If you have an ax to grind with someone who harbors a morbid fear of surgery, you couldn't design a better revenge than taking them to see "Awake."
In the preposterous, ripped-off-from-another-hit-Asian-thriller "The Eye," a blind concert violinist has an eye operation and starts seeing all sorts of things she never signed on for.
As American horror has devolved into a butcher's market, where the hacking, lopping and chopping of captives has become the central purpose, the genre has forgotten to care about the people doing all the screaming -- the "us" in the movie.
The horror flick "White Noise: The Light" failed to send chills down my spine, but it did succeed in tickling my funny bone. Between its cheesy visual effects, jaw-droppingly bad dialogue, and bombastic talk of near-death experiences, precognition and "electronic voice phenomena," or EVP to those in the know, I couldn't stop chuckling to myself.
The first hour of the Brazilian-themed slasher flick "Turistas" looks like a slick, well-produced travelogue. But, after more than the usual amount of set-up, the picture reverts to Hollywood form with the introduction of a mad surgeon in a tedious twist that sends packing any hope of a few days rest and relaxation in the sun.
Like the proverbial glass of water, the horror flick "Vacancy" can be, depending on your point of view and general outlook on life, half empty or half full. It comes down to how willing you are to overlook the picture's narrative shortcomings, shaky character motivation and occasional lapses in logic.
Poor Elisha Cuthbert: The effervescent actress could easily carry a breezy romantic comedy on her shoulders, but instead she finds herself routinely bound, gagged and tortured in sadistic Hollywood slasher flicks.