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Movie Issues: Black Christmas

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Movie Issues: Black Christmas

Happy Holidays!!! T’is the season once again here at Movie Issues HQ and we are just beginning to celebrate. We’re getting the lights out, the tree up, and the eggnog all liquored and ready to go! To start the season off we watched the 2006 remake of Black Christmas. This is a real piece of crap, what a terrible idea this movie was. Unlike the original from 1974, which is an amazing horror film, this is just one uninspiring film from to start to finish.  Like the gift of socks or a bad tie, you just want to leave this under the tree and hope it’s forgotten. So please download and join us as we try to get though this appalling movie.

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Movie Issues: Poltergeist

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Movie Issues: Poltergeist

When it’s Halloween, what’s a better way to enjoy the season? Ghost movies of course! This week we watched the best ghost movie ever made: 1982s Poltergeist, the simple story of a family that moves into a house that becomes haunted by several pissed off spirits that make their daily lives a living hell. Let it be the clown, the tree, or simply tearing your face off, this is a movie that stands the test of time scaring the crap outta of people for decades.

So come on in, download, and enjoy this spooky movie.

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Movie Issues: Deep Blue Sea

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Movie Issues: Deep Blue Sea

So this week, the guys decide to watch a creature feature, a great one too: Deep Blue Sea. For those of you who might not remember, that’s the 1999 Renny Harlin flick about sharks that get way too smart for our good and start terrorizing the people that made them that way.

Get ready to hear the guys sharing a beer and commiserating over their fear/hatred of sharks.

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Movie Issues: They Live

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Movie Issues: They Live

This week the guys decide to take off their awesome 80s glasses and see the truth in They Live, the 1988 sic-fi/horror flick from horror master John Carpenter. They Live is considered a cult film that all cult film enthusiast should see.

So come and join in as we watch WWF star Rowdy Roddy Piper team-up with Keith David to take on some alien scum and fight for basic human rights.

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Movie Issues: Dual Review “Cabin in the Woods”

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Movie Issues: Dual Review “Cabin in the Woods”

Leland and Spooky saw another movie, so you know what that means: another Dual Review! We take the best two nerds can offer and give it to you for the price of a single admission. This week, the boys were blessed by fate with the chance to see Cabin in the Woods.  Filmed in 2009, but held back by studios who wanted it converted to 3D (despite the writers’ strong objections), this horror/sci-fi romp is Thor’s Chris Hemsworth’s first staring role; supported by a handful of the Whedon-verse’s familiar faces.

Find out why Cabin in the Woods gets the Movie Issues stamp of approval as a recommended must-see.

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Movie Issues Review: The Woman in Black

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Movie Issues Review: The Woman in Black

Harry Potter’s fought a lot of crazy stuff while at Hogwarts, but now school’s over and there’s no hocus pocus left to get him out of a jam.

Yeah I know The Woman in Black isn’t another Harry Potter sequel, but I can’t help it, Daniel Redcliffe has been Harry Potter for a decade. Now he’s on his own though without the support of Potter-Heads and his trusty wand. Can Daniel Redcliffe handle the leading role of this Gothic Horror?

Leland and Spooky from Movie Issues saw The Woman in Black and had this to say about it:

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Scream 4

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Scream 4

This review is going to piss some of you off.  It should be stated up front that I am a fan of the Scream franchise.  I love its blend of meta-fiction and real scares, its formula-bending obedience to and rejection of horror movie clichés.  I love that these movies have an increasingly Ourobouros-like tendency toward self-awareness while never abandoning an actual narrative.  I love that the women characters are actually strong people, unlike the objectified faux-strong gals in the Joss Whedon adventures.  Halloween scared the crap out of me because it was just a guy who went nuts and started killing people.  All the folks who have donned the Ghostface mask for the Scream adventures have been real — and smart — people who went bonkers.  Yikes!

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Let Me In

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Let Me In

Let Me In

Matinee with Snacks

For those fans of the Swedish original (Let The Right One In) who are all up in arms about an Americanized remake, calm yourself. Director/screenwriter Matt Reeves was a fan of that film too and did not at all want to interfere with the sanctity of the original — and, in fact, took ownership by writing and directing this film, specifically to prevent the inevitable Hollywood slaughter. In a way, this film is a love letter to the original, drawing attention to it while also serving as a solid movie in its own right. All that said, I have to confess that while I found myself lulled to sleep by the original, I was chewing my fingernails off during the remake. Stylistic differences? Am I just a populist and not a cineaste? Or is my couch just that comfortable? You can decide. All I’m saying is while I admired the bravery and beauty of the original, this one “worked” for me.

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Monsters

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Monsters

A friend subtitled this movie based on its premise District 9 II: Immigration Reform, and we laughed at the brazenness of the writer/director/cinematographer setting the Infected Zone in the border states of Mexico. Monsters is a story not of an alien invasion, but the hassle of the aftermath of an alien invasion. Unlike District 9, the victimized citizenry are the humans, and the aliens are implacable death machines — or are they? It’s been six years since Mexico was overrun with these Lovecraftian tentaculosaurs, so our story is concerned with the somewhat contrived and well-tread premise of two Americans trying to get back to the States with all these terrible, predatory obstacles.

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Piranha 3-D

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Piranha 3-D

Matinee Price

When I saw the first Piranha movie in 1978, I was totally traumatized. I would not take a bath, never mind swim, for some time. I just knew those piranha would come up through the drain and eat me up. When I saw Jaws in the same year, I thought, “no way am I swimming in the ocean now,” and I was haunted by the lone swimmer’s fate in the opening sequence. All this history is just to say that I have a fondness for the effectiveness of Death from the Deep movies. Deep Rising: total hoot. Lake Placid: big fun. Piranha 3D: schlocktacular.  Check out more after the break!

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