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Movie Review: “388 Arletta Avenue” (2011)

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First-person/found-footage/point-of-view (POV) style movies don’t bother me as much as they do some horror fans. Sure, not all of them are good, but I don’t avoid a horror movie if I see that it is POV.

Last year when I learned of 388 Arletta Avenue, all I knew of the movie was that it was a horror movie with Devon Sawa and Nick Stahl–two actors I really like. I was also intrigued because, despite it being out for a few years, I hadn’t heard of it. After doing some (non-spoiler) research online, I was surprised to see many favorable reviews of it. Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Maniac” (2012)

Regrettably, I cannot compare this remake to the original film as I have not seen all of the original. The original 1980 Maniac was on Netflix Streaming about a year ago and I never got around to finishing it. I will note that I watched about 20 minutes of the original and had a hard time getting into it;  Joe Spinell was just too disgusting for me to look at and it took a lot of effort to make it just 20 minutes. Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing it before it was pulled from Netflix.

maniac-poster-xlargeThis remake of Maniac has been on my radar for awhile. Seeing Elijah Wood associated with the film peeked my interest; I thought he did a great job as a young actor in both The Good Son (1993) and The Ice Storm (1997). I don’t care much for the fantasy Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies so I don’t remember his performance in those, but generally I enjoy Wood’s acting. In Maniac, however, I was really let down. Wood felt distanced from the role and almost uninterested. That is a problem especially considering the movie is filmed mostly from his point-of-view, in first-person. Continue reading

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