Dario Argento’s Dracula
I’m not a big Dario Argento fan. But I do like a goodly amount of his films. But with his new Dracula film I think it’s a good sign that it’s time for me to stop watching any more of his work.
No one seemed interesting in trying to make a good film. Bland direction, photography and the most dull Dracula ever in any movie. The CGI was so bad that any and all video game companies would reject all of it for their product. Asia Argento, once turned into a vampire, gives a performance that make’s me think she was in on a joke that the audience wasn’t privy to.
Lazy, silly and dull.
Film Rating: ½
The Lords of Salem
On one hand Rob Zombie was very successful at channelling the early 70s european arthouse horror style and mood; on the other hand, sadly, I found Lords of Salem very dull. It’s not a bad film. It’s just very slow. I can get into slow moving films, but this one just didn’t work for me. I loved the photography, the music, and this is Sheri’s best acting to date. Meg Foster was amazing. The film just didn’t move me much.
Film Rating: 2 ½
Curse of Chucky
A package containing Chucky is sent to a middle-aged woman and her paraplegic twenty-something daughter (Chantel Quesnelle and Fiona Dourif, Brad’s daughter, respectively) seemingly for no reason. Add the visit from the woman’s other daughter (Danielle Bisutti) and family which includes a young daughter (Summer Howell) who is a potential vessel for Chucky’s soul, this all seems like a contrived setup for some mayhem Chucky style. And, yes, this is a setup up for that mad slasher stuff. But this family has a connection with the living Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) before he became Chucky. Even though this adds meat to the storyline here this film is mostly just watchable at best.
The creepy looking house (this is mostly a one location movie) and the use of mainly practical effect (a big plus for me) does help here. Director Don Manici does a fair job, but doesn’t really give the film that extra push that would pull the viewer in. We’ve seen this all before and done better. In the end this flick would be an okay time-waster.
Film Rating: 2 ½