Jeff York

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a Hearty if Tardy Sequel

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a Hearty if Tardy Sequel

What’s with all of the decades-late sequels these days? Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049, Mary Poppins Returns… the list goes on and on. But as long as they’re critical and financial successes, more will be made. One of the latest is Zombieland: Double Tap, a sequel to the hit horror-comedy Zombieland from 2009. And while […]

 Jeff York

The Influence of “Get Out” and Its Limitations for Horror

The Influence of “Get Out” and Its Limitations for Horror

Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a seminal horror film. Unsettling, witty, and hugely political. It was made with a great deal of respect for the genre, yet Peele also elevated frighteners too, making a film that became a genuine “water cooler” pop culture entry. For months, people couldn’t stop talking about its twists, shocks, and […]

 Jeff York

“Haunt” Conjures Up Fresh Scares in Its Familiar Setting

“Haunt” Conjures Up Fresh Scares in Its Familiar Setting

The new horror movie Haunt starts with a simple, yet potent premise. Its setting is one of those makeshift haunted house attractions that pop up in vacant storefronts or suburban lots around Halloween to challenge customers to “survive” its maze of scares. The college kids who enter the one in this film have no idea […]

 Jeff York

“Scary Stories” Will Frighten Kids, But for Adults, This Isn’t “It”

“Scary Stories” Will Frighten Kids, But for Adults, This Isn’t “It”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, adapted from the popular fictional anthologies written by Alvin Schwartz, has the unenviable timing of opening in the week after the horrible shooting tragedies. Fictional ghost stories can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world. PG-13 rated frighteners rarely have the impact of the R-rated […]

 Jeff York

What the CBS Reboot of “The Twilight Zone” Needs to Do to Get Better

What the CBS Reboot of “The Twilight Zone” Needs to Do to Get Better

Rebooting any classic film or TV show is asking for trouble, let alone a beloved series such as The Twilight Zone. There have already been two mediocre attempts on television to bring back the show, not to mention an uneven 1983 theatrical film. None of them could hold a candle to the original TV series […]

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