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Why am I reviewing these two new flicks together, when one
is hitting theaters all over the country in 3D and the other went straight to
DVD/Blu-ray this week? Let me count the ways…
In 2009’s THE COLLECTOR, directed by Marcus Dunstan from a
screenplay he wrote with Patrick Melton, we were introduced to Arkin (Josh
Stewart), a comparatively innocent thief attempting to burglarize a house.
Unfortunately, that home is simultaneously invaded by the Collector, a masked
man who likes to wipe out a whole group of people in a short span of time via
inventive contraptions. However, he always spares one to “collect,” torture at
leisure and ultimately display for his own viewing pleasure.
Built on a history of neglect and family secrets, the
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise has, until now and however unintentionally,
managed to question why exactly we move to the suburbs. Peace, and quiet and
family and freedom? The freedom from worry, from our childhood scars, from neurotically checking on the
kids and from believing they might be getting into trouble when out of
sight. Of course, kids get into trouble everywhere and in this series, they do
it with demons.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 is the first film in the series to be
as funny as it is scary, and that’s not a bad thing, as it seems to have been
intentional, and was probably the right direction at this point in the
The title SINISTER sounds like INSIDIOUS, and the movie was
backed by one of the same people and carries some of the same virtues. It also
has a number of qualities that set it apart from its predecessor, and
significantly above most run-of-the-mill modern horror fare.
One of the fun things about watching the multipart
found-footage horror film V/H/S, for those knowledgable about its various
directors but not about who did which part, is trying to figure out who was
responsible for which segment.
RIGAMORTIS: A ZOMBIE LOVE STORY is a tongue-in-cheek musical
romance set against the backdrop of a standard Romero-inspired zombie outbreak,
and it’s…cute. It’s not really for hardcore horror fans, and anyone with an
aversion to song numbers is going to despise it, but if winking sendups of
relentlessly upbeat GLEE-esque revues are your thing, there will be much for
you to like here. Like, but probably not love.
On the surface, COME OUT AND PLAY is simply a flat, soulless
remake of one of the killer kid greats, WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? Coupled with
one-named director Makinov’s bullshit, it’s a joke.
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