The original Poltergeist saw an inspired pairing of screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg with director Tobe Hooper. Their opposing strengths played off each other and made for an effects-laden horror movie that claimed its place as a touchstone among supernatural thrillers. This 2015 remake is merely the shrunken, exhumed corpse of 1982’s original monster.
“They know what scares you.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the ground running, with a digitally enhanced tracking shot of the team crashing through a wintry forest. Within five minutes Age of Ultron delivers its most crowd-pleasing shot of the six heroes hurtling forward in glorious slo-mo.
“I know you’re good people. I know you mean well. But you just didn’t think it through. There is only one path to peace… your extinction.”
George Miller’s post-apocalyptic landscape was first introduced to audiences in 1979 in the Australian actioner Mad Max, re-established in the 1981’s The Road Warrior and last seen in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. With Fury Road, director Miller returns to the lawless, fuel-deprived future of his seminal series for the first time in three decades.
“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the fury road!”
Produced by Toho Studios and released in 1956, the Ishirō Honda directed Rodan is one of studio’s first kaiju eiga (monster movie) to be filmed in colour, which is used to great effect due to the attention to detail that both Ishirō Honda and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya had employed.
“Thundering out of unknown skies… The super-sonic hell-creature no weapon could destroy!”
Adapted by Ray Bradbury from his own novel, this animated TV special doesn’t stop at merely checking off the holiday’s most familiar elements. No, The Halloween Tree aims to do one better by delving into the very origins of the season’s many traditions, and while it may blaze through this ambitious endeavor at a breakneck pace, its keen instinct for setting the right mood easily wins you over in the end.
“Ever wonder why we like dressing up as monsters, beasts and ornery critters?”
Released in 1982 by New World Pictures, The Slumber Party Massacre is an exploitation film directed by Amy Holden Jones and written by novelist and feminist activist Rita Mae Brown. Brown originally wrote The Slumber Party Massacre as a parody of the slasher sub-genre, but Jones direction adapted the material as a straight genre film under the instruction and watchful eye of the legendary Roger Corman.
“The Ultimate Driller Killer Thriller!”