Groovy Stake is in the Heart: “Dracula A.D. 1972” | Review

Hammer Films tried to court the swinging London demographic with this campy outing in which Count Dracula (Christopher Lee), after being killed by Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) in a prologue set in 1872, is rebirthed a century later by one of his acolytes (whose highly suspicious name is Johnny Alucard, played with zealous abandon by … Continue reading Groovy Stake is in the Heart: “Dracula A.D. 1972” | Review

Werewolf by Night Offers Just Enough Bite | Review

While technically a Marvel property (and therefore another entry in the MCU), the creative team behind Werewolf by Night refreshingly chooses to downplay overt connections to that larger tapestry. MCU fans will no doubt delight in what connections there are, but Michael Giachhino's werewolf movie is unburdened by needing the prior knowledge that can inhibit … Continue reading Werewolf by Night Offers Just Enough Bite | Review

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 9: The Piggyback

*Spoilers* Should a show like Stranger Things ever have a happy ending? Should all the loose-ends be tied up neatly? As a serial, it is defined by the cliffhanger, and therefore decides to leave as much unresolved as wrapped up. Director: Matt Duffer, Ross DufferWriters: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Caitlin SchneiderhanRuntime: 150 minutesUS Release:  July 1, 2022; Netflix There … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 9: The Piggyback

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 5: The Nina Project

*Spoilers* Season Four reveals its pattern with Chapter Five; beginning with the first episode, the season alternates between “set-up” and “pay-off” episodes. Just as Chapter Three gave us a chance to breathe after Vecna’s reveal in Chapter Two, so too does “The Nina Project” allow us to compose our thoughts following the emotional roller coaster … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 5: The Nina Project