Thursday, March 26, 2009
Listen to the KPBS Film Club of the Air's discussion about The Last House on the Left.
Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter in The Last House on the Left - are they out for revenge or just fighting for survival? (Rogue Pictures)
Remakes of My Bloody Valentine , Friday the 13th and The Last House on the Left have already left a bloody trail at theaters and The Haunting in Connecticut opens tomorrow. So there's no shortage of horror fare in theaters. The problem is finding good horror. Listen to the KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion about The Last House on the Lef t -- both the old and the new -- and about what makes a good horror film. Lionsgate's The Haunting in Connecticut is not being screened for critics and that's becoming the standard for most new horror films. The reasons range from the film being a piece of crap and the studios are afraid of press to fear on the part of filmmakers that preview screenings often mean spoliers are out befopre the film hits the theaters to the fact that to a certain degree these genre films don't need press coverage. If you are a horror fan you already know what's coming out and if you are a ravenous horror fan like I am then you don't care what reviewers say, you just want to see everything in the hopes that one of these releases will actually be scary. So here's hoping that The Haunting in Connecticut will deliver some scares even though the title sucks. I mean Connecticut just doesn't conjure up scary connotations (people actuaklly laughed at the title when I saw the trailer in a theater). I'll catch the film when it opens and have a review this weekend.
The Haunting in Connecticut opens Friday but will not be screened for critics. (Lionsgate)