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The Celtic Predator

I love movies, music, video games, and big, scary creatures.
The Celtic Predator has written 557 posts for Express Elevator to Hell

‘Forgotten’ (2017), ‘Below Zero’ (2021), & ‘Red Dot’ (2021): The Existential Dread of Guilt

Directed by: Jang Hang-jun [1], Lluís Quílez [2], Alain Darborg [3] || Produced by: Park Joon-shik [1], Josep Amorós, Pedro Uriol [2], Niklas Larsson, Anna Odenhall [3] Screenplay by: Jang Hang-jun [1], Fernando Navarro, Lluís Quílez [2], Alain Darborg, Per Dickson [3] || Starring: Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Moon Sung-keun, Na Young-hee [1], Javier Gutiérrez, … Continue reading

Brad Anderson’s ‘Session 9’ (2001), ‘The Machinist’ (2004), & ‘Fractured’ (2019): When Your Mind is Not Your Own

Directed by: Brad Anderson || Produced by: John Sloss, Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins, Michael Williams [1], Carlos Fernández [2], Neal Edelstein, Mike Macari, Paul Schiff [3] Screenplay by: Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon [1], Scott Kosar [2], Alan B. McElroy [3] || Starring: David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III … Continue reading

‘The Devil All the Time’ (2020): Different Media Require Different Storytellers

Directed by: Antonio Campos || Produced by: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Randall Poster, Max Born Screenplay by: Antonio Campos, Paulo Campos || Starring: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson Music by: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans || Cinematography: Lol Crawley || Edited by: Sofía … Continue reading

Possible Franchise Expansions on Streaming Platforms

In light of the successful revivals of intellectual properties (IPs) like Star Wars (theatrical releases [1977–2019]; expanded as The Mandalorian [2019-] and other shows on Disney+), The Karate Kid (theatrical releases [1984, 1986, 1989]; expanded with Cobra Kai [2019-] on YouTube Premium and later on Netflix), and Lost in Space (original broadcast television series [1965-1968]; … Continue reading

‘I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House’ (2016)… and This is a Review of Another Slow Horror Movie

Directed by: Osgood Perkins || Produced by: Rob Paris, Robert Menzies Screenplay by: Osgood Perkins || Starring: Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban, Lucy Boynton, Paula Prentiss Music by: Elvis Perkins || Cinematography: Julie Kirkwood || Edited by: Brian Ufberg || Country: Canada, United States || Language: English Running Time: 87 minutes I’ve reviewed or commented upon … Continue reading

‘The Dark Crystal’ (1982, 2019): A Masterwork of Puppetry and Fantasy

Created by: Jim Henson [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews [2] || Written by: David Odell [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, J.M. Lee, Vivian Lee, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott, Kari Drake, Margaret Dunlap [2]  Directed by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz [1] Louis Leterrier [2] || Starring: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards … Continue reading

‘Maria’ (2019): Neither Personality Nor Physicality

Directed by: Pedring A. Lopez || Produced by: Vic del Rosario, Kelly Uy Screenplay by: Yz Carbonell, Rex Lopez || Starring: Cristine Reyes, Germaine De Leon, KC Montero, Ronnie Lazaro, Freddie Webb, Guji Lorenzana Music by: Jessie Lasaten || Cinematography: Pao Orendain || Edited by: Jason Cahapay || Country: Philippines || Language: Filipino, English Running … Continue reading

Another Korean Genre Sampling: ‘The Call’ & ‘#Alive’ (2020)

Directed by: Lee Chung-hyun [1], Cho Il-hyung [2] || Produced by: Syd Lim, Jeong Hui-sun [1], Eugene Lee, Saemi Kim, Saerom Kim [2] Screenplay by: Lee Chung-hyun [1], Cho Il-hyung, Matt Naylor [2] || Starring: Jeon Jong-seo [1], Yoo Ah-in [2], Park Shin-hye1-2 Music by: Dalpalan [1], Tae-seong Kim [2] || Cinematography: Jo Young-jik [1], … Continue reading

‘Sacred Games’ (2018-2019): A Neo-Noir Detective Story of Apocalyptic Vision

Created by: Vikramaditya Motwane || Written by: Varun Grover, Smita Singh, Vasant Nath Directed by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya, Neeraj Ghaywan || Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechli, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Jatin Sarna No. of Episodes: 16 What kind of story do you get when you combine crime drama, … Continue reading

‘Betaal’ (2020): The Most Incompetent Zombie Drama Not by AMC

Created by: Patrick Graham || Written by: Patrick Graham, Suhani Kumar Directed by: Patrick Graham, Nikhil Mahajan || Starring: Vineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jatin Goswami, Jitendra Joshi, Siddharth Menon No. of Episodes: 4 (~180 minutes total) My selective tastes in movies and especially television series have served me well on Netflix, my … Continue reading