Kevin Greutert

Lionsgate

There’s a reason most horror films don’t take place in modern, shiny and bright locales, and that reason is atmosphere. Those kind of places don’t have it leaving the filmmakers to have to work extra hard to manufacture it. Most horror films rely on their setting — the spooky old house, cemetery, asylum, etc — to create that base atmosphere over which they lay their story, and Jessabelle, the new film from the Blumhouse genre factory, is no different. It’s just chosen a more interesting setting. Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) is pregnant, happy and moving in with the man she loves, but in an instant all of that is taken from her. Left recovering in a wheelchair and with no other options, she returns to her childhood home along the Louisiana bayou under the care of her distant, alcoholic father. She rolls around the house, staring off across the water and otherwise killing time until she discovers a stash of videotapes made by her mother in the months leading up to and following Jessabelle’s birth. She pops the first one in — a tape meant to be given to her on her 18th birthday — and is greeted by her mom who died from cancer when Jessabelle was very young. She does a tarot card reading that doesn’t seem to match Jessabelle’s life, but it ends on an ominous note about a presence in the house who wants Jessabelle out. Of course that part seems pretty accurate, and soon Jessabelle is racing (rolling?) to discover […]

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It’s become an annual tradition for me to review a Saw film, and the ritual has resided somewhere between the sheer joy of bloodlust and the agony of feeling like the theater seat I was in came with leather straps and a reverse bear trap. Fortunately, I began with Saw V – the absolute worst film in the series – so the road was uphill from there toward the sweet freedom of better quality. Next came Saw VI, an uptick in the series and a return to the thoughtfulness that made the original idea so fresh and complex. Now, just like my responsibility as sole Saw reviewer for this site has been somewhere in the middle of pleasure and pain, Saw 3D (which was magically shown in 2D) also lives somewhere in between quality and crap.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr celebrated Halloween by dressing up as a slutty nurse and watching the latest Saw movie. Then he dressed up as a slutty lawyer and watched the latest slice of Oscar bait known as Conviction. Now, he’s changed costumes once again to dress up as a slutty schoolgirl to hand out grades to these movies and contemplate whether you all would be better off catching up on the awesome recently Halloween-appropriate Blu-rays releases like The Exorcist, Psycho, Alien Anthology or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Kevin Carr takes a look at this week’s movie releases, including Saw VI, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Astro Boy and Amelia.

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Back up from the mat and ready to fight again, Saw VI redeems the franchise and puts Jigsaw back on the map for horror fans.

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