creature feature

[7] [SPOILER WARNING] Writer/director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) delivers his third solid horror-mystery with Nope, the story of sibling horse wranglers (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who discover a UFO hiding in a stationary cloud above their gulch ranch. At first the pair decide to get rich by capturing the first high-resolution photographic evidence of the phenomenon. But when the UFO reveals itself to …

[6] Scientists working at a remote ocean laboratory have grown giant sharks to harvest for a protein they believe could cure Alzheimer’s disease. As they prove their theory and prepare to celebrate, though, the sharks turn on their captors and gain the upper hand. The facility begins flooding and the sharks begin feeding in this action horror movie that’s part Jaws and part Poseidon Adventure. …

[5] Sooner or later all franchises grow stale. Jurassic, I’m sorry to say your time has come. Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth film in the franchise, brings back director and cowriter Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) and unites the cast of the original Jurassic Park with the new stars of Jurassic World. It’s also the first film in the franchise to take place outside the park …

[5] Three college boys drive to the big city to hire a stripper for a fraternity party, only to discover the strip club is really just a front for blood-thirsty vampires. Vamp doesn’t stray far from ’80s horror formula, especially in the third act, when it feels obliged to throw the kitchen sink into the fray. Chris Makepeace (My Bodyguard) lacks charisma as the underwritten …

[4] A photographer (John Heard) and a soup kitchen owner (Daniel Stern) discover that the city’s homeless population, particularly those who live in the underground tunnels, are disappearing. They can’t get law enforcement to care, however, until a few above-ground citizens are discovered mutilated. A conspiracy involving toxic waste is uncovered and the culprit is revealed: cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers. Or, C.H.U.D.s, for short. C.H.U.D. …

[5] In the second of Universal’s Mummy series, two American archaeologists partner with a wealthy magician and his daughter to find the hidden Tomb of Ananka in Egypt. Their quest is hampered by a secret organization determined to protect the tomb’s whereabouts, for fear any visitors might accidentally awaken the mummy who protects it. The Mummy’s Hand lacks distinction, but still manages to somewhat satisfy …

[3] An abominable snowman terrorizes a Montana ski resort in this made-for-TV movie from the late ’70s. Since Snowbeast was made for a television audience, you get no gore and very little in terms of viscera or genuine scares. The monster’s presence is mostly achieved through the old ‘point of view’ shot, which quickly gets tedious. When we do see the monster, it’s usually just …

[6] A mutant terrorizes a small Idaho town in this low budget creature feature that stars no less than three Academy Award winners. Martin Landau (Ed Wood) is the industrialist trying to hide the fact that his company’s toxic waste is poisoning the town’s water supply. Next, there’s Jos√©¬†Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac) as the town’s boozy mayor, and finally we have Dorothy Malone (Written on …

[3] In this adaptation of the DC Comics series, a scientist working on a bio-engineering experiment is killed in a lab explosion that turns him into a creature, half-man and half plant. Super-strength and the ability to heal people are perks of the transformation, which come in handy since the military is trying to find him and steal his formula for their own nefarious purposes. …

[4] A sorcerer’s apprentice confronts a fire-breathing dragon that likes to eat virgins. If only Dragonslayer were as exciting as it sounds. Peter MacNicol (Sophie’s Choice, Ghostbusters II) plays the apprentice with all the charisma and screen presence of driftwood, not that writer/director Matthew Robbins (Corvette Summer, The Legend of Billie Jean) gives him much to work with. He’s easily upstaged by a couple of …

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