Tag Archive: Serial killers

alex crossStarring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Cicely Tyson, Giancarlo Esposito, John C. McGinley & Jean Reno
Screenplay by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson
Directed by Rob Cohen

Detective and psychologist Alex Cross hunts down a serial killer known as Picasso.

Who knew underneath
Madea’s wig, dress hid an
even worse actor?

Grade: D+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Alex Cross is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/5/13.


Haiku Review: The Raven (2012)

Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve & Brendan Gleeson
Screenplay by Ben Livingston & Hannah Shakespeare
Directed by James McTeigue

Edgar Allen Poe must help police stop a serial killer whose murders are inspired by the author’s work.

Would he ever watch
this turkey again? Quoth the
critic “Nevermore.”

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Raven is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Based on the best-selling book by Stieg Larsson, David Fincher’s highly-anticipated adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has just opened in theaters. But before Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara inhabited the beloved characters of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, there was a 2009 adaptation of the novel in the author’s native Sweden starring rising star Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). So which movie is better? Is the latest film worth the price of admission, or will fans of the the Swedish original want to stay away? The Haiku Review presents its latest Remake Spotlight to help viewers determine which Tattoo is worth the money. Continue reading

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk & Katrina Bowden
Written by Eli Craig & Morgan Jurgenson
Directed by Eli Craig

Two redneck friends are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids, especially when a number of them begin to die off in seemingly suspicious circumstances.

Hey college kids! You’re
in for some bloody (great) laughs.
A new cult classic.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman & Emily Hampshire
Written and directed by Jacob Tierney

With their neighborhood under siege from a serial killer, three apartment building residents allow dark secrets to turn their relationships deadly.

Unlikeable creeps,
plot holes are murder. Also:
don’t let your cats watch.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Good Neighbors is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/27/11.

Haiku Review: Scream 4 (2011)

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts & Hayden Panettiere
Written by Kevin Williamson
Directed by Wes Craven

When frequent Ghostface Killer target Sidney Prescott returns to her hometown after ten years, a new wave of murders begin.

So much potential
Reboot script needed fresh blood
Psst! Irony’s dead

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Scream 4 is now playing in theaters nationwide.