video review : Basket Case

video review : Basket Case

This horror flick, some scenes of which might even be nightmare-inducing, would be good if the characterization wasn’t so bad. That comes in the form of misplaced comedy, underacting; the protagonist is as wooden as that Basket he carries around; and overacting. People scream a lot in this movie.

The plot has Duane, a newcomer to New York City, helping his formerly conjoined twin brother; a little freakishly deformed “monster”; get revenge on (kill) the people responsible for separating them. It’s a quirky and campy concept that, while engrossing, would be better if it took itself a bit more seriously.

my rating : 3 of 5

1982

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video review : Host

video review : Host

This movie, which, at less than an hour long, hardly qualifies as such, is about friends getting together via Zoom during the Covid-19 “lockdown” to participate in a séance. They’re Hosted by a girl named Haley. It’s her friend who connects them to the “spirit realm”.

After a few jokes, it becomes a horror movie; one inspired by Rec; it’s actually based on a real-life internet prank inspired by Rec; presented in the style of Unfriended with all the silly scare tactics of the Paranormal Activity series. I jumped once. Cute girls though.

my rating : 1 of 5

2020

video review : Swallow

video review : Swallow

You’d think a flick about a cute girl who likes to swallow would be a thrill. Hunter, a New York housewife with a compulsive disorder that makes her eat inedible objects like marbles and needles, brings about a few moments of suspense near the end, but most everything before it is a case study in oddball storytelling.

It’s not just crazy Hunter. Other people also say and do weird things, which give their world a Tim Burton kind of feel. An angry outburst from her otherwise amiable husband, for example, seems totally out of character. The movie is ultimately okay enough, but if there’s a point or underlining message, it’s lost on me.

my rating : 3 of 5

2019