The Haunting (1999), a review by addicted2dvd
NOTE: This one is for Jon!... I just had to make him shiver and tell me I am wrong!
The Haunting (1999)
In this edge-of-your seat supernatural thriller featuring Hollywood's hottest stars, a study in fear escalates into a heart-stopping nightmare for a professor and three subjects trapped in a mysterious mansion.
For over a century, the dark and forbidding Hill House has sat alone and abandoned... or so it seemed. Intrigued by the mansion's storied past, Dr. Marrow (Liam Neeson) lures his three subjects - Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Nell (Lili Taylor) and Luke (Owen Wilson) - to the site for a seemingly harmless experiment. But, from the moment of their arrival, Nell seems mysteriously drawn to the house... and the attraction is frighteningly mutual. When night descends, the study goes horrifyingly awry as the subjects discover the haunting secrets that live within the walls of Hill House.
Don't miss the state-of-the-art special effects as Hill House unleashes its supernatural wrath in this latest thriller from the director of 'Speed' and 'Twister'.
This, in my opinion, is a good... and fun haunted house movie. But at the same time I think it is a bit CGI heavy as well. Something I think ghost stories forgot somewhere along the way is what you do not see is always scarier then what you see. I did like Catherine Zeta-Jones as Theo... she was probably my favorite character in the movie. Until recently (this past Halloween) I never seen the original of this movie so was never able to compare the two. But now that I have I can say that I do prefer the original... but this one is good for a "Check you brain at the door... Pop-corn movie."
Out of a possible 5:
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Ghosts/Hauntings on January 31st, 2009)
Super 8, a review by Dragonfire
I went to see Super 8 Sunday evening. I had seen trailers, but I still didn't feel like I knew a whole lot about the movie..and I think that is best. The movie is very well done and entertaining and definitely worth seeing. It is one of the best movies of the year.
Basically, a group of friends in 1979 are making a zombie movie to enter in a super 8 contest. The friends - who are around 14 or so - are shooting at a train station one night when a train goes by. Charles, the one directing the movie, thinks the train will add to his movie. They end up witnessing a horrible train derailment before running back home. The Air Force moves in to take control of the accident site and doesn't tell the local law enforcement much. Strange things start happening around town and the friends end up trying to figure out what is going on.
There is some mystery and suspense to what is going on as well as a few horror movie elements without being gory. A few things that happen are a bit upsetting or disturbing. The movie really isn't one that is family friendly even though certain things about it remind me of The Goonies.
The characters are interesting and developed decently. Most of the characters are teenagers which could have been a problem, but the cast is really talented. I was really impressed by Elle Fanning.
This is a wonderful movie that definitely deserves to be seen.
I did get a review - without spoilers - posted on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.
(From Super 8 on June 16th, 2011)
Sliders Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
4. PRINCE OF WAILS
In the British States of America--a place where England won the Revolutionary War--the Sliders are embroiled in an assassination plot involving the heir to the throne and an evil Sheriff of San Francisco.
Not a bad episode... but really just kind of a standard filler episode. There really wasn't anything that was that exciting.
5. SUMMER OF LOVE
The Sliders find themselves in a present-day San Francisco where the "Summer of Love" never ended--and Wade and Rembrandt are mistaken for extraterrestrial prophets.
This is a fun episode. It was interesting to see the Sliders getting separated like that... not even knowing if they were on the same Earth.
While Quinn struggles with fame in a world where intellectuals are more popular than pro athletes, Arturo tries for a reconciliation with a long-lost love.
Another fun episode. I liked how they hold intelligence very high... and combined academics and sports for this dimension.
7. The Weaker Sex
Arturo finds himself in a potentially deadly mayoral race in a world where men are treated as "The Weaker Sex" and women hold the positions of power and respect.
While a good episode... this one isn't quite as good as the previous one. It had an interesting story... but it just didn't pull it off in my opinion. Close... but not quite.
(From Sliders Marathon on August 12th, 2009)