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Fortress Review


Weak
Lord knows we don't get enough dystopian prison movies these days, mush less ones starring Christopher Lambert! Thank God Fortress rectifies that oversight, with Lambert imprisoned in a high-tech underground complex -- all for the crime of trying to have a second child with his wife (Locklin)! Of course, she's also incarcerated, and the evil Kurtwood Smith (our favorite dad from Dead Poets Society) torments them both. Tepid sci-fi fare that is, nonetheless, not completely painful to watch.

Bride Of Re-Animator Review


OK
It says "H.P. Lovecraft's" above the title, but rest assured, the grand master of the weird tale never wrote a book by the name of Bride of Re-Animator.

This update/retelling of the Frankenstein story is every bit as cheesy as the original tale, but much of the geeky humor that made the original Re-Animator such a classic is sorely lacking here. The film is just a continuation of the story of Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) as he works on his green serum that can reanimate dead tissue. Naturally, as the body count rises, it shrinks in lockstep.

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Feardotcom Review


Terrible
After the first hour of the celluloid atrocity so cleverly named FearDotCom, I awoke from a dreadful nightmare: a nightmare chock full of bad acting, goofy makeup, a ridiculous story, and blatant plot thievery from David Cronenberg flicks. In a cold sweat, I shuddered and realized that I couldn't wake up from my nightmare. It wasn't a dream at all; it was playing out right in front of my face on a movie screen.

FearDotCom is easily in the running for worst film of the year. The whole mess is a painfully dull ripoff of much better films - namely Poltergeist, Videodrome, and 8MM (okay, so that one's not much better). Full of grotesque imagery of sadistic tortures and killings and a plethora of asinine characters and pathetic attempts at acting, FearDotCom is a prime example of just how bad a bad movie can be.

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Re-Animator Review


Excellent
The heady and fabulously gruesome works of H.P. Lovecraft have lent the plotlines to more than 20 movies, and most of these films are unbearable direct-to-video shlock.

But 1985's cult classic Re-Animator launched this return to Lovecraft's work, and if later filmmakers had learned anything from Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna's horror masterpiece, they would have assured old H.P. a much stronger legacy.

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The Frighteners Review


Excellent
Ghostbusters meets Twin Peaks? Michael J. Fox's comeback movie? A film about a lazy guy who catches ghosts for a living? A supporting cast of unknowns? Does anyone want to see a movie like this?

Yes! And you'd better get to the theater quick, because The Frighteners, in a manner suggested be the above questions, will not make huge waves at the box office in a crowded field of summer blockbusters.

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Snide And Prejudice Review


Weak
Quite an assembly of talent is ultimately wasted in this near-pointless look at a mental patient (that guy from the TV remake of Jason and the Argonauts) who thinks he's Hitler. A bunch of his fellow patients seem to think they're members of his staff, too. Essentially this is a re-imagining of Marat/Sade, adding in a head shrink (that guy from one of the Star Trek shows) who may be crazy too. Hitler's psychosis (the real Hitler, I mean) has been examined with substantially more depth and to a more powerful effect numerous times before.

Beyond Re-Animator Review


Weak
The third Re-Animator film (18 years after the original!) finds Herbert West in prison but still finding time to work on his Frankensteinian experiments in a corner of his cell. He's getting a little better at it, too, perfecting his green serum. Alas, when an inmate dies of a heart attack, re-animation turns him into a crazed zombie. A comely reporter on the scene fares a bit better, but when riots break out in the prison (zombies and non-zombies alike), all hell breaks loose. Minimal creature effects make this by far the least interesting of the series, including the lackluster Bride of Re-Animator. But come 2015, I'll be curious to see if Herbert has finally mastered his formula. I figure be then he'll be retired and a billionaire, having conquered death. Now that's a movie!
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