31 August 2009

ROOM 33

ROOM 33

German Title:
Fear Asylum


USA, 2007
Director: Eddie Barbini

5/10






 




A pretty ok and entertaining low-budget ghost story. Quite tense and atmospheric, sadly a bit too slow and tedious, especially in the first half. The acting is pretty mediocre and the dialogue is mostly lame, even so there's still an interesting plot, an amazing-looking asylum and some neat gore.

Bram Stoker's DRACULA

Bram Stoker's DRACULA

USA, 1992
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

9/10










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SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!

SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!

Alternate Title:
High Rise

German Title:
Das unsichtbare Auge

USA, 1978
Director: John Carpenter

8/10





An excellent early made-for-TV work from John Carpenter that feels like a tribute to Hitchcock's "Rear Window". Highly suspenseful and pretty creepy with excellent camera work, a great cast (Lauren Hutton, Adrienne Barbeau...), a perfectly paced script with an excellent suspense build-up and an effective soundtrack.
By the way: right after this movie, Carpenter directed "Halloween". Looks like 1978 was HIS year. :-)

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30 August 2009

TIMBER FALLS

TIMBER FALLS

USA, 2007
Director: Tony Giglio

2/10











Completely annoying backwoods-crap, extremely boring and unsuspenseful with a bunch of terrible actors and some really lame kills. 2-3 ok scenes, apart from that it's just plain shit.

CACHÉ

CACHÉ

Alternate Title:
Hidden

France / Austria / Germany / Italy, 2005
Director: Michael Haneke

9/10





Another excellent masterpiece from the great Michael Haneke. Incredibly dark, incredibly disturbing, incrediblythrilling. Plot and script are fantastic, camera work, lighting and editing are just fantastic. Some stunning acting performances from Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche & Annie Girardot, and one of the most gruesome suicide scenes in movie history. A must-see for every arthouse fan!

THE FRIGHTENERS

THE FRIGHTENERS

New Zealand / USA, 1996
Director: Peter Jackson

8/10










Brilliantly entertaining but sadly horribly underrated kinda-horror-comedy, extremely funny but also pretty scary and thrilling with a terrific and original plot, a top notch cast (Michael J. Fox, Jeffrey Combs, R. Lee Ermey...), highly amusing dialogue ("You're such an asshole!" - "I'm an asshole... with an Uzi!"), absolutely outstanding special effects and loads of  really tense scenes.

THE 'BURBS

THE 'BURBS

German Title:
Meine teuflischen Nachbarn


USA, 1989
Director: Joe Dante

10/10






One of the best horror comedies ever made and also one of my alltime favorites, a movie I could watch over and over. Highly entertaining but also pretty tense with gorgeous settings, a brilliant script, outstanding black humour and a terrific cast (Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman...). A must-see!

29 August 2009

GNAW

GNAW

UK, 2009
Director: Gregory Mandry

2/10









A super-boring, completely unsuspenseful and totally pointless backwoods slasher/cannibal-blend with a dumb plot and many untalented actors. I remember 2-3 ok gore scenes - the rest is just forgettable crap.

25 August 2009

THE STENDHAL SYNDROME

THE STENDHAL SYNDROME

Original Title:
La sindrome di Stendhal

German Title:
Das Stendhal-Syndrom

Italy, 1996
Director: Dario Argento

6/10



An interesting and highly intelligent horror thriller, very atmospheric and thrilling with a decent cast and a great plot (it's pretty original to use the Stendhal Syndrome in a horror movie), unfortunately it's way too long and slow-paced, with some bad CGI and a bunch of extremely tedious scenes.

24 August 2009

TENEBRAE

TENEBRAE

Alternate Titles:
Tenebre / Unsane

Alternate German Title:
Tenebre - Der kalte Hauch des Todes

Italy, 1982
Director: Dario Argento

8/10



Excellent and beautiful late giallo from grandmaster Argento, highly suspenseful and thrilling, but also pretty gory and brutal with a superb cast, beautiful-looking suburb settings, an interesting story (full of brilliant twists and turns), great cinematography, great soundtrack and a couple of stunning kills. Classic!

23 August 2009

OPERA

OPERA

Alternate Title:
Terror At The Opera

German Titles:
Terror in der Oper / Im Zeichen des Raben

Italy, 1988
Director: Dario Argento

9/10


Probably Argento's last uber-masterpiece. A terrific and surprisingly brutal modern-day giallo with loads of stunning death scenes, some outstanding atmosphere, many super-stylish and fantastic-looking settings, a terrific cast and a brilliantly written plot/script. An excellent work of art, bravo!

The CHILD'S PLAY series

CHILD'S PLAY

German Title:
Chucky - Die Mörderpuppe / Die Mörderpuppe

USA, 1988
Director: Tom Holland

8/10






Great 80s cult classic, very tense, atmospheric and thrilling, but also pretty entertaining with a great suspense build-up, very good camera work, terrific effects and some surprisingly cool dialogue, plus (of course) Chucky, one of horror's most amusing villains. Great movie!




CHILD'S PLAY 2

German Title:
Chucky 2 - Die Mörderpuppe ist zurück!

USA, 1990
Director: John Lafia

7/10






Decent sequel, not as good as Part 1, but still highly entertaining and suspenseful, again with excellent effects and brilliant atmosphere, with funny dialogue, great kills, a great-looking toy factory and a terrific climax




CHILD'S PLAY 3

Alternate Title:
Child's Play 3: Look Who's Stalking

German Title:
Chucky 3

USA, 1991
Director: Jack Bender

4/10



Pretty weak and boring follow-up with a terrible plot, a bad script, sub-standard acting and many unnecessary and forgettable scenes. At least the kills are all nice and Chucky is as great as always.




BRIDE OF CHUCKY

Alternate Titles:
Child's Play 4

German Title:
Chucky und seine Braut

USA, 1998
Director: Ronny Yu

5/10



Quite decent but IMO horribly overrated sequel.
Some nice doll action, great kills, a cool soundtrack and a splendid cast (Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter...) - sadly it's way too cheesy and funny for my liking, and the lack of suspense or tension it rather annoying.





SEED OF CHUCKY

German Title:
Chucky's Baby

USA, 2004
Director: Don Mancini

3/10







Stupid, pointless and totally unnecessary sequel, again annoyingly cheesy and funny. Some ok kills, neat effects and a fabulous Jennifer Tilly - the rest just sucks.

HARDWARE

HARDWARE

Alternate Title:
M.A.R.K-13

German Title:
M.A.R.K. 13 - Hardware

UK, 1990
Director: Richard Stanley

7/10



A weird but interesting and pretty cool post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick, very inventive, highly atmospheric with terrific-looking settings, great camera work, great special effects, a great soundtrack (Motörhead, Ministry, PIL...), a nice cast (incl. brilliant guest appearances from Lemmy & Iggy Pop) and a bunch of cool deaths. A bit too tedious in the middle but overall a really entertaining 90s movie.

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22 August 2009

SUNSHINE

SUNSHINE

UK, 2007
Director: Danny Boyle

5/10











You'll probably hate me for this but IMO "Sunshine" is just a mediocre science fiction film from an overrated director. I've read lots of glowing reviews from people who compare it with masterpieces like "2001" or "Blade Runner" - which is bullshit.
Of course, it's a visually stunning movie with brilliant-looking CGI, fantastic effects and great camera work and of course there are a couple of really tense moments in it.
Nevertheless it's for the most part pretty stupid, mainly because of an extremely dumb plot full of huge holes, illogical scenes and completely ridiculous ideas (that psychotic zombie-astronaut really infuriated me). The longer it lasts, the more annoying it gets and you finally realize in the last third that nearly nothing makes sense in here.
A big disappointment.

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21 August 2009

DEEP BLUE SEA

DEEP BLUE SEA

Alternate Title:
Deep Blue

USA, 1999
Director: Renny Harlin

6/10







Not exactly great but at least a quite enjoyable shark-action-flick that takes itself not too serious.
Harlin's direction is rather lame, the plot is dumb and it's full of tedious moments. Nevertheless, the cast is pretty fun (LL Cool J, Stellan Skarsgard...), the dialogue is often pretty hilarious ("Einstein's theory of relativity: grab hold of a hot pan, second can seem like an hour. Put your hands on a hot woman, an hour can seem like a second. It's all relative.") and the shark scenes are all entertaining, plus: the Samuel L. Jackson death scene is one of the most unexpected scenes I've ever seen in a movie.

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TERROR IN THE AISLES

TERROR IN THE AISLES

Alternate Title:
Time For Terror


German Title:
Terror im Parkett

USA, 1984
Director: Andrew J. Kuehn

8/10





An absolutely wonderful and fun documentary showing the best and creepiest scenes and clips from the greatest horror/thriller movies of history ("Halloween", "Jaws", "Shining", "The Funhouse", "Psycho" and many many more).
I don't know how often I watched it in my youth (10 times? 20 times?). Anyway, it's definitely the one movie that made me completely addicted to horror.

The CREEPSHOW series

CREEPSHOW

German Title:
Die unheimlich verrückte Geisterstunde

USA, 1982
Director: George A. Romero

8/10






Highly entertaining anthology movie classic, written by Stephen King in the style of classic horror comic books from the 50s like 'Tales From The Crypt' or 'The Vault Of Horror' with 5 wonderful tales about
(1) a zombie-father expecting his father's day cake,
(2) a meteorite that spreads some kinda plant-like organism,
(3) a husband burying his wife and her lover alive on the beach,
(4) a man-eating creature inside a crate
and (5) a tremendous cockroach invasion,
plus a wrap-around story involving comic books and a voodoo doll.

Pretty scary but also pretty amusing with a fantastic cast (Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, Ed Harris, Stephen King...) and great make-up effects from Tom Savini.
I especially enjoyed the way they filmed, lighted and edited the whole movie which makes it really look like a comic book; and although I like all of the episodes, I think #3 is definitely the highlight of the movie.
Popcorn cinema at its best!




CREEPSHOW 2

Alternate Title:
Dead And Undead: Creepshow 2

German Title:
Creepshow 2 - Kleine Horrorgeschichten

USA, 1987
Director: Michael Gornick

7/10



Not as good as Part 1 but still pretty entertaining sequel with 3 tales about
(1) a wooden Indian that comes to life,
(2) a blob-like creature in a lake
and (3) an undead hitchhiker,
plus a wrap-around story involving a venus fly-trap.

At times a bit tedious and dull, and IMO they could have recruited a better cast - apart from that it's terrifically amusing, quite tense and creepy. Episode 2 is undoubtedly the highlight of the film, an excellent adaptation of "The Raft", one of my alltime favorite horror stories from King.

CREEPSHOW III

Alternate Title:
Creepshow 3


USA, 2006
Directors: Ana Clavell and James Glenn Dudelson

1/10








An insult to George Romero, an insult to Stephen King, an insult to everyone else who was involved with the first 2 parts and, of course, an insult to every Creepshow-fan. Everything (except 2-3 nice gore scenes) in here sucks. 
5 stories - all crap. Ridiculous and completely pointless plot lines, badly written and paced. Nothing tense or entertaining in here, just endless boredom and dullness. Every single actor delivers a horrible performance, every single setting looks lame, every single special effect looks terrible.
AVOID!!!

20 August 2009

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Original Title:
Il fantasma dell'opera

German Title:
Das Phantom der Oper

Italy/Hungary, 1998
Director: Dario Argento

5/10



Argento's second opera-themed movie after the amazing "Opera" turned out to be a weird and mediocre adaptation of Gaston Leroux classic novel. Great gore, nice atmosphere and brilliant settings, but also lousy dialogue, nearly no tension and a disappointing phantom. The biggest problems about the movie are (1) that it just can't decide between splatter movie, opera and (2) eventually the comedy scenes are not funny.
Overall quite ok but definitely nothing special.

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD

Original Title:
Paura nella città dei morti viventi

Alternate Title:
The Gates Of Hell

German Titles:
Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil / Ein Toter hing am Glockenseil / Eine Leiche hängt am Glockenseil / Die Stadt der lebenden Toten

Italy, 1980
Director: Lucio Fulci

5/10

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GREMLINS 1 & 2

GREMLINS

German Title:
Gremlins - Kleine Monster

USA, 1984
Director: Joe Dante

8/10






Highly original and inventive creature feature classic, pretty tense, eerie and atmospheric but also pretty entertaining and amusing with fantastic special effects, great-looking settings and a good cast.





GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH

German Title:
Gremlins 2 - Die Rückkehr der kleinen Monster

USA, 1990
Director: Joe Dante

8/10






Brilliant over-the-top-sequel, totally hilarious and freaked out. Dante gave a shit about creepiness and turned the Gremlins-tale into an anarchic and loony funfest with a huge amount of goofy effects, terrific movie in-jokes and a fabulous cast (Christopher Lee, John Glover...). Great!

THE VANISHING (Original & Remake)

THE VANISHING

Original Title:
Spoorloos

German Titles:
Spurlos verschwunden / The Vanishing - Spurlos verschwunden

Netherlands / France, 1988
Director: George Sluizer

10/10




One of my alltime favorites and IMO one of the best movies ever made. "The Vanishing" is an absolutely outstanding psychological horror-thriller, unbelievably atmospheric tense and suspenseful with a terrific cast (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu and Gene Bervoets are simply fantastic), a great story, a great script, excellent dialogue, beautiful camera work, beautiful locations and a wonderfully gloomy soundtrack. Yet, the absolute highlight is the stunning ending: I remember how shocked I first watched it. It's so incredibly harrowing and frightful, it's hard to take.
A fuckin' masterpiece, nuff said.





THE VANISHING
(US Remake)

German Title:
Spurlos

USA, 1993
Director: George Sluizer

5/10







Mediocre remake that can't hold a candle to the original.
Pros: a terrific cast (Kiefer Sutherland, Jeff Bridges...), a creepy score, great-looking locations.
Cons: not enough tension or atmosphere, lame dialogue, the new 'happy' ending is simply unwatchable.

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE

German Title:
Geschichten aus der Schattenwelt

USA, 1990
Director: John Harrison

8/10








Wonderful anthology movie based on the classic TV series with 3 brilliant tales about
(1) a mummy's resurrection
(adapted from an Arthur Conan Doyle short story),
(2) an immortal cat
(written by George Romero, adapted from a Stephen King short story)
and (3) a gargoyle-like creature,
plus a wrap-around story about a woman who loves to cook children in Hansel-and-Gretel-style.

Highly entertaining and pretty scary with a wonderful cast (Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, David Johansen...), brilliant effects and a great score. A perfect popcorn movie!

VERTIGO

VERTIGO

German Title:
Vertigo - Aus dem Reich der Toten / Aus dem Reich der Toten

USA, 1958
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

9/10






I don't have a lotta say about this remarkable and landmark masterpiece: it's unbelievably suspenseful, atmospheric and thrilling, with a great story, outstanding camera work, wonderful colours, a stunning score and terrific acting performances (James Stewart, Kim Novak...). An excellent all-time classic!

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MISERY

MISERY

USA, 1990
Director: Rob Reiner

10/10









Frank Darabont is definitely not the 'king' of Stephen-King-adaptations, it's undoubtedly Rob Reiner. Out of a mediocre short story, he made the uber-excellent "Stand By Me" - and out of a pretty good novel, he made a pretty amazing suspense-masterpiece which is extremely gripping and thrilling and includes a terrific little cast (Kathy Bates, James Caan, Richard Farnsworth), beautiful settings and a couple of the most suspenseful edge-of-the-seat-scenes ever made.
A stunning and powerful movie not to be missed!

19 August 2009

RAZORBACK

RAZORBACK

German Title:
Razorback - Kampfkoloss der Hölle

Australia, 1984
Director: Russell Mulcahy

7/10






Suspenseful, atmospheric and quite original killer-pig flick with a nice story, a good cast, beautiful cinematography and a brilliant-looking creature. An underrated little 80s gem.

15 August 2009

TRICK OR TREAT

TRICK OR TREAT

German Title:
Ragman

USA, 1986
Director: Charles Martin Smith

6/10







Pretty funny and entertaining heavy-metal-80s-horror, nothing special but at least quite ok. I guess I'd love this one way more if I would be more interested in that whole 80s-hair-metal-thing.
Anyway, despite some boredom and hardly any chilling horror, it's an enjoyable waste of time with some nice characters, terrific cameos (Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons), a pretty cool soundtrack and some great-looking effects.

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WIND CHILL

WIND CHILL

German Title:
Der eisige Tod

UK/USA, 2007
Director: Gregory Jacobs

3,5/10






Boring and extremely tedious ghost tale. Interesting characters, great atmosphere, 2-3 pretty good scares - apart from that it's way too lengthy and dull with no tension and a stupid plot full of holes.

14 August 2009

THE UNBORN

THE UNBORN

USA, 2009
Director: David S. Goyer

2/10












One of the most boring and tedious movies I've ever seen. Full of completely dull meant-to-be-scary-scenes we've all seen thousand times before. The acting is often terribly lame (Gary Oldman, what the fuck is wrong with you?), the script is one big mess, the plot is completely unoriginal and there's absolutely no suspense, atmosphere or tension in here.
1 point for a few halfway ok scenes and 1 point for Odette Yustman's ass.

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SHUTTLE

SHUTTLE

USA, 2008
Director: Edward Anderson

7/10









Terrific and quite violent abduction-thriller, extremely tense and thrilling in the first and the last third, sadly a bit too boring in the middle, with a decent cast, fantastic atmosphere, some great deaths and an unexpectedly outstanding ending.

THE HAPPENING

THE HAPPENING

USA, 2008
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

4/10









All 4 points go to all the impressively brilliant suicide scenes (the amazing opening scene, the guy in the zoo, the lawnmower scene, etc. etc.) and some great atmosphere in the first half of the film.
No points go to the horrible plot/script, the horrid acting (Mark Wahlberg's worst performance of his life), unbelievably annoying dialogue and a huge load of boring, lengthy and unnecessary scenes.

WOLF

WOLF

German Title:
Wolf - Das Tier im Manne

USA, 1994
Director: Mike Nichols

9/10







One of the best modern werewolf-movies next to "Ginger Snaps". Extremely tense and thrilling, very atmospheric and cinematographically terrific. Jack Nicholson is awesome as always, the rest of the cast is also pretty great (Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Jenkins...), the special/make-up effects look fantastic and the story (which is more drama than horror) is original and convincing.

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THE VILLAGE

THE VILLAGE

German Title:
The Village - Das Dorf

USA, 2004
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

9,5/10






It's a tough job to constantly defend a movie you totally love, and to constantly explain why you totally love it - yet, it's worth it.
Seriously, the amount of bad reviews and people hating "The Village" is high. Why? I don't know but I'm quite sure that it has indeed something to do with bad marketing (as mentioned here).

Well, I really, really love it and I totally don't understand how anyone can hate it. It's just a beautiful movie, tremendously shot and cinematographed. The cast is absolutely excellent with terrific acting performances from a couple of outstanding actors (Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and most notably Bryce Dallas Howard).
The story is great, the script brilliantly written/paced with a remarkable end twist, fine character development and some great dialogue
It's tense and highly suspenseful with a couple of spine-chilling and superscary scenes, but also pretty deep, emotional and powerful.
Not your average horror movie, more of a fascinating horror drama and IMO Shyamalan's best film so far.

SIGNS

SIGNS

German Title:
Signs - Zeichen

USA, 2002
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

7/10





 
Another highly entertaining Shyamalan-mindfuck, not as great as "Sixth Sense" or "The Village" (mainly because of a pretty disappointing ending) but still a great and suspenseful flick with a nice story, terrific camera work, impressive atmosphere, wonderful settings and a pretty good cast.

THE SIXTH SENSE

THE SIXTH SENSE

USA, 1999
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

8/10









Brilliant and landmark ghost story, extremely tense, suspenseful, scary and atmospheric with terrific actors, a wonderful score, a couple of great jump scares and a fantastic script with a magnificent twist ending. Classic!

12 August 2009

The URBAN LEGENDS series

URBAN LEGEND

German Title:
Düstere Legenden


USA, 1998
Director: Jamie Blanks

7/10








One of the more entertaining end-of-the-90s slashers. The urban legend concept and the suspenseful whodunit-script both work out great. There are some nice kills, beautiful atmosphere and a nice guest appearance from Robert Englund.Ok, the dialogue is often quite silly and the acting rather mediocre, still it's a brilliantly entertaining flick that perfectly kills time.



URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT

German Title:
Düstere Legenden 2

USA, 2000
Director: John Ottman

3/10







Weak and totally unoriginal sequel. No atmosphere, no suspense, no good actors and a really dumb plot - at least the killer looks great and there are some nice kills.




URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY

German Title:
Düstere Legenden 3

USA, 2005
Director: Mary Lambert

1/10






Undoubtedly one of the worst sequels I've seen so far. One ok scene, everything else ist just crap: horrible acting, awfully bad effects, terrible dialogue and a lame plot. Next.

11 August 2009

The ...WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER series

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

German Title:
Ich weiß, was du letzten Sommer getan hast

USA, 1997
Director: Jim Gillespie

8/10




This was one of the first horror movies I've seen in the theater. Totally fell in love with it back then - and, yeah, I still like it. It's a highly entertaining and quite suspenseful teen-slasher. Story, acting and dialogue may be nothing special - thankfully there are many other great things about it: beautiful and highly atmospheric settings, a very well paced and written script, an awesome looking killer, loads of nice kills, loads of tense and superscary edge-of-seat-scenes (most notably: the fantastic scene where Gellar wakes up with her hair cut off), a cool soundtrack and a really terrific ending.
90s horror rules! :-)

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I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

German Title:
Ich weiß noch immer, was du letzten Sommer getan hast

USA, 1998
Director: Danny Cannon

3/10





Absolutely terrible and extremely disappointing sequel. A couple of great kills and some nice-looking atmospheric shots - aside from that nearly everything sucks in here. The acting is lame (including horrible performances from Mekhi Phifer and Jack Black), large parts of the film are tremendously boring and tedious, there's hardly any suspense or tension and the plot is so indescribably stupid, it's stunning.
Forgettable crap.

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I'LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

German Title:
Ich werde immer wissen, was du letzten Sommer getan hast

USA, 2006
Director: Sylvain White

5/10





A completely unnecessary but at least surprisingly ok sequel. Sure, it's absolutely nothing special but gladly it's way more entertaining than Part 2. A silly but quite enjoyable plot, some decent acting, lots of cool kills and tense chase scenes, decent suspense, decent atmosphere and some neat special effects. Often a bit too predictable, some daft plot holes and loads of annoying dialoge but overall I really enjoyed it.
Where's Part 4?

10 August 2009

TOURIST TRAP

TOURIST TRAP

German Title:
Tourist Trap - Die Touristenfalle

USA, 1979
Director: David Schmoeller

6/10






Weird but quite interesting backwoods horror, unfortunately highly overrated (probably just because
Stephen King once praised it to the skies). It's very atmospheric and tense with wonderful settings and a couple of very memorable and superscary scenes, sadly it's also pften pretty tedious and boring.

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