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Face-Off: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes vs. The Stuff

It's the week of Thanksgiving in the United States, the time when we get together and chow down until our clothes tighten and our stomachs threaten to burst. As we're surrounded by all the savory foods and desserts, we don't usually have much more on our minds than how delicious that stuff is going to be as we gobble it down. We don't stop to think how dangerous food could be if it decided to...
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11.23.2016
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Face-Off: They Live vs. Society

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the presidential election was recently held in the United States. It was a long, tumultuous, exhausting build up to election day, and many couldn't wait for it all to be over with. A week later, we are still within that tumultuous time, so this seems like the appropriate week to take a look at John Carpenter's 1988 film THEY LIVE and Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY...
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11.16.2016
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Face-Off: RoboCop vs. Starship Troopers

Last week we heard that screenwriters have been hired to pen a remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1997 film STARSHIP TROOPERS , and when that news is combined with the fact that a new Verhoeven film, the rape revenge thriller ELLE, is coming out this Friday, this seemed like the perfect week to have a STARSHIP TROOPERS Face-Off. But what movie to pair it with? How about Verhoeven's 1987 film ROBOCOP...
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11.09.2016
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Face-Off: Blade vs. Hellboy

With this weekend's release of DOCTOR STRANGE, which comes from SINISTER / DELIVER US FROM EVIL director Scott Derrickson, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be dipping a toe into genre waters, and in the build-up to this event I wanted to have a Face-Off between two other genre-edged superhero movies. The two that stood out as the best contenders were Stephen Norrington's 1998 Marvel...
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11.02.2016
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Face-Off: Halloween 4 vs. Halloween H20

I wanted to do something related to the HALLOWEEN franchise for this week's Face-Off, for obvious reasons - the best holiday of the year is fast approaching! There have been several HALLOWEEN movie Face-Offs in the past, but one that hasn't been done yet is a battle between the two separate paths Michael Myers took after HALLOWEEN II (and after sitting out HALLOWEEN III). HALLOWEEN 4 begins a...
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10.26.2016
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Face-Off: Witchboard vs. Night of the Demons

I feel that one of my favorite genre filmmakers doesn't get enough appreciation, despite the fact that he was at the helm of two classic films - his 1986 feature debut WITCHBOARD and his 1988 sophomore effort NIGHT OF THE DEMONS . That filmmaker is Kevin Tenney, and with OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, the prequel to 2014's OUIJA, coming out this weekend, I felt it was time to take a look back at the...
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10.19.2016
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Face-Off: Silver Bullet vs. Ginger Snaps

We're getting deep into the month of October, the time when even people who don't obsess over the horror genre all year round still find it within their hearts to pay tribute to our beloved ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. Monsters like the werewolf, a creature that has had a tougher time getting into good movies than some of its peers, but which still has some bona fide classics to its credit. A...
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10.12.2016
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Face-Off: The Running Man vs. 31

Rob Zombie's latest film 31 is like a "greatest hits" package, remixing elements from his previous directorial efforts and bringing them back to the screen in a movie with the most simplistic story possible. A story that is quite familiar. The "humans hunting humans" plot is something that has been done time and time again over the years, author Richard Connell did his version of it (The Most...
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10.05.2016
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Face-Off: Sleepy Hollow vs. From Hell

With Tim Burton's MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN set to come out this weekend, the idea was to have something Burton-related in this week's Face-Off, which led to his 1999 film SLEEPY HOLLOW . A twist on Washington Irving's classic tale, this movie re-imagined schoolmaster Ichabod Crane as a detective played by Johnny Depp. Tracking a killer in the past obviously appealed to Depp,...
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09.28.2016
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Face-Off: Ravenous vs. Bone Tomahawk

I've always loved the idea of movies mixing the horror and Western genres together. Unfortunately, it's not something that happens all that often (and when it does happen, the results aren't always of the highest quality), but the thought of stories about monsters and maniacal murderers being set in the Old West is fascinating to me. This weekend's release of the Western remake THE MAGNIFICENT...
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09.21.2016
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Face-Off: The Witches of Eastwick vs. The Craft

This weekend, Adam Wingard will be ushering the Blair Witch back to the big screen after a sixteen year absence in a film that our own JimmyO says is "a truly terrifying cinematic experience". In anticipation of BLAIR WITCH, this week's theme is witches, but rather than venture into the Black Hills Forest for this Face-Off I decided to take a look at some witches who are more relatable than the...
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09.14.2016
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Face-Off: Species vs. Splice

To put it mildly, Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller MORGAN didn't exactly set the box office on fire over the holiday weekend, despite some unconventional viral marketing tactics . Where the story of a human hybrid experiment gone wrong did succeed, however, is in inspiring this Face-Off between films with similar set-ups, Roger Donaldson's 1995 film SPECIES and Vincenzo Natali's SPLICE from...
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09.07.2016
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