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Mania Review: Space Station 76 by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(September 19, 2014)
Behold, your stoner comedy for the fall! It’s almost as hard to hate Space Station 76 as it is to recommend it without an apologetic grin. It spins a one-joke premise into 90 minutes worth of shaggy dog comedy: inventive in how it reworks the same basic

Mania Review: The Maze Runner by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(September 19, 2014)
Every good story depends on the judicious application of questions and answers. Indeed, the entire art of storytelling hinges on positing an interesting question and providing a satisfactory answer. Will Hamlet avenge his father? Is Elizabeth going to end

The 'Burbs Steelbook Blu-ray Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnista and Critic
(September 16, 2014)
When a legendary director like Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) collaborates with the mad geniuses at Arrow Films what follows is a magical maelstrom of must own Blu-ray madness. Flying at fans this week, resplendent with killer artwork and rare special f

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(September 11, 2014)


Pumpkinhead (Collector's Edition) Blu-ray Review by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(September 09, 2014)


WILLOW CREEK Blu-ray Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(September 09, 2014)


The Fall of '84: The Warrior and the Sorceress by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(September 09, 2014)
The most important thing about The Warrior and the Sorceress – the one element that absolutely no other movie in the world can offer – is the sight of a woman with four breasts. It’s featured prominently on the poster, along with David Carradine give

The Fall of '84: Ninja III: The Domination by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(September 08, 2014)
We’re doing these 30-year retrospectives in part because we love the 80s… and few movies embody the 80s in such a gloriously awful fashion as Ninja III: The Domination. It distilled the decade down to diamond-hard pellets, dumps them into a shotgun, an

Mania Review: Devoured by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(September 05, 2014)
Torture porn and its ilk moved away from mainstream horror films a few years ago, but never really died. They continue to thrive on the lower end of the scale: VOD and direct-to-video platforms cranking out nasty, nihilistic tales marked more by their expl

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(September 02, 2014)


The Summer of '84: C.H.U.D. by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 31, 2014)
One really shouldn’t expect much from a movie like C.H.U.D. Most of the creativity went into the title, after all, which was good enough to earn them a nod on The Simpsons. Considering that it basically came from a bunch of bright young filmmakers with a

Mania Review: As Above, So Below by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 29, 2014)
Dear horror movies, ENOUGH WITH THE GODDAMN SHAKY-CAM! I understand that it helps you get made on a budget – as well as getting around those pesky things like proper lighting and direction – but if I have to sit through one more herky-jerky headache-in

The Legend of Hell House: Blu-ray Review by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 28, 2014)


Only Lovers Left Alive Blu-ray Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(August 26, 2014)


Mania Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 22, 2014)
The original Sin City left me surprisingly cold. It adhered so closely to Frank Miller’s original comic vision that it forgot to be cinematic. It was like one of those “motion comics” they occasionally try to sell us where they deliver CGI-motion ver

The Summer of '84: Sheena by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 19, 2014)
Late at night, when the lights go out, film lovers secretly give a prayer of thanks for movies like Sheena. They’re so bad – so epically, fundamentally wrong-headed – that their very existence on-screen constitutes a minor miracle. We condemn them wi

The Summer of '84: Dreamscape by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 18, 2014)
I really wanted Dreamscape to work and when I was younger, it probably worked better. It was only the second film ever to earn the PG-13 rating (the first was Red Dawn, which beat it to theaters by one week), and thus carried the delicate whiff of forbidde

Mania Review: The Expendables 3 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(August 15, 2014)


The Summer of '84: Cloak & Dagger by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 13, 2014)
The Cold War wasn't just for grown-ups apparently. Kids could get in on the action too. And in 1984 no kid was more beloved than Henry Thomas, star of E.T., who put his nascent celebrity wattage to work with a pint-sized spy caper called Cloak & Dagger. It

The Summer of '84: Red Dawn by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 12, 2014)
Looking back at Red Dawn, I find myself grappling with two distinct, seemingly opposing truths: 1)Showing a genuine guerilla war in the heartland of America could be genuinely cool; and 2)You still have to get the bad guys there in the first place.

The Summer of '84: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 11, 2014)
If you’re a comic book fan, chances are your first exposure to the medium didn’t come with an issue #1. It was #47 or #83 or #279: something in the middle of a complicated storyline where you had to pick up the threads as you went. “Okay, this person

Mania Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 08, 2014)
The Internet gets a little hysterical sometimes. Take, for instance, the significant kerfuffle regarding the latest reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Someone (we won't say who, but is initials are "Michael Bay") made some vague promises about taking

The Summer of '84: The Philadelphia Experiment by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 04, 2014)
Kids like to think of movies like The Philadelphia Experiment as “grown-up.” The kind of movie you want to see just because you’re certain the adults are flocking to it and gleaning some kind of secret grown-up knowledge that you too could share if o

Blu-Ray Review: The Ong-bak Trilogy by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 04, 2014)
A friend of mine once expressed his desire to see something he called Fight: The Movie: a single 90-minute action sequence devoid of plot or character, with one guy beating the crap out of a small army of opponents in countless different ways for the whole

Mania Review: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(August 01, 2014)
I wasn’t sure what to think about Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, given how little I liked the first film, and how much less I liked the (barely seen) second. Eli Roth’s movies never particularly appealed to me, nor did the torture porn movement they helped

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