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1. Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

34 Metascore

When Scrat's acorn sends an asteroid to Earth, the Herd must find a way to stop the asteroid from hitting Earth with the help of a returning friend.

Directors: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu | Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Chris Wedge

Votes: 51,733 | Gross: $64.06M

Why can't we fear the apocalypse like normal families? 01.01.2019.

"Collision Course" may be an attempt to milk a dying cow, there are no really hilarious moments and it is a bit over-the-top, but it is not nearly as bad as its reputation and ratings on film sites suggest. It holds attention from beginning to end, has a decent plot and well-known and beloved characters are here again to make us emotional and cheer us up. The quality of the franchise has definitely declined, but it's still good, and I honestly enjoyed this movie.

7/10

2. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 431,963 | Gross: $57.94M

Event Reborn 02.01.2019.

Someone in my FB movie group recently mentioned this movie and I couldn't recall it in my memory, so I went to take a look at my own review. But there wasn't one. When I saw it again, I understood why I didn't write anything after the previous watching. I had to sleep on it, for impressions to settle, before I was able to evaluate it, even subjectively.

"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world." - Chaos Theory

And in essence, this is the basis of the film's plot. Ashton Kutcher plays a young man who finds a way to change the details of his own past, thus completely changing the present and the future. Unfortunately, every time he fixes one thing, he simultaneously messes up something else, embroiling himself in playing God more and more.

It's fun to watch actors from your favorite series ("That '70s Show", "Daredevil", "My name is Earl"...) all together in the same movie. When actors go from film to film, there is not enough time to connect them closely with the characters they interpret, as is the case with actors who interpret the character in the series from episode to episode for many seasons. And when they appear in a movie, after we've watched them for years as the same characters in a series, it is a bit strange. And when there are more such actors in the same movie... confusing.

For its relatively small $ 13 million budget, the film is technically great, the acting is good, and the story keeps your attention from start to finish. I mostly like the fact that the film has a mindfuck charm, although it's not one, because everything's pretty much clear all the time. There are four alternative endings and both times I saw "director's cut", which has the most striking finale. I don't want to write spoilers, but if you saw or will see this version, pay attention to the relation between the scene where Ashton's mother tells him that she had a few miscarriages and the way our protagonist resolves the whole situation. When my brain linked these two things, the entire movie significantly gained strength.

8/10

3. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 40,425 | Gross: $14.40M

Even a carpenter would do it better (pun intended) 03.01.2019.

After several minutes of ugly, monotonous and boring opening credits I already doubted that the movie will be any better. I was not wrong. The film is a disaster. Carpenter intended for every movie in the "Halloween" franchise to be a separate story, but after the success of the first one, they forced him to make a direct sequel. With the third film he returned to his original idea and failed terribly. The film has nothing to do with its predecessors, nor with the brain. Somehow they managed to make a movie in which the story feels hasted, although the film itself is rather slow and boring. The acting is mournful, and the film is in every way cheap and badly done, as if the carpenter hammered it from leftovers. The story is dull, unconvincing and pointless and overall resembles mediocre episode of some cheap TV series like "Tales from the Darkside" or "Monsters" ("Twilight Zone" is for this unreachable masterpiece). It is hard to believe that this is actually a part of the legendary franchise, and not an amateur TV movie. And just when I asked myself why I even waste my time on something so incredibly stupid, the movie surprised me and became even more stupid. The peak of shame transfer was reached in the extremely corny cliché in the motel room, the scene that almost made me vomit. And a totally battered final plot twist knocked the last nail in the coffin of this garbage. Literally the only thing in this movie that is worth seeing is the beauty of Stacey Nelkin, but I advise you, from all my heart, to simply google her photos instead.

3/10

4. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: Dark Matters (1995)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A cargo ship is forced from hyperspace into a strange region of "dark matter" where some of the normal laws of physics seem not to apply - even the dead linger, unable to find their reward.... See full summary »

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Michael Dolan, Allison Hossack, David Cubitt

Votes: 282

Religious space SF 04.01.2019.

The transport spaceship gets pulled from hyperspace and gets stuck in the curvature of space and time. The crew soon discovers two more ships, one military and one alien. Soon the crews of these ships appear on their ship in an immaterial state. Holograms? Ghosts? Energy residues?

The episode quite convincingly presents the technical and spiritual elements of the story, exploring morale, religion, and human nature through SF drama. Technically it's nothing special, since this is just an episode of a low-budget series, but the story is interesting and the acting is above average for this type of series. One of the main roles is played by Annette O'Toole, known for the role of Lana Lang in the first Superman series and Martha Kent, Superman's mother in the "Smallville".

6/10

5. The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Based on the H. P. Lovecraft story of the same name, a folklorist investigates reports of unusual creatures in Vermont only to uncover more than he bargained for

Director: Sean Branney | Stars: Annie Abrams, Zack Gold, Stephen Blackehart, Autumn Wendel

Votes: 2,650

True Lovecraft 07.01.2019.

This black and white SF mystery is in every aspect designed to conjure up the experience of reading Lovecraft. Lovecraft is respected both with the story and atmosphere, which makes the film one of the rare true adaptations of this great horror-fantasy author. Its style resembles Film Noir quite a lot, and only quality of the picture breaks down the illusion that you are watching a movie from the first half of the last century. Even the opening and the ending credits are archaic. This is an independent low-budget film, produced by "The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society". Despite the low budget and unknown actors, the film is very well shot and acted, and the lack of money for quality CGI is offset by excellent directorial tricks that are, at least for my taste, far more effective in intimidating than the technically costly, but essentially cheap CGI explicitness. Unfortunately, towards the end, they decided to break the tension, gradually built with quality hints, by an explicit depiction of extraterrestrial beings. But even that did not turn out to be so bad to completely spoil the experience, although I would personally prefer if they have abstained from this move. Overall, I am very pleased and I would like to see more of such adaptations of my favorite authors in the future. The only thing from this century with which I could compare it, on the basis of personal experience, is the video game "Undying" by Clive Barker from 2001. If you played it and liked it, you will probably like "The Whisperer in Darkness". If you did not, and you like this movie, you should try out the excellent interactive horror of my favorite video game.

7/10

6. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: The Conversion (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An omniscient friendly stranger tries to convince a man on the run who tried to kill his corrupt backstabbing boss but ended up accidentally killing three bystanders instead that there is a way for him to redeem himself.

Director: Rebecca De Mornay | Stars: John Savage, Beau Starr, Rebecca De Mornay, Frank Whaley

Votes: 417

Your hand doesn't end where mine begins. It never ends. 07.01.2019.

A young businessman involved in financial manipulation ends up in prison, while his accomplices go unpunished and turn their back on him. After release from prison, he decides to retaliate, but things go wrong and he ends up seriously wounded and guilty of triple murder. On the run, a complete stranger approaches him and offers him a chance for redemption and a new beginning. The episode is very atmospheric and deals with the inner struggle of the individual between good and evil, selfishness and selflessness, instinct and self-control, material and spiritual. Although its mostly two men talking at the restaurant table, this is the best episode of the series so far, and it's unlikely they'll surpass it.

7,5/10

7. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 342,813 | Gross: $39.87M

Just to be with her 08.01.2019.

At the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century, the poor boy falls in love with a young duchess, but because of class differences, they were forbidden to see each other. Soon he leaves Vienna, but fifteen years later returns and, under the new name, becomes a famous illusionist. They meet on one of his performances and the old flame revives. Since she is now a fiancé of the Prince, it will take much more than the cheap tricks to reunite them.

This mysterious romantic drama features superb cinematography, dark atmosphere and a great cast, led by Edward Norton, one of the greatest actors of his generation. The main female role was meant to be interpreted by Liv Tyler, but, luckily, she gave up at the last minute, and in her place came the fascinating Jessica Biel. There are also Rufus Sewell in the role of Prince and Paul Giamatti, who was excellent in perhaps the most interesting role in the film. The story is told elegantly, with a sophisticated sense of humor and details, and all the time keeps you in anticipation and speculation, not allowing your imagination to sleep.

8,5/10

8. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 285,782 | Gross: $119.39M

"Baby, you make me wish I had three hands" 10.01.2019.

In its time, "Total Recall" was heavily hyped and it earned cult status almost overnight. It must be admitted - quite deserved. The story is good, it is greatly shot and directed, and the effects are spectacular for 1990. On top of that add the sex bomb Sharon Stone and one of the greatest action heroes of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and success is guaranteed. Even thirty years later, the movie is not as outdated as it could be expected. However, some decisions were, in my opinion, a mistake. As much as Schwarzenegger was a great advertisement at the time, I think the film would be much better with some quality actor in the lead role. Schwarzenegger simply makes it too silly, which this adaptation of Philip K. Dick certainly does not deserve. In addition, the chemistry between him and any of the main actresses is flat zero. Sharon, on the other hand, nailed her role, and thanks to this performance she got a chance to play in the "Basic Instinct", which secured her glory. The other thing that bothered me is the too obvious violation of the laws of physics in order to squeeze as many spectacular effects as possible. When people find themselves on the airless surface of Mars they begin to distort as if they were going to explode. While this definitely looks interesting, and, with the three-breasted prostitute, it is one of the scenes that will forever remain in your memory, in reality, they would simply and completely unspectacularly suffocate. But let's attribute this to artistic freedom, because this is a sci-fi action and its aim is primarily to entertain, and that definitely works.

7,5/10

9. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur

Votes: 40,996 | Gross: $17.77M

Cops do it by the book 11.01.2019.

After the first two movies, the rest of the franchise has quite a bad reputation and, after the terrible third installment, I was at the edge of giving up on it. However, my masochistic OCD could not leave me be. I had to continue. "The Return of Michael Myers" is a fairly decent film in every respect, and observed separately, an average horror of the eighties. But as the fourth part of the "Halloween", this film brings nothing new, neither technically nor essentially, and in no way contributes to the franchise. Basically, it reprises its predecessors with a new cast and, while not bad, it is completely unneeded, redundant, and if you watched the previous parts, quite boring. However, there are a couple of interesting attributes. For maintaining a decent level of tension in the second part of the movie I assign it one point. Another point for the performance of Danielle Harris, who, for an eleven-years-old, has played the lead very well. It earned the third point with a quite good ending twist. And finally, one more point for each of Kathleen Kinmont's boobs.

5/10

10. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: Quality of Mercy (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Major John Skokes has been captured by the seemingly unbeatable aliens with whom humanity are at war. His companion is a young cadet captured on a training flight, Bree Tristan. Skokes must... See full summary »

Director: Brad Turner | Stars: Robert Patrick, Nicole de Boer, Mark McCracken, Kevin Conway

Votes: 500

Unbelievably good 11.01.2019.

I really did not expect something like this. The ratings I give to episodes of series of this type do not belong to the same scale at which I estimate movies. Simply, you have to give some slack to a low-budget SF TV series. But when this episode is concerned, there really is no need. This 45 minutes SF drama takes place in one room and with only two actors, but it was enough for authors to build a powerful atmosphere, quality characterization, and excellent development of a quite tense and emotional story. Some say that the final twist was obvious from the start, but I really did not expect it.

8/10

11. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 232,571 | Gross: $58.88M

"It's safe to say we're separated" 12.01.2019.

"Total Recall" from 2012 is much better done than its predecessor from 1990. I did not read the story of Philip K. Dick, but while I watched it, I would bet that it was more faithful to the original material than the first film. And I'd lose that bet. The first film is a quite loose adaptation of Dick's story, while the second is based on the first and not on the source material and, although it is quite different, it takes on a lot of details that are not in the book. The atmosphere is more serious and darker, and Colin Farrell is much more convincing than Schwarzenegger. The same applies to the girls in the main female roles, who are also way hotter than those from the original movie. At any time I would change the year with Sharon Stone and five with Rachel Ticotin for just one night with either of these two, for which I have learned "Blade" and "Underworld" by heart. They brainwash him to forget Jessica Biel and plant Kate Beckinsale instead... Really tragic. I'm so sorry for him that I am willing to take his place in Kate's bed, so that he can search for his true love in peace. Three-breasted prostitute here is also much more beautiful than her predecessor, and the entire rest of the cast is also more attractive and/or better actors than the previous set. Nevertheless, while the 1990 movie is a striking adventurous SF thriller, the 2012 film is a classic action blockbuster, masked in the reboot of its predecessor, with which it shares only a similar premise and a bunch of essentially irrelevant details. Although technically better and seemingly more serious, it is essentially empty and forgettable, unlike the first one which, despite all the flaws, has remained in the vivid memory even after almost thirty years.

6/10

12. Hellraiser: Deader (2005 Video)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A journalist uncovers an underground group who can bring back the dead and slowly becomes drawn into their world.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Kari Wuhrer, Paul Rhys, Simon Kunz, Marc Warren

Votes: 8,539

"Don't you think for a second you are not in danger" 14.01.2019.

"Deader" is another in the series of "Hellraiser" films filmed under scenarios that originally have nothing to do with this franchise, but are subsequently adapted to fit into it. In my opinion, this is so far the best "Hellraiser" installment, and I think it would be even better if it was made independently from the franchise. The elements that are inserted to link it to the franchise are obvious and unnaturally sticking out from the rest of the story. The story itself is typically Barker-ish dark and creepy, but also quite realistic, which makes it more terrifying and tense than horror based on fantastic creatures and situations. Excellent directing by Rick Bota and several masterly positioned jump-scares additionally increase the tension. Kari Wuhrer carries the entire movie on her shoulders and I really don't understand, with such a convincing performance, combined with her looks and sex appeal, how this actress is not much better known.

On IMDb, this film has 4/10, which is probably due to the disappointment of Pinhead and Cenobite fans, because "Deader" essentially has nothing to do with Barker's mythos. If I was not dead set to see the entire franchise, this rating would probably deter me from watching it and I would miss one of the best films of the genre I've seen in recent years. I am very satisfied and I'm giving it a strong eight.

8/10

13. Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)

PG | 83 min | Comedy

33 Metascore

The alumni of Commandant Lassard's Police Academy (1984) return to the school to train new recruits and prevent its closure.

Director: Jerry Paris | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow

Votes: 40,204 | Gross: $43.58M

There should be more of Michael Winslow 15.01.2019.

The third film sticks to the recipe established by the previous two, but why change the winning combination. The same cast in the same roles once more performs the same jokes in a slightly changed environment. The movie does not bring anything new, but the old stuff did not become boring just yet. Pouring sand in the desert will not be able to drag people to the theater forever, but for now it still works just fine. You will not be thrilled, but you will relax and have a good time.

6/10

14. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: The New Breed (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A desperate dying man injects himself with experimental nanobots that can supposedly cure anything. It works, but then his body starts to hideously mutate. He asks his soon-to-be brother-in-law, who invented the nanobots, for help.

Director: Mario Azzopardi | Stars: Richard Thomas, Peter Outerbridge, Tammy Isbell, L. Harvey Gold

Votes: 319

What happens when the cure grows more fearsome than the disease 15.01.2019.

A terminal patient injects experimental nanobots and overnight the disease disappears, and he slowly turns into a superman. But what happens when nanobots have nothing more to fix?

This is another SF drama dealing with the consequences of human playing God. This time in the main roles are better-known actors, Richard Thomas and Peter Outerbridge. The story is interesting, nicely developed and, unlike most of the episodes of this and similar series, does not feel rushed. and for an additional atmosphere, it is enriched with a spicy sex scene and tastefully measured nudity of Tammy Isbell.

7/10

15. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror

While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang | Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, Han Chen Wang

Votes: 3,527

Count-Fu Dracula 16.01.2019.

The story is original, interesting and nicely developed. The mixture of the classic "Van Helsing vs. Dracula" plot with Chinese kung-fu movies was, at least for me, something completely new, it held my attention and entertained me well. But the movie simply screams "seventies." A potentially top-notch horror adventure disrupts the frivolous atmosphere typical of the B production of this period. Constant overacting and masks and requisites, which look as if they were purchased from the Chinese department store for kids' toys, do not allow you to fully experience the adventure, because the scenes on the screen for a good part of the film leave an impression of silly parody. And on the army of the undead and their bouncing around better not to comment. This is the only film about Dracula from Hammer Films that does not contain the name of Dracula in its title and the only one in which Dracula is not played by Christopher Lee, who turned down the role after reading the script. Also, this film claims that Dracula has spent the whole century, from 1804 to 1904, in China, which is contradictory to the timeline of other Hammer films about the famous vampire. However, originality and strangeness of the story, directing in which you can feel the influence of Kurosawa and Leone (or at least it seemed so to me) and overall fun atmosphere distinguish this film from the rest of the franchise and make it one of the most interesting Hammer productions. It is worth a look.

7/10

16. Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

Gamers playing a MMORPG based on the "Hellraiser" films find their lives endangered after being invited to a rave, the host of which intends to show them the truth behind the Cenobite mythos.

Director: Rick Bota | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Khary Payton

Votes: 9,160

"Like a bad horror movie, isn't it?" 17.01.2019.

Another one in a series of scenarios that are obviously not originally written for the franchise, but subsequently adapted to fit into it. Not particularly successful this time. Frankly, I was bored. I can not specifically point a finger and say, "This is bad." Nothing in this movie is particularly bad, but nothing is particularly good either, so it's all together forgettable and leaves no impression. The premise is interesting, but it is developed to the unconvincing and unexciting story. The music is not annoying, but it's not catchy either, and by no means contributes to the atmosphere. But there's really no atmosphere, or tension, or fear... Not even decent jump-scares. The acting varies from bad to mediocre, and even famous names such as Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha from the "Vikings") and Henry Cavill (the last Superman) are totally unimpressive. I did not even recognize Lagertha until the end credits. In short, to answer the question from the headline: No, it isn't LIKE a bad horror movie - it IS a bad horror movie. However, the premise brings refreshment in the franchise, there are beautiful and naked girls and some nicely done gore, and I liked the final twist, so I can not completely bury it (pun intended).

5/10

17. The Losers (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

44 Metascore

A CIA special forces team are betrayed and left for dead by their superiors, galvanizing them to mount an offensive on the CIA.

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans

Votes: 87,276 | Gross: $23.58M

Marvel heroes in the DC film 18.01.2019.

Pissed Idris Elba, macho Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the boobless sex scene with extremely hot Zoe Saldana, and the geek version of Captain America in mediocre action adaptation of DC comic of the same name. The story is linear, unimaginative and not particularly interesting, with template characters, unoriginal plot twists and lame humor attempts. Technically, the film does not have major flaws, but it does not have any particular qualities either. It is mediocre and unexceptional in every respect. You won't get bored, but I suggest you to watch something else instead.

5/10

18. Dracula and Son (1976)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

Son grows up with father, leaves to go to big city in 1979. Father follows and tries to survive as a vampire in a modern world. Son finds girl, decides not to be a vampire anymore. Great ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Christopher Lee, Bernard Menez, Marie-Hélène Breillat, Catherine Breillat

Votes: 513

Christopher Lee's last Dracula performance 20.01.2019.

Having said that he would not play Dracula any more, Christopher Lee, however, once again appears in this role. Although, in his defense, the name Dracula is not mentioned in the film and his character is referred solely as the Count. Also, he objected using the word Dracula in the title. It is the French comedy "Dracula and Son" directed by Edouard Molinaro. The approach to the theme is quite different from Hammer's and the film somewhat realistically shows how the vampires, driven away from their castle in Transylvania with only shirts on their backs, manage without anything in modern society. While the son works the night shift at the butchery, in order to have access to blood, the father "plays" vampire in a toothpaste commercial. They both fall in love with the same girl, but while Dracula wants to bite her and keep her by his side through eternity, his son wants to become human and have a normal relationship. Their rivalry about the girl turns the second half of the movie into a classic slapstick comedy. Objectively, the only good thing in this film is Christopher Lee, and somewhat Bernard Menez who plays his son, while everything else, technically and substantially, is pretty bad. There's some decent humor occasionally, but do not expect that you will really laugh. However, it was interesting to see something new and different on this subject, and therefore I recommend it.

5/10

19. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: The Voyage Home (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On the last day of their mission to Mars, three astronauts - Ed Barkley, Alan Wells and Pete Claridge - discover a cave with hieroglyphics on one wall. They also find a pod-like object but ... See full summary »

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Matt Craven, Michael Dorn, Akiko Morison

Votes: 265

"Alien" meets "The Thing" 20.01.2019.

From the title you can conclude that the story is totally unoriginal, but it's nicely developed in just 45 minutes. The episode is well acted and quite tense and unpredictable, but it is a spoiled by completely unnecessary and very bad CGI. It should have been left as an SF psychological drama-thriller, without a poor attempt at horror.

"The true measure of a hero is when a man lays down his life with the knowledge that those he saves will never know."

6/10

20. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 321,508 | Gross: $96.52M

"Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead" 21.01.2019.

While I watched it several times since it came out, until a moment ago I had no idea that the film is Spanish. And not only is it Spanish, but it's also the only film that has ever won the award for the best Spanish film, without having a word in Spanish. Although the original script was written in Spanish, it was translated into English, it stars an Australian woman playing an English woman, it's backed by Americans and the story is placed in Jersey, but it is filmed in Spain and directed by Spaniard. IMDb classifies him as a horror/mystery/thriller, but even though the story itself is a mystery and perhaps somewhat a thriller, and the film has an atmosphere that balances on the verge of horror, in my opinion, essentially, this is primarily a strong psychological drama. Nicole Kidman once again proves her acting size and steals every scene in which she appears, but the rest of the team are not to be underestimated, especially eleven-year-old Alakina Mann. One of the strongest features of this film should be the surprise brought by the final plot twist, but since I saw it several times, I knew what would happen, and I really can not remember whether I predicted this twist or not when I first watched it, almost two decades ago, and if I did, in which part of the film it happened, and therefore I can not comment on its effectiveness. But even without the mindfuck factor, this movie has a lot of qualities and deserves a high rating.

8,5/10

21. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 110,719 | Gross: $0.79M

Nymphomaniac (2013) [Director's Cut]

"When we are, death has not come. When death has come, we are not." 22/23.01.2019.

"Nymphomaniac" is the final part of Lars von Trier's "Trilogy of Depression", after the "Antichrist" (2009), which was to me inexplicably dull and unjustified morbid, and "Melancholy" (2011), which I have not yet come to see. Originally, "Nymphomaniac" was conceived as a single film but, due to its inhumane length, in the theatrical release, it was divided into two two-hour films. I am watching the director's cut, which lasts five and a half hours.

The first film begins with a scene in which an older man encounters a beaten woman lying on the street. After she refuses an ambulance and the police, he takes her to his apartment and places her in bed. Then he sits down next to her and she tells him her whole life, the life of a nymphomaniac. Occasionally he interrupts her with interesting comments on various topics, such as philosophy, nature, music, literature, mathematics and even fishing, but all these digressions are directly or metaphorically related to the main subject of the film and represent life philosophies that will lead you to thinking and self-analysis, especially if in some of them you recognize yourself.

The film is full of explicit pornography, but this time it is not there just to shock and cause controversy, but it greatly enhances the artistic power of film and contributes to the credibility and the dramatic nature of the story. The sex scenes are not simulated, they are genuine pornography, but they were shot by porn actors and subsequently edited together with the bodies of the main actors. The film is fantastically shot and directed, and drama and pornographic scenes alternate in perfect harmony. The atmosphere is hypnotically dark and depressing, additionally empowered with an interesting selection of music, which ranges from industrial metal band Rammstein, through rock classics, to Bach's organ compositions. Although the movie is very slow and long, my attention has not been weakened for a moment.

In all three films of the "Trilogy of Depression", Charlotte Gainsbourg plays the main role, but as the first part of the "Nymphomaniac" takes us through her childhood and girlhood, in the main role we see Stacy Martin, who, although not particularly beautiful, is extremely cute and sexual, and in every way a sight for sore eyes in comparison with Charlotte. Charlotte's rescuer is played by Stellan Skarsgård, who appears in a total of seven von Trier's films. There is also Christian Slater in the role of Nymphomaniac's father, as well as Uma Thurman, who gave perhaps the best performance in her career. Stacy, Charlotte, and Stellan topped their roles, but in her relatively short scene, Uma Thurman completely overshadowed them. Her scene is totally over the top, but still somehow realistic and believable. This somewhat relates to the film in its entirety, but Uma's scene is one of the most powerful I've ever seen. Ruthlessly awkward, strongly emotional and definitely unforgettable. Uma deserved an Oscar big as the Statue of Liberty.

There's still three hours of the second movie left for me to make a final judgment, but for now, this is a pure ten.

Seligman: "Well, I divide humanity into two groups: the people who cut the nails on the left hand first, and the people who cut the nails of the right hand first. My theory is that the people who cut the nails of the left hand first they're more light-hearted. They have a tendency to enjoy life more, because they go straight for the easiest task, and save the difficulties for later. So, what do you do?" Joe: "Always the left hand first. I don't think there's a choice. Go for the pleasure first, always. And then when you've done the left hand, only the right hand remains. That's the easiest one left." Seligman: "I never thought of it like that. Well, you're never too old. Never too old to learn."

10/10

22. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: Caught in the Act (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A bashful woman gets possessed by an incorporeal alien that feeds on sexual energy. A series of killings starts. Her boyfriend, his scientist friend and a skeptical cop try find a way to stop the alien without killing her in the process.

Director: Mark Sobel | Stars: Jason London, Saul Rubinek, Garry Chalk, Alyssa Milano

Votes: 345

Naked Alyssa Milano 25.01.2019.

An innocent girl, who saves herself for marriage, overnight transforms into a sexual beast that attacks whoever she encounters. Her boyfriend finds organic matter of unknown origin next to her bed and, after examination, he assumes that his girlfriend is possessed by some alien organism. When the guys from their surroundings begin to disappear, the police suspect a jealous boyfriend, and it's up to him and his biology professor to solve this mystery before it's too late. In the end, of course, love conquers all, even the alien on the killing spree.

This SF horror drama, despite poor production, is very watchable and interesting, and even a pathetic end does not spoil the general impression. The story is nicely packed in 45 minutes, holding the attention and has a good atmosphere. But the main advantage of this episode is definitely beautiful Alyssa Milano, whose transformation from an innocent girl into an evil succubus shows remarkable acting ability. But, let's be real, there was no need to write all this in order to make you watch "Caught in the Act". The headline was more than enough.

7/10

23. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

60 Metascore

The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman's care.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Bell

Votes: 82,123 | Gross: $0.33M

"The human qualities can be expressed in one word: hypocrisy." 26.01.2019.

In the second film, Charlotte Gainsbourg takes on the lead role from Stacy Martin. These two actresses, both in appearance and in spirit, are so different that it was impossible for me to see them as the same person, which completely breaks down the continuity of the story. I literally had the impression that I was watching another film, about another woman, on a similar topic. And in addition, the protagonist of the first film, despite everything, was quite likable, while I felt repulsive and disgusted towards a disturbed masochist from the second part. Trier returns to his recognizable style of shooting scenes with the sole purpose of upsetting your stomach. No one will convince me that an explicit and extremely detailed view of a woman who performs an abortion on herself in any way contributes to a better understanding of the story or a stronger dramatic effect. It's simply there to shock you, upset you and maybe even make some of you give up on further watching. Controversy for controversy sake, which, in my opinion, is a feature of the egomaniac who must at all costs be at the center of attention. The story becomes more morbid, crueler and much darker, and technically too stretched, less convincing and more boring. Seligman's digressions got weaker and the overall impression was that actors too share my experience of the film and that they are already bored, and now they are only getting to the end.

Although it is single five-hour film, subjectively I experienced it as two films, of which the first is a masterpiece of drama, while the second is a weaker sequel that vainly tries to mimic the greatness of the first one. And yet, when my impressions settled, all the flaws of the film can not diminish their strength. If I ignore the parts inserted just for the sake of shock and controversy, what remains is one of the most powerful dramas I've ever seen in my life, and to which I simply can not give anything less than the highest rating.

Seligman: "You shouldn't use that word. It's not what you call politically correct." Joe: "Well, excuse me, but in my circles, it's always been a mark of honor to call a spade a spade. Each time a word becomes prohibited, you remove a stone from the democratic foundation. Society demonstrates its impotence in the face of a concrete problem by removing words from the language. The book burners have nothing on modern society." Seligman: "I think society would claim that political correctness is a very precise expression of democratic concern for minorities." Joe: "And I say that society is as cowardly as the people in it, who, in my opinion, are also too stupid for democracy." Seligman: "I understand your point, but I totally disagree. I have no doubt in the human qualities." Joe: "The human qualities can be expressed in one word: hypocrisy. We elevate those who say right but mean wrong and mock those who say wrong but mean right."

10/10

24. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: The Message (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Implants that should've allowed deaf Jennifer Winter to finally hear cause her to receive a binary message no one else can hear. Her husband thinks she's insane. Her friend on meds, Robert, thinks it's an alien distress signal.

Director: Joseph L. Scanlan | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Robert Wisden, Larry Drake, Ken Camroux-Taylor

Votes: 274

"The faintest of whispers, when spoken in silence, can resonate across the universe" 26.01.2019.

The hearing implant had not regained her hearing, but it enabled her to receive a binary SOS message from aliens in trouble. Her husband and doctors think it is schizophrenia, which rather complicates the situation. This SF drama is one of the best-written and most beautifully completed episodes not only of this series, but of anthological SF series in general, and Marlee Matlin completely charmed me with her performance. A feel-good episode that I warmly recommend.

8/10

25. The X-Files (1993–2018)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 188,417

"What you don't see is actually scarier than what you do see" - Chris Carter 28.01.2019.

As a kid, I watched occasional episodes of this cult series now and then, and I could say I liked it, but without continuity, I could not get the right impression, nor did it matter to me then. As they decided to revive it, I decided to watch it properly.

"The X-Files" is an SF mystery-thriller based on unresolved FBI cases that in one way or another involve extraterrestrial life. Some episodes deviate from this template and deal with other supernatural and unexplained phenomena, but the series as a whole concentrates on the relationship of two agents, one of which believes in extraterrestrial intelligence, while the other is a skeptic, believing only in scientifically proven facts. Among them, of course, there is strong chemistry, but they persistently remain only partners, and over time friends, which further boosts the power of stories.

Gillian Anderson is quite antipathic to me personally, but I admit that I can not imagine any other actress in that role. On the other hand, the majority of the audience identifies actor David Duchovny with the character of Fox Mulder and for years I was convinced that in every other role he would always be Mulder to me. Until the series "Californication" appeared, in which the character of Hank Moody completely wiped out any identification with "The X-Files". This is one of my favorite series, and Hank Moody is definitely my favorite television character, so when I started to rewatch "The X-Files", I was surprised how easily he became Agent Mulder again. This level of credibility and commitment to such different roles made him one of my favorite actors.

From today's perspective, the series is quite outdated, but in its time it fascinated both with originality and special effects extremely imaginative and quality for the television budget. But what gave it the greatest strength to achieve the high tension and even horror effect, is the motto of its creator Chris Carter, which I used as the title for my review. There is no such technology, such budget, and such special effects that can be measured in the intimidation of the audience with the imagination of the viewer. A hint of horror will always achieve a stronger effect than explicitly shown alien or monster, which in most cases, however well-done, only weaken the credibility of the situation and turn terrifying into ridiculous, or miserable. I must also mention the fantastic music by Mark Snow. "The X-Files" theme is one of the best out there. It's spooky and mysterious and it echoes deep into space, like the music itself is trying to reach distant worlds.

So far, I saw the first season and I'm not particularly thrilled, but, if I remember correctly, the series keeps getting better. For now, I'm rating it

7/10

26. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: I, Robot (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Legendary lawyer Thurman Cutler is hired to defend Adam, a humanoid robot with many human qualities including speech, rational mind and empathy, who's been accused of murdering his creator. Cutler suspects there's more to the story.

Director: Adam Nimoy | Stars: Cynthia Preston, Barbara Tyson, Nathaniel DeVeaux, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 328

What makes us human? 28.01.2019.

Self-conscious android kills its creator, but does not remember it. The prosecution is trying to force its destruction, while the daughter of the murdered scientist sees it as a brother and hires a top lawyer to save it. This SF courtroom drama deals with the question of whether artificial intelligence can be considered a personality and have equal rights to people of flesh and blood. The story is very well told, the acting is on an enviable level in relation to most of the series of this type, and the episode finale, although already seen cliché, is quite effective. One of the best episodes of the first season.

8/10

27. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 158,637 | Gross: $12.47M

"I'm just here for the gasoline" 29.01.2019.

The sequel to the legendary film from 1979 became even more legendary than the original and definitely launched Gibson among the stars. "The Road Warrior" is probably the most famous post-apocalyptic action movie of the twentieth century. The movie continues the story where the original left off, directly and in the same style, but it is more brutal and entertaining than its predecessor, and despite the budget of only two million dollars, filmed much better. Mel Gibson has only 16 lines in the entire film, but nobody ever sat down to watch "Mad Max" for the sake of quality dialogue. The movie is visually beautifully shot, and the adrenaline roller coaster will keep you pinned to the screen, despite the simplicity and linearity of the story. The only twist at the end is obvious since half of the film, but is such that, when your predictions come true, you will not be disappointed but satisfied. I should also mention Emil Minty, an eight-year-old boy whose performance of The Feral Kid gave a special charm to the movie atmosphere. In general, I don't watch action movies, and even if I see some I never rewatch them, but this one never gets old and boring. If you never saw this movie, it is time for you to make it up, and if you did, it won't hurt you to refresh your memory and spend an unforgettable hour and a half with Mel Gibson from the time before he went loony.

8/10

28. Teddy Scares (2006)

7 min | Animation, Short

Cyrus annoys all his companions with his new friend Toasty the toaster, so they decide to get rid of it.

Director: William Vaughan | Stars: Clive Barker, Linda Blair, Rick Baker, Norman Macera

Votes: 26

Great atmosphere 29.01.2019.

When I like some author I have no peace until I read all of his work and see all adaptations. Looking for adaptations of the eeriest horror author Clive Barker, I ran into this short animated film. However, this time Barker is not the author, but he gives his voice to one of the teddy bears. But if he agreed to participate in this project it is probably worth watching. And it is. The atmosphere of this film is fantastic, and regarding the overall impression... WTF I just watched?!

7/10

29. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: If These Walls Could Talk (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Physicist and professional debunker Leviticus Mitchell agrees to help professional psychic Lynda Tillman investigate the abandoned mansion where her son and his girlfriend have mysteriously disappeared.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Dwight Schultz, Alberta Watson, Tom McBeath, Molly Parker

Votes: 249

SF approach to haunted house theme 29.01.2019.

The son of divorced parents, whose mother forbids him seeing a troubled girl, uses an abandoned house to still see her. But one night after going to the house they both disappear without a trace. Police believe them to be runaways, but the mother does not give up on the conviction that her son is dead and takes matters into her own hands.

The episode is totally unoriginal, but based on previous experience I didn't expect it anyway, so I won't take lack of originality against it. This is a classic story about a haunted house, only instead of ghosts it uses a quasi-scientific outcome and this combination of horror and SF is quite interesting and additionally empowered by solid acting and effects unexpectedly good for this type of series. If you're not a picky nagger, it's quite enjoyable.

8/10

30. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: Birthright (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Senator Richard Adams is an attractive and popular politician who has been promoting a new synthetic fuel additive, a methane-based product from the Sendrax Corporation. The legislation he ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Perry King, Mimi Kuzyk, John Novak, Ken Ryan

Votes: 237

"In other living creatures, the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men, it is a vice." - Boethius (Roman philosopher) 01.02.2019.

So far, one of the most interesting premises, developed in a story that begins confusing and gradually unfolds, revealing little by little, until it slaps us with the unexpectedly sinister twist and leaves us with a feeling of hopelessness. I suppose the whole story is an allegory, in which aliens represent the leaders of the oil industry that are willing to do anything, including the destruction of the planet for future generations, in order to profit in their lifetime. However, at times the episode is a bit over the top and unconvincing, mostly because they once again chose explicitness instead of leaving some things for viewer's imagination. For that reason, it did not pull me in its atmosphere enough to leave a particularly strong impression.

7/10

31. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: The Voice of Reason (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Dr. Randall Strong tries desperately to convince a skeptical high level committee that various alien forces are trying to take over the human race. In desperation, he becomes unhinged.

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Gordon Clapp, Lochlyn Munro, Don S. Davis, Daniel J. Travanti

Votes: 217

Pathetic 02.02.2019.

I hope that the reason for this episode is the lack of money for a more serious production, and not someone's idiotic idea to round off the season. The episode consists of a series of flashbacks on almost all of the episodes that precede it, by which a panicked war veteran tries to convince a military committee that the Earth is threatened by an alien invasion, and that the same is already underway. Not badly filmed, but essentially redundant and meaningless. They should have finished the season with the previous episode.

4/10

32. Neverwhere (1996– )

180 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Richard Mayhew leads an ordinary life in London when one day a girl named Door falls, injured, across his path. The next thing he knows, his life is gone and he's pulled into the ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, Hywel Bennett, Clive Russell

Votes: 2,546

"You're all very stupid people and you do not know anything" 03.02.2019.

Books are usually better than their screenings. This is somehow logical, because the adaptation changes the source material to accommodate it to another and completely different medium, whose explicitness could never be compared with the infinite possibilities of crossing the imagination of the author with the imagination of the reader. But it seems that even when things are going in the opposite direction, the books still win.

"Neverwhere" is a British mini-series that Neil Gaiman wrote directly for TV, and then subsequently turned its scenario into a novel, which changed from release to release until it became one of my favorite books, which series on which it is based exceeds in every respect. Although it's BBC, the series is low-budget or at least looks cheap. Also, there are only six half-hour episodes, and the potential here is quite enough for at least ten times more, which would allow a more detailed story and better character development. But that does not mean it's bad. On the contrary, I liked it, because it very convincingly fits quite original fantasy world into our reality. The main problem is that the actors can not play, the director cannot direct, and studio and filming locations cannot look as good as I can imagine when I read a book.

Any attempt to give you a brief idea about its plot finished as a spoiler, so I'm giving up on that intention. The mere fact that it's written by Neil Gaiman should be reason enough for you to take a look.

9/10 for author's imagination 5/10 for the technical realization

33. Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Spence | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jamie Renée Smith, Karen Black, Mark Salling

Votes: 4,082

No, it's not porn 04.02.2019.

Nine for the erection I get every time Naomi appears on the screen, and all other aspects of the film do not exceed five. Sexy leading actress and a sorry excuse for the story may pass in porn, but I expect a little more from the alleged adaptation of King. Average rating... skip this nonsense, and if you are really tempted to see Naomi, you can always google her or see her in some better movie. You are more likely to spend the night with Naomi if you drop in at her door unannounced, than to get any benefit and fun from this crap.

4/10

34. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 13,697

Quick entertainment 05.02.2019.

The series consists of 268 twenty-five-minute episodes, divided into seven seasons, that were aired from 1955 to 1962. Each episode is a separate short film and not in any way related, except for the genre. Some of the episodes were directed by Hitchcock himself, others signed by many other writers and directors, but they are all mysterious crime dramas in the style of Hitchcock. Their level varies greatly, from boring and naively predictable, to really quality thrillers, whereby the good ones must really be acknowledged, because it is very difficult to develop a quality story in this genre in just 25 minutes. In my opinion, this is not a series for binge-watching, but I advise you to download around ten episodes at the time and use them on occasions when you really want to watch something but you are short with time. I dragged on the first two seasons for about two years.

7/10

35. Shrek's Thrilling Tales (2012 Video)

31 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

This is a three episode compilation. "The Pig who cried Werewolf" and "The Ghost of Lord Farquad" are from the Shrek universe and "The Night of The Living Carrots" is from the Monsters vs Aliens universe.

Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 711

Don't waste your time 05.02.2019.

A thirty-minute omnibus of three stories, one of which is not even from the Shrek universe. Decent animation, but very boring. The first two stories might be interesting to preschool children, but the cartoon contains some jokes that are not really for young children. The third story is "The Ghost of Lord Farquad", which I have already written about. Only here appear Shrek and Donkey and only this one has some interesting moments, because of references to the cult films "Star Wars", "The Blues Brothers" and "The Sixth Sense". All in all, a total waste of time.

4/10

36. Green Lantern (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Votes: 257,728 | Gross: $116.60M

$ 200 million wasted 08.02.2019.

I wasn't bored, but I wasn't entertained either. It doesn't stand out in any way. It has an interesting premise, strong cast, huge budget, and it is visually well-done, but it hasn't left any impression on me. As if I didn't watch it at all.

5,5/10

37. The Meeting Point (1989)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

During the excavation of ancient Roman ruins, an old archaeology professor accidentally opens the gate between our world and the world of the dead.

Director: Goran Markovic | Stars: Rade Markovic, Bogdan Diklic, Dragan Nikolic, Olivera Markovic

Votes: 2,398

"Sve je isto u mom kraju, samo mene više nema" 10.02.2019.

I didn't like this movie at all and, to me, it was quite a boring experience. But since it is generally accepted as a masterpiece of domestic cinema, I suppose it is more to me than to film, so I'm probably not competent to analyze it. Also, I have no desire to waste time writing about something that is completely uninteresting to me.

4,5/10

38. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

28 Metascore

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr

Votes: 32,409 | Gross: $11.64M

Franchise on life support 13.02.2019.

"The Revenge of Michael Myers" is a direct sequel to "The Return of Michael Myers" and it doesn't bring anything especially new. It's dumb and dull and the author's lack of inspiration is more than obvious. This is yet another franchise kept alive on life support despite a complete lack of originality and purpose. To be honest, it would probably be best if the first "Halloween" has never grown into a franchise. The only thing I really liked was the excellent opening credits, which builds a tense atmosphere even before the movie started, so that when the movie finally begins you are already at the edge of your seat. Unfortunately, that tension dies up after just a few minutes and only my OCD made me watch the movie to the end. As far as acting is concerned, the very decent role played by Ellie Cornell in the previous film is now reduced to the classic slasher-horror blonde "whose only purpose in the film is to run around half-naked before being slaughtered." Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is the only character to maintain quality through all the parts, and the highlight of the film is again little Danielle Harris. Watchable, but a waste of time.

4/10

39. Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996 Video)

R | 98 min | Horror

A man and his daughter return to his hometown only to be terrorized by demons who had sacrificed the man's sister in the past.

Director: Adam Grossman | Stars: Michael Gross, Alexis Arquette, Hilary Swank, Bojesse Christopher

Votes: 3,080

"If a gardener with a big mouth is alone in the field being tortured and no-one has to hear him scream, does it still hurt?" 13.02.2019.

Extremely low ratings on film sites not only do not deter me from watching the movie, but on the contrary, they make me more curious. And quite often, watching these films turns out to be a good choice. This one is no exception. "Sometimes They Come Back... Again" (1996) is far from a masterpiece of cinema, and it's not even close to the top of the genre, but it is quite a decent low-budget horror and it is better than its predecessor. The story is interesting (understandably, since it's an adaptation of Stephen King), it has a nice atmosphere, it doesn't exaggerate with special effects (which is a common flaw of the genre), it holds attention from the beginning to the end and, although acting isn't particularly great, characters are quite believable. Alexis Arquette, sister of Patricia Arquette, while (s)he was still Patricia Arquette's brother, is rather creepy as the main villain and without her/him the movie would have lost much in effect.

6/10

40. The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 104,037 | Gross: $2.53M

How I fell in love with Eva Green

Bernardo Bertolucci has always been one of my favorite directors, but with this film, he bought me for all time. "The Dreamers" is a film that I saw many times and I've never found the strength nor found the right words to describe and analyze it. This is an example of movie magic, and magic cannot be explained. Or maybe I do not want to try, fearing that by analyzing I could spoil my love for this movie. A strong story, perfect atmosphere, great music and a very good feeling for details. "The Dreamers" is full of references to many famous movies and, as my movie experience grows with years, every time I watch it the experience is getting stronger. Eva Green is fantastic and it's hard to believe that this is her first movie role. I'd be lying if I said that her nudity and sex scenes had no influence, but mostly I was fascinated by her overall appearance and a powerful presence on the screen, and this fascination holds me for fifteen years. The first cadre of the scene where she mimics Venus de Milo is one of the most beautiful erotic photographs I have ever seen.

10/10

41. Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

29 Metascore

Jobe is resuscitated by Jonathan Walker. He wants Jobe to create a special computer chip that would connect all the computers in the world into one network, which Walker would control and ... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Matt Frewer, Austin O'Brien, Ely Pouget

Votes: 8,762 | Gross: $2.41M

Really bad, but not that terrible 18.02.2019.

"Job's War" is a direct sequel to "Lawnmower Man" from 1992, but it doesn't fully comply with it. It is a fact that this film does not have much to do with its predecessor, and absolutely nothing with King. It is also a fact that in every aspect, with no exceptions, it is very badly made. Nevertheless, it's not that much rubbish to earn two out of ten on the IMDb and the reputation of one of the worst movies of all time. The story is badly told, but it's quite interesting. The fact that all the actors are replaced by others is irritating, and the acting is mediocre at best, but it's not so bad either. All in all, it's quite watchable trash. Although I must admit that I was much more amused by reading the reviews on the IMDb than by the movie itself.

4/10