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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Interview with Rory Culkin, "Jack Goes Home"

    Rory Culkin is a man who needs no introduction. As the youngest member of the Culkin family (at least five of whom are actors), he was on screen about as soon as he could walk. Today is perhaps best remembered for his role in “Signs” as Mel Gibson’s asthmatic son. But that was really just the beginning.

    Rory went on to appear in Wes Craven’s “Scream 4” (which I would argue is the best since the original). He has also branched out into independent film, appearing in a few of Derick ...
  2. Blu-ray Review: "The Hills Have Eyes" (1977)

    On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

    This film is marketed as a "sequel of sorts to Last House on the Left"... and was made before Wes Craven really blew up with "Nightmare on Elm Street" and still had to rely on a very low budget. Of the three films, this is the weakest (though still a classic). We, the audience are promised violence, ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Microwave Massacre" (1983)

    Construction worker Donald (Jackie Vernon) is having a hard time getting anything good to eat since his wife has decided to only cook gourmet foods. That and her constant harping cause him to snap, and he whacks her. Somewhere in the confusion he comes up with a new use for the microwave oven, and begins to eat much better. Soon he's experimenting with different recipes. And different meats.

    AllMovie wrote, "Despite utterly failing as comedy, horror and pornography, Microwave ...
  4. More Than Horror: Wes Craven's "Serpent and the Rainbow" (1988)

    A researcher (Bill Pullman) goes to Haiti in order to find a "zombie drug" that can give someone the appearance of death, when in actuality their body is at its lowest functioning. They may not breathe, or bleed, but they are not truly dead. The researcher and the company he works for hope to use it as an anesthetic.

    The film started as a book of the same name by anthropologist Wade Davis, who is probably the world's authority on voodoo and zombies. Discussions were made ...