Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) has troubling dreams of strange creatures, humanoid yet inhuman. Monsters racing through the night and toward a strange graveyard location. A place called Midian. He feels close to these outcasts, he feels apart from the ordinary world including his girlfriend Lori (Anne Bobby). Is Boone a monster under the skin? His […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: NIGHTBREED"
Al Engel is the right hand man for mob boss Nick Rovito and that means he gets his hands dirty with everything the boss wants done either fast or well. When a mid-level mob guy (Charlie Brody) ends up dead, not rubbed out but nevertheless dead, and Nick decides to give him a big send […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE BUSY BODY"
Synopsis: Opening on a grainy image taken from a mobile phone’s handheld camera, we see several African American men on their knees in a BART station, overshadowed by white men and women in blue police officer uniforms. Communications have broken down before the audience comes into the affair. The men demand to be released, claiming […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: FRUITVALE STATION"
The heist went smoothly. Parker and six other guys pulled off a simple job, nabbing one hundred and forty thousand dollars from a football game box office without any issues. They got away without a problem and shacked up, waiting for their chance to cut the loot and get out of town. Of course, in […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE SEVENTH"
Synopsis: When Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) meets Rachel (Jessica Beals), a mysterious woman who likes to bite and suck in all the weirdest ways, among the casual sex scene of the nightclubs of New York City, he starts to believe she is more than she seems. In the ensuing days, Peter’s mind comes undone as […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: VAMPIRE’S KISS"
When Parker learns that his pal Joe Sheer is in trouble, he does what any good coworker does: He books a ticket to the Podunk town where the retired jugger (slang for a bank robber) has decided to spend his golden years. He’s not coming to see if he can help, of course, he is […]Read more "Considering Westlake: The Jugger"
A new April column from Alamo Cinema Massacre is now live over at Cinema Knife Fight. ACM is where Trista and I cut our teeth on reviewing together, checking out indie and foreign horror and thriller flicks. That column is still going strong. This month’s edition visits TRAGEDY GIRLS, a slasher and soci(opathic)al media send […]Read more "Alamo Cinema Massacre for April: TRAGEDY GIRLS"
Synopsis: Tow truck driver Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) delivers a dead car to his station, only to find he doesn’t have a job anymore. He arrives home to learn his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter) has been involved in an affair though she asserts it meant nothing. Needless to say: rotten day. He does what any […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99"
Charlie Poole was content being a no account drifter. His Uncle Al got him the best job in the world, tending bar as a joint that served double duty as a drop off/pick up point for syndicate packages. No one checked the books to see if he was any good, no one told him when […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE FUGITIVE PIGEON"
Synopsis: On the fifteenth anniversary of Father Karras’ death following the events in the first Exorcist film, the dead priest’s remaining pals cop Jack Kinderman(George C. Scott) and Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) try to keep their spirits up amidst strange events and weird murders plaguing the city. A killer is loose, church desecrations are happening, […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE EXORCIST III"