Most film critics cringe at horror movies and they are overlooked for Hollywood’s most glamourous awards. As a person that watches a lot of horror films – I don’t blame them most of the time since there are a lot of turds out there. That being said we are celebrating Roger Ebert’s life after his recent passing from a battle with cancer, with some of his positive reviews on horror films. Even if some a are a bit backhanded. R.I.P.

THE DEVILS REJECTS“Here is a gaudy vomitorium of a movie, violent, nauseating and really a pretty good example of its genre. If you are a hardened horror movie fan capable of appreciating skill and wit in the service of the deliberately disgusting, “The Devil’s Rejects” may exercise a certain strange charm.”

STARS – 3 / 5

 

RE-ANIMATOR“One of the most boring experiences on Earth is a trash movie without the courage of its lack of convictions. If it only wants to be cynical, it becomes lifeless in every moment – a bad dream on the screen. One of the pleasures of the movies, however, is to find a movie that chooses a disreputable genre and then tries with all its might to transcend the genre, to go over the top into some kind of artistic vision, however weird. Stuart Gordon’s “Re-Animator” is a pleasure like that, a frankly gory horror movie that finds a rhythm and a style that make it work in a cockeyed, offbeat sort of way.”

STARS – 3 / 5

MAY“May is a horror film and something more and deeper, something disturbing and oddly moving. It begins as the story of a strange young woman, it goes for laughs and gets them, it functions as a black comedy, but then it glides past the comedy and slides slowly down into a portrait of madness and sadness.”

STARS – 4 / 5

BUBBA-HOTEP“It does sort of work in one way: It has the damnedest ingratiating way of making us sit there and grin at its harebrained audacity, laugh at its outhouse humor, and be somewhat moved (not deeply, but somewhat) at the poignancy of these two old men and their situation. Elvis asks himself how in the world the King of Rock and Roll ended up in a rundown East Texas nursing home with a boil on the family treasure, and by the end of the movie he has answered this excellent question more amusingly than any reasonable moviegoer could have expected.”

STARS – 3 / 5

MOTEL HELL“Motel Hell is a welcome change-of-pace; it’s to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” as “Airplane!” is to “Airport.” It has some great moments, including a duel fought with chainsaws, a hero swinging to the rescue on a meathook, and Farmer Vincent’s dying confession of the shameful secret that he concealed for years. These moments illuminate the movie’s basic and not very profound insight, which is that most of the sleazoids would be a lot more fun if they didn’t take themselves with such gruesome solemnity.”

STARS – 3 / 5

WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE“Serious fans of horror movies relate only in a secondary way to the chills themselves; they’re connoisseurs of the genre, the special effects, the makeup, the in-jokes. They’re going to love this movie, which seems to have been made not only for but by Fangoria fans. But it also works for general audiences. I haven’t been exactly a fan of the “Nightmare” series, but I found this movie, with its unsettling questions about the effect of horror on those who create it, strangely intriguing.”

STARS – 3 / 5

FRIGHT NIGHT“Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished.”

Short and sweet.

STARS – 3 / 5

THE DESCENT“Finally, a scary movie with teeth, not just blood and entrails — a savage and gripping piece of work that jangles your nerves without leaving your brain hanging. And so, for a change, you emerge feeling energized and exhilarated rather than enervated, or merely queasy. This is the fresh, exciting summer movie I’ve been wanting for months. Or for years, it seems.”

STARS – 4 / 5

EVIL DEAD 2“…I’m not suggesting that “Evil Dead 2″ is fun merely because you can spot the references to other movies. It is because (a) the violence and gore are carried to such an extreme that they stop being disgusting and become surrealistic; (b) the movie’s timing aims for comedy, not shocks, and (c) the grubby, low-budget intensity of the film gives it a lovable quality that high-tech movies wouldn’t have.”

STARS – 3 / 5

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLERThis is a movie that’s an obvious candidate for the proposed A (for adult) rating. It is a chilling film that – fair warning – will horrify many viewers and is intended to illuminate, not entertain. But it also is a very good film, a low-budget tour de force that provides an unforgettable portrait of the pathology of a man for whom killing is not a crime but simply a way of passing time and relieving boredom.”

STARS – 3.5 / 5


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Freddy in Space