I’ve decided to create the Bare Bones column for miscellaneous reviews and items that don’t warrant a full write up as, in these particular instances, the reviews are simply put and don’t need a full column of it’s own to express. Sometimes, in the case of a movie review, a basic line or two pretty much sums it up and I don’t feel the need to give it the full treatment… as my opinion on these three recently watched flicks illustrates…
Remake has a few moments, especially in it’s second half and Moretz and Moore try hard but, it’s far too close to DePalma’s film to warrant it’s existence and the climax comes across as something out of an X-Men movie with Carrie becoming Magneto, hand gestures, levitation and all.
** and 1/2
DARK TOUCH (2013)
Irish horror/ psychological thriller Dark Touch is a noble effort and has some nice atmosphere, performances and chills but, as the plot unfolds, we realize we’ve seen it all before despite the well intended messages about child abuse and the traumatic effects it has both physically and mentally.
** and 1/2
ARGENTO’S DRACULA 3-D (2013)
Quite possibly the worst adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel and continued proof that Argento hasn’t made a film worth watching in over twenty years. Never a big fan of his flicks to begin with… I find them more silly then scary… but, at least his early works are entertaining, stylishly filmed and are worth watching. This is just a complete mess that fails even on a so bad it’s good level! This guy hasn’t made a good movie since the 80s.
* and 1/2