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Alone in the Dark (2005)
Huh? And huh? again.
Spoilers ahead, but does it really matter? Have you ever read a movie review composed entirely of questions? Could this be it? Why did an ancient civilization bury artifacts all over the world? Why is this question never answered? Why was the opening text crawl incoherent? Why would a nun (she sure seemed nice!) hand over 20 orphans to a madman? Has there always been a gold mine in downtown Vancouver? Why does one of the gold mine's shafts exit in the front yard of an orphanage? Why does Tara Reid's character suddenly show up at Christian Slater's apartment for sex? (Or did I just answer my own question?) Why would even a non-archaeologist bang open an obviously valuable solid gold chest with a sledgehammer? Why would modern computers still display green pre-Tron-era grid outlines of objects, complete with little "bleeps"? And must all movie explosive timers have digital displays? Why doesn't ANYTHING in this movie make any sense?
Darkness Falls (2003)
not bad at all
Up front: I've just read other IMDb members' reviews of Darkness Falls, and if this isn't just the darndest case of "I-must-have-been-watching-a-different-movie" that I've come across! The following is clearly a VERY brief minority report.
Decent acting, good story flow, nice special effects for the budget, honest scares, fine gore-avoidance, entertaining mood-setting opening credits, and cliches up the whazoo. A solid 6 out of 10.
This, from a jaded, cynical old-timer.
My Bodyguard (1980)
an overlooked delight
This tale of odd friendships is delightful. The film is full of wonderful moments and some fine insight into the minds and hearts of teenagers. The scene wherein "my bodyguard" finally locates the used motorcycle part which will put him back on the road, and the ride with Cliff which follows, are a joy to behold. Enjoy small roles by John Houseman, Ruth Gordon, and larger ones by Matt Dillon and Martin Mull,and even a quick appearance by George Wendt. The soundtrack is a great mix of classical plus some hard-to-define music from jazz great Dave Grusin.
The Ghost Train (1941)
great British fun
Ghost Train is a fine and entertaining film, typical of the better British comedy chillers of the 1930s and 40s. The antics of comedian Arthur Askey are not as funny as they once apparently were, but this can be overcome by viewing him as a period piece or a curiosity.
For a low-budget wartime production, Ghost Train is atmospheric, effective, and it provides some genuine suspense. Great fun for a dark (and, yes, stormy) night. Lighten up, take off the critic's hat, and enjoy.