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Phantoms, a review by Dragonfire


My Thoughts

I enjoy this movie overall, though the book it is based on is much better.  Too much has to be condensed or completely eliminated for the story to have the same feeling as the book.  The movie does have a creepy atmosphere and some decent action scenes.  The pace does move a little slower, which might bother some viewers.  There is more attention given to building suspense instead of just relying on special effects like some movies do.  The effects the are alright, though they aren't overly impressive, especially what is the major effect for the movie.  The plot is interesting even though it isn't as developed or strong as it was in the book.

I enjoy this movie even though the plot could have been stronger and more suspenseful.

I did get a review posted on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.


(From Dragonfire's Halloween/Horror Marathon 2009 on October 2nd, 2009)

Member's Reviews

The Ox-Bow Incident, a review by Antares

The Ox-Bow Incident

Year: 1943
Film Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Genre: Western, Classic
Length: 75 Min.

William A. Wellman (1896)

Lamar Trotti (1900)...Writer
Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909)...Original Material By

Lamar Trotti (1900)

Arthur C. Miller (1895)

Cyril J. Mockridge (1896)...Composer

StarsReview director, his versatility in all fields of storytelling would lead him to create some of the finest films, dating back to the silent era and progressing through the forties. Wings, So Big!, Nothing Sacred, and The Public EnemyThe Ox-Bow Incident that is my favorite. Yet wartime audiences weren't ready for the dark, cynical message that was at the heart of this film, and the results were a poor box office. Although it disappeared rather quickly, repeated broadcasts on the new medium of television a decade later turned this western into a classic.

       No quick draws, no stampedes and no bar room brawls, just a great screenplay with a plot that places the viewer as a witness to the dangers of vigilante justice and mob rule. A rancher in a sleepy, dusty town is allegedly murdered by rustlers who have made their getaway into the wilds with his cattle. Neighbors and friends, who are incensed with the crime, whip themselves into frenzied fury and form a posse to hunt down the outlaws. With all rationality set aside by the anger in their hearts and minds, they set forth out into the wilderness to dole out a little
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If you see one western in your lifetime, then see this one.

Review Criterion4 Stars - Historically important film, considered a classic.

(From The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) on May 7th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Season 6.17 Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
Writer: Ira Steven Behr (Writer), Hans Beimler (Writer)
Director: Jonathan West

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on March 2nd, 2013)