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January 09, 2021

THE LODGE

LodgeIrredeemable shite. “The Lodge” is a mean-spirited, ignorant assault on Cinema, and on its audience.

Screenwriter-directors Sergio Casci and Veronika Franz aren’t fit to flip burgers at a fast-food chain, based on their pathetic attempt at exploitation horror. With no trace of humor or good will, the filmmakers craft a feel-bad picture with the potential to traumatize its viewers if not bore them into a trance state of misery.

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Cruel husband Richard (Richard Armitage) intimidates his ex-wife  Laura (Alicia Silverstone) into suicide. Charming. Richard’s next move is to send his equally hateful daughter and son to terrorize his new fiancé Grace (Riley Keough) while the three are sequestered in a remote snowbound lodge. Remarkably, Grace is the only empathetic character in a film that should never have been made. This film’s tagline, “You’re not welcome here,” says it all. Hitchcock is rolling over in his grave.

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Rated. R. 108 mins. Zero Stars.

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June 11, 2020

DEAD RINGERS

Today's Cole Smithey Film-To-Stream: DEAD RINGERS. Inspired by real-life Manhattan twin gynecologist brothers Cyril and Stewart Marcus, David Cronenberg's disturbing tale of bodily horror involves strange medical devices created especially for the film.

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The estimable Jeremy Irons is damn good as doctors Elliot and Beverly. Especially dicy because the brothers share their OBGYN practice, and sexual partners, "Dead Ringers" is by no means a date movie. This is one effed up little horror flick. 

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Side note, the real Marcus brothers (Dr. Cyril C. Marcus and Dr. Stewart L. Marcus) died of mysterious causes in their Upper East Side Sutton Terrace apartment, not far from their mutual place of medical practice at 420 East 72d Street in Manhattan.

Dead Ringers

Nightmares will follow.

4 Stars

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February 09, 2018

WINCHESTER

WinchesterDefective from its conception, this would-be horror movie doesn’t take the bother to establish a compelling protagonist. Even taken as a generic haunted-house movie, “Winchester” dovetails suspense rather than building it, much less paying off the way Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” did.

Helen Mirren is mesmerizing in the title role of Sarah Winchester even if the screenwriters/directors (The Spierig Brothers) don’t give her much room to run. Clearly, Mirren’s matriarchal character should have been the story’s protagonist. Instead we get substitution in the guise of Jason Clarke’s heroin-addicted doctor Eric Price, sent by the Winchester company board to assess Ms. Winchester’s mental stability. The mistress of the house has paranormal moments of clarity when she goes into a trance to diagram additions to the house that she is compulsively driven to have completed by a constant crew of workers. Ms. Winchester is constantly trapping the ghosts of people killed by her company’s firearms.

Winchester

“Winchester” wants to be a noble genre film that can be appreciated for its anti-gun message and theme. The fact that the film is based on a real life person, namely firearm heiress Sarah Winchester, hardly adds much narrative impact. Here is a promising premise that was mishandled. The problem lies in the structure, the plot, and the dialogue. Back to the drawing board boys.   

Rated PG-13. 99 mins. (D) (One star — out of five / no halves)


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