogy: Head of the Family (1996) Movie Review

One man. Millions of movies.