Posts Tagged ‘possession’

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In Hollywood, even the ghosts are famous: “The Black Dahlia Haunting”

October 17, 2014

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The case of the Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in history, and it’s not difficult to understand why. The killing of Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia, was so savage, so sadistic,, so monstrous that it’s nearly impossible to understand what kind of a mind could inflict such horrors on another human being. Even such prolific serial killers as John Wayne Gacy, Jefferey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy didn’t do to their victims what was done to Elizabeth Short (well, not pre-mortem anyway). Surely, a crime this horrific must have some larger implications or hold some larger meaning. James Ellroy expertly crafted the former idea into a great novel about the birth of modern Los Angeles. The low-budget horror flick The Black Dahlia Haunting…uh, well, it has a girl/girl shower scene. Without nudity. (Sigh) okay, let’s just get on with this.
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Movies you should rent…or don’t. I don’t care.

December 6, 2010

Sorry. That was uncalled for, wasn’t it? I haven’t had dinner yet, and it’s made me a little cranky. What I meant to say, was “Movies worth seeing on DVD or iTunes, if you want…but if you don’t, well, that’s cool, too.” It was harder to fit than in the subject line. Actually, these are some more capsule reviews, but I was at a loss for how to say “Yet even more capsule reviews…” Oh wait, I just did…well, the headline’s already written, so screw it, I guess.
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Satan’s minion walks the Earth…and his name is Wesley: “The Devil’s Tomb”

October 26, 2009

Devils-tomb-movieHappy Halloween, loyal readers! As we begin the run-up to that most magical day of the year (except for Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever high holiday you celebrate) we’ll be concentrating on horror flicks. And today’s entry is The Devil’s Tomb. I should warn you at the outset that the devil does not appear in this movie. There is, however a kind of a tomb. A figurative one. No, The Devil’s Tomb is the latest in what you’d call the “People in enclosed spaces see totally impossible hallucinations, but buy into them completely and follow them to their doom.” I’m working on shortening it.

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Family ties (and spiritual transference, drug use, quasi-incest…): “The Secret”

September 28, 2008

The first thing we should get out of the way when reviewing The Secret is that the movie is not about a secret. At the heart of the film is an unexplained, possibly-supernatural event. But The Unexplained, Possibly-Supernatural Event isn’t as catchy a title. A translation of the French title, Si j’étais toi (If I Were You), would have worked better. The second thing to get out of the way right up front is that this movie takes on a whole different feel since David Duchovny’s recent admission to having a sex-addiction.

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