Wednesday, December 11, 2013

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

As with the previous review this movie is somewhat difficult to find online without downloading a file and risking your hard drive to Gawd-knows-what kind of virus. Hence there will be a link and no embed for this flick. With the perfunctory stuff out of the way let's get to the movie.

This is, more-or-less, a perfunctory (yes, again) refresher course of the Dark Shadows television enterprise. Much of the plot is a rehashing of what was on the show though in a time lapse sort of way with everything culminating in mere minutes where it took the series months and years to impart.

This is both a good and bad thing. Good for those new to the drama and bad for those who have seen it all. That is, if you like the movie then you'll surely love the old reruns. The same thing cannot necessarily be said for the rabid fans of the show. You'll watch it because you have to and any other benefits derived will be purely superficial.

Having said that, one can never get enough Barnabas Collins. And now that Jonathan Frid has passed you'll have to cling to whatever fragment of elegantly parlayed fury you can grasp onto. This isn't a bad start or finish. At least not in comparison with the other DS movie Night of Dark Shadows, which is without Frid and much of the show's original allure.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Let The Right Ones In (2008)

I haven't done a review in two months and with good reason, I haven't watched any movies since October. Then a hankering came for some Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me and 1984 and here I am again.

While there is no proper embed for this film it is free to watch on viooz. I'm not sure how they get away with doing so but they seem to have every movie that I search for on the site. You have to avoid downloading or agreeing to a few popup's recommendatons but that's the price for freedom, Nancy boy.

As for the films itself--and despite numerous sites and top lists counting it as a favorite among the genre--I found it quite trite and sophomoric. That's coming from a cretin that watches those Charlie Brown most offensive parodies and howls riotously. But with the plot being about two prepubescents, it sticks to that mindset throughout with adolescent themes: bullying, first kisses, going steady, divorce, blah blah blah.

Not that the acting isn't good enough or some of the scenes rendering interesting perspective but they are few and far between. This is definitely B-movie-ish with full intent on being classic horror. I don't see it that way. It's more in the vein of throwaway vampirism to me and it takes a lot to achieve that status with a low budget aptitude such as mine.