| Aug 30, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Last week's “The Apparition” contained an alarming lack of skill. So “The Awakening” represents a certain corrective because it disturbs for reasons other than nearly everyone involved in the horror movie not...
| Aug 30, 2012
Photographed in a particularly brooding corner of Scotland, set in a boarding school for the exceptionally pale and haunted, "The Awakening" got a "whatever" reception in its British release. Certainly you can poke a hundred holes in it: The explanation...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 3:30 PM
Two of the most popular family Halloween attractions in Central Indiana are kicking off this weekend!
The Annual Boo at the Zoo begins Friday and runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the month.
The event features...
| Feb 2, 2012
Lean and scary, "The Innkeepers" was shot in 17 days in a quaint Connecticut hotel called the Yankee Pedlar, where writer-director Ti West stayed while making his previous movie, "The House of the Devil."
West works quickly and cheaply, and his latest,...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"War's lingering phantoms haunt every society."
As two hellish, costly and needless wars struggle toward collapse, this is the time -- now, right this minute, before the next false alarm goes off -- for us to look honestly at the cost and quality of...
| Jan 11, 2013
* (out of four)
Imagine if the “Paranormal Activity” films still featured loud noises and mysteriously falling pots and pans—only this time, they also included Marlon Wayans being raped by a ghost. Wouldn’t that be hilarious?
| Jan 17, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
First Jennifer Lawrence had “House at the End of the Street.” Now her fellow best actress Oscar nominee, Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), has her own PG-13-rated horror nonsense with “Mama,”...
| Jan 7, 2013
Within the first three minutes of our conversation, Marlon Wayans mocks my shoes, imagines an ethnically diverse array of naked women surrounding him, describes the peaceful way to strangle a cow and his plan to delay sitting on the toilet in order to...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 4:35 PM
It'll soon be the season for haunted happenings, so when better to check out this list of “America's Top 10 Haunted Cities,” as compiled by Rent.com. There's a Florida entry, with St. Augustine coming in at No. 6 — between San Antonio...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 4:34 PM
With its history ghosts andÂ pirate lore,Â Amelia Island is a good spot to go and celebrate the Halloween spirit. This year, several of the islandâsÂ hotels, inns and resorts have scared upÂ special events and vacation packages to ma...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 4:34 PM
In Friday's Calendar section I highlight many of the spooky theatrical offerings coming to Orlando's stages. Here's my story on “The Turn of the Screw”: Thereâs something inherently theatrical about ghost stories. The flickering campfire...