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I'm a 36-year-old film critic who specializes in Horror and Cult Cinema as well as Asian films. I spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture quiz show, Beat the Geeks. I'm also a weekly guest on the Big O & Dukes Show (106.7 WJFK FM in the Washington DC area) where I break down each week's new releases. Aside from all … more

reviewed Them (ILS). July 21, 2009
Them (ILS)
Running a scant 77 minutes, Them (or Ils in its native French) is a shining example of horror cinema done right. It’s a taut and suspenseful stalker film that takes about fifteen minutes setting …
reviewed Strangers (movie). July 20, 2009
A friend of mine was talking to me about Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers the other day. He’s a horror fan—but he’s not an information dump of useless genre knowledge quite like …
reviewed Martyrs. May 13, 2009
I was pretty nervous before sitting down to view Martyrs—but not for the reasons you might expect. Sure, I'd heard about how intense and soul-crushing the film was and how people felt that you could admire …
reviewed Late Bloomer. March 02, 2009
Leave it to the Japanese to make a film like Late Bloomer—a deeply disturbing glimpse into the abyss that makes us examine our preconceptions about the handicapped and humanity while goading us into sympathizing …
reviewed Alien Raiders. March 01, 2009
Alien Raiders
There's a part of me that wants to start off this review of Alien Raiders with a rant, but I'm going to fight the urge. The rant in question is one you've heard from me time and time again, and it's not …
reviewed Friday The 13th (2009 movie). February 16, 2009
Friday the 13th [Theatrical Release] 2009
It's pretty well known that I'm anti-remake, particularly when it comes to horror films. I'm not so much opposed to the idea of revisiting horror's most iconic characters—it's more a case of being disappointed …
reviewed Tokyo Gore Police. February 09, 2009
Tokyo Gore Police
It's only the beginning of 2009, but I've already found the first contender for my "Best Horror Film of 2009" list—the insanely over-the-top, delightfully splattery Tokyo Gore Police. If this is a sign …
reviewed His Name Was Jason. February 09, 2009
His Name Was Jason
It seems almost unfathomable that Friday the 13th is nearly 30 years old, but the numbers don't lie. What started back in 1980 as just another low budget horror flick has grown into one of the genre's …
reviewed Tropic Thunder. September 16, 2008
Tropic Thunder
While Ben Stiller's latest comedy film, Tropic Thunder isn't a perfect film it is one of the better comedies to come along this summer (although, when your competition is comprised of films like The Love …
reviewed The Dark Knight. September 12, 2008
Finally, after what seems like an eternity of buzz, waiting, hype, and tragedy, what could easily be the biggest movie of 2008 is upon us: Christopher Nolan's second installment in his re-imagining of …
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January 08, 2010
Hi Mike, it's been a long time since we've seen you on Lunch and I'd like to update you on some of the new features Lunch offers now!  We've added Micro Reviews which are 100 characters or less and something called lists.  For a more extensive look at what's been going on, take a look at our press page!  2010 will be a new and exciting year for Lunch and we hope to share that with you!   
May 12, 2009
Wow! A pic with Dario! Now that's freakin' awesome dude! I just recently watched his last opus Mother Of Tears. Good film though I'm still impartial to Suspiria or Tenebrae.
February 15, 2009
Hi, Mike, I'm eagerly awaiting your "Friday the 13th" review....man, I've never read so many contrsting reviews in my life for one flick!
February 13, 2009
Thanks for the link Rache--I'm finishing my own review as we speak. Hoping to have it up tonight or tomorrow depending on how the proofreading/copyediting goes.
February 10, 2009
Hello, Mike. I didn't realize you're a pro movie critic until I visited your profile! No wonder your reviews are ssooo good. awesome take on the "Dark Knight" and "Tokyo Gore Police" among others... wow! talk to you later.
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