December 20, 1996 |
There's something about Wes Craven's sensational "Scream" popping up in a thicket of year-end prestige releases and holiday pictures that's as subversive as the movie itself. It's sensational in both senses of the word: a bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity. It risks going way over the top, deliberately generating considerable laughter in the process.
October 17, 1997 |
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" isn't the virtuoso work that "Scream," also written by Kevin Williamson, was. Nor is it as nonstop frightening. But it is fun, energetic and fairly scary. Its four young stars have exceptional poise and promise, and their presence contributes strongly to the film's enjoyment, as does the film's setting, a charming old North Carolina coastal community. It's the Fourth of July, and the four have recently graduated from high school.
December 12, 1997 |
You can't blame the makers of last year's terrific sleeper horror picture "Scream" for trying to cash in on its runaway success. Yet in striving mightily not merely to duplicate its impact but improve upon it, director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson have raised the ante to the degree that contrivance and a horrendous body count combine to yield a morbid effect for discriminating filmgoers, despite a comic tone.
January 8, 2013 |
“The Following,” a new Fox drama about the hunt for a cult of killers is coming under scrutiny in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month. Premiering on Jan. 21, “The Following” stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent trying to hunt down a group of murderers who are inspired by a charismatic serial killer who is behind bars. The show, which has received good buzz, has no shortage of blood and gore. Fox Broadcasting Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly defended “The Following” on Tuesday at the semi-annual Television Critics Assn.
October 7, 1999 |
ABC's premiering "Wasteland" is the cratered moonscape of the new season. A series as bad or as barren has yet to air. Talk about bipolarity in prime time. Kevin Williamson, whose Fox series "Dawson's Creek" is about teenagers who think and talk like adults, this time delivers a drama whose mid-20ish characters think and sound like teenagers. Dumb teenagers.
February 17, 2006 |
There are few words to describe the awfulness of "Tamara," but let's try these: dismal and utterly lacking in any artistic or social merit, other than the filmmakers' skill at conning someone into letting them commit this mess to celluloid. The title character (played by Jenna Dewan) is an "ugly" girl. This, in the language of teen flicks, means she is a sexpot whose sexpotness is masked by stringy hair and a few pimples.
March 7, 1998 |
Independent film distributor Miramax Films Corp. won another important legal round against Sony Pictures Entertainment over ads for Sony's hit film "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Miramax began alleging last fall that Sony's Columbia Pictures unit and producer Mandalay Entertainment marketed the film before its release last October with a misleading campaign that said the movie was "from the creator of Scream," the popular Miramax-distributed franchise. U.S.
July 29, 1998 |
The Scene: Monday's premiere of Dimension's "Halloween H20" at the Village theater. A party followed at the Geffen Playhouse. The film is the sixth sequel to the genre classic "Halloween" and marks the 20th anniversary of stardom for that knife-wielding, masked maniac who takes sibling rivalry to new heights.
September 10, 2009 |
For months now people have been anticipating "The Vampire Diaries" as a CW-ized version of "Twilight" with a bunch of sensitive young lovelies yearning and burning for danger, romance and the ultimate penetration. In between bouts of underage drinking, texting, girl-bonding, and the inevitable minor-key whine of a soundtrack, that is. "True Blood Lite" or "Transylvania 90210." And you know what? It is. Almost exactly. But this is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Because "Vampire Diaries" knows precisely what it is -- a Gothic romance -- and doesn't try to be anything else.