Is Predators a horror movie? I think so. Earlier this week, I called Nimród Antal's new flick one of most entertaining popcorn movies of the summer in a post for our sister site SciFi Squad. Now I want to mention the movie's darker elements, namely the scenes that made my wife cover her eyes and ask me "Is it over?" during a recent screening.
Don't worry folks, I'm not gonna spoil the movie for ya. But I will say that Predators offers just as many horror elements and scenes of blood spillage – human and Day-Glo green alien blood –as the original Ahnold movie and more. The update, produced by Robert Rodriguez, features a creepy surprise that, for some audience members, will up the film's scares and suspense when it's revealed. Of course, some franchise fans are bound to hate the new feature, but I think it adds an interesting twist to the Predator mythos without complicating things too much. Whattaya waiting for? Go watch it already.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, created by Joss Whedon, 2002
Yes, the final season of Joss Whedon's classic series has its problems -- too many "slayerettes," a big bad that lacks a true face – but season seven of Buffy the Vampire Slayer also features some of the show's finest episodes ever.
I decided to revisit the season after recently watching James Marsters ham it up for a paycheck in the craptastic Syfy flick High Plains Invaders. "Hey, this guy is a lot better than this," I thought. And I popped in the excellent episode 'Lies My Parents Told Me' to prove myself right. You know the one, with Spike siring his mum and kicking the crap outta Principal Wood. Marsters kills it in that ep as the newly souled Spike and the poetry writing William in a few tragic flashback scenes.
Season seven also features amazing episodes devoted to supporting characters like Anya (Emma Caulfield) and Andrew (Tom Lenk) as well as the return of Angel (David Boreanaz) and the emotional series ender.
Asylum, directed by David R. Ellis, 2008
Asylum is a by the numbers straight-to-DVD slasher flick from "director" David R. Ellis, the guy behind Snakes on a Plane and The Final Destination.
The movie casts Sarah Roemer as an annoyingly fragile teen who moves into a haunted dorm room during her freshman year of college. Turns out the dorm used to be .... an insane asylum! Roemer and her dorm mates are forced to confront their emotional issues while being terrorized by a crazy ghost monster person who used to run the asylum when he was alive.
This is a terrible movie. Really, really terrible. Sadly, this could've turned out to be a fun and campy twist on the ol' A Nightmare On Elm Street formula, but Ellis' movie is glum and tedious and lacking in scares and gore. Thankfully, Travis Van Winkle delivers a fun supporting performance as -- surprise! -- a jock with a million sexist jokes.