Crimson Peak (2015) – Review

Guillermo del Toro himself has to make an exclamation – which his film has already made clear on-screen – that Crimson Peak is not a horror but an excusable Gothic romance. Certainly, there’s a genre confusion, which perhaps becomes its first misfire on his most anticipated post-Pacific Rim work.

Del Toro’s return to a Gothic fantasy root under big studio helmers doesn’t run smoothly, although it does look exquisite. Richly crafted with grand production design and idyllic visual spectacles, Crimson Peak is obviously another love letter to del Toro’s own Spanish-speaking idyll, most notably, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. However, its tendency to style over substance prevents it from being del Toro’s most passionate work to date. Continue reading Crimson Peak (2015) – Review

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Goosebumps (2015) – Review

R.L. Stine used to constantly send nightmare to your 90s childhood with his notorious children fiction, Goosebumps, which inspires this film. As a fan of the translated version of the novella and along its collectibles—including glow-in-the-dark poster and pins, I have high hopes to this.

Amazingly, Sony’s generous enough to not only bring particular edition, but a whole pack of Goosebumps terror (including Night of the Living Dummy, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, My Best Friend is Invisible and many more, although it bears a strong reference to The Blob that Ate Everyone episode) in a Cabin in the Woods meet Jumanji rampage.  Continue reading Goosebumps (2015) – Review

Thursday Movie Picks #43: Halloween Edition – Werewolves

Welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves blog; it’s a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. And since it’s October, the series is running the Halloween Edition, and according to the schedule, this Thursday is Werewolf day—make sure you got no full moon! Continue reading Thursday Movie Picks #43: Halloween Edition – Werewolves

Sinek-Talk: Musings on Movie Date with Tips

I never know who started it, but movie date has become a ‘basic date’ in this present time. Almost in every cinema I went in, major audiences are couple, I think… or is it just me? It’s like 70% of total audiences are movie-dating couple (sometimes, including me) and the rest are groups, family, and cinema-loner (some other times, also including me).

No problem with that, at all. I’m also a ‘movie-dater’ when I’m not a cinema-loner. Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver is also a movie-dater… in an adult cinema; Tom Hansen from (500) Days of Summer is also one; and even Donnie Darko practiced this, too. So, it seems that when done correctly, movie date can be a perfect date, but note, when done correctly.  Continue reading Sinek-Talk: Musings on Movie Date with Tips

Thursday Movie Picks #42: Halloween Edition: Asian Horror – Indonesian Special

Welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves blog; it’s a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. And since it’s October, the series is running the Halloween Edition, and according to the schedule, this Thursday is Asian Horror day!  Continue reading Thursday Movie Picks #42: Halloween Edition: Asian Horror – Indonesian Special

Knock Knock (2015) – Review

Knock Knock is, perhaps, Eli Roth’s most polite work to date (compared to Cabin Fever or Hostel series); yet, that doesn’t mean this offbeat home invasion thriller doesn’t know how to scare you. Without his ‘Splat Pack’ trademark in his previous ultra-gory exploitation thrillers, Eli Roth manages to deliver his disturbing charm viscerally—straight to place where you’re supposed to feel safe, home.

Roth’s exploitation gag brings home a couple of young girls (Lorenzo Izza and Ana de Armas) drenched by the rain who knock on the door of a former DJ, now an architect, Evan (Keanu Reeves). Well, it’s a rainy weekend when Evan is left home alone by his wife and his kids; meanwhile, his unexpected guests seemingly has an agenda to seduce Evan and drag him to a circumstance he’d never dreamed of.  Continue reading Knock Knock (2015) – Review