Friday, April 15, 2005

Coming to a theater near you, 04/15/05...

The big movie of the week is The Amityville Horror, which is the latest in the apparently infinate line of '70s and '80s horror movie remakes. (Just this morning I saw that When A Stranger Calls is getting a redo.) I haven't seen the original movie, but apparently, to my surprise, the titular menace isn't a bigass shark.

Given the weak box office last week, along with the general continuity popularity of the horror genre right now, chances are this will easily win the weekend box office crown. I myself am not all that interested, but then I don't get out to see all that many movies. Besides, another film with a ghostly kid right now seems a tad superfluous. AH has earned a 42% postitive rating at, which actually is pretty decent for a horror movie.

That's about it for big movies this week, although David Duchovny's art house pet project House of D, which he wrote, directed and stars in, and which features Robin Williams in another "Please, give me an Oscar!" role, has the whiff of unintentional comedy all over it. Per The New York Times: "The reasons to avoid House of D, David Duchovny's earnest, unwatchable coming-of-age drama, can best be summarized in a simple declarative sentence: Robin Williams plays a retarded janitor."


At 2:39 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

Wow, and one of the X-Files episodes featured a retarded janitor! That must have become iconic with ole Dave.

As for Amityville, I'd catch little glimpses of it on cable, and it had some genuinely scary bits. But bits do not a motion picture make.


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