The Exorcist: Believer (2023)

It’s been pretty much the consensus that “The Exorcist” is one of those rare lightning in the bottle cinematic achievements that has yet to find a contemporary in its massive sub-genre. Over the years, studios have fought to build a classic in the same vein, and now Blumhouse has tried their hand at continuing the cinematic adaptation of “The Exorcist.” While its arrival has pretty much squashed any and all attempts at forward momentum that the “Halloween” movies had, “Believer” actually ends up as a pretty okay reboot. It’s by no means as terrible as “The Heretic” but David Gordon Green has a lot to do if he hopes to achieve any kind of success with the next two films in his series.

At this point whether or not there will be a follow up remains to be seen.

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“Tiny Toons Looniversity” is an Entertaining Reboot of a 90’s Classic

“Tiny Toons Adventures” is one of the weirdest anomalies of the 1990’s. Once upon a time in 1990, it was introduced to a young audience and boomed in popularity. It took the old Looney Tunes and handed the torch over to younger, newer characters that were practicing to be the new Looney Tunes legends. For four or five years the Tiny Toons were everywhere. Then the show ended. And they disappeared languishing in obscurity for over twenty years. And the Looney Tunes just chugged along, never acknowledging the series at all. So imagine the surprise when Warner decided to reboot the series for a new generation.

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Ranking the Classic Movie Monster Reboots from Best to Worst

DRACULA WEEK

 With “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” coming to theaters on Friday, we’re going to see a pretty interesting interpretation of Dracula. I am quite excited to see what it has to offer horror fans and have re-visited a lot of the classic movie monsters and the studios’ efforts to reboot and re-imagine a lot of their classic IP’s. While I’m hoping “The Last Voyage of Demeter” makes Dracula horrifying again, I ranked all of the attempts at Rebooting Classic Movie Monsters from Best to Worst.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

We are in desperate need of a fantasy movie renaissance, and I truly hope “Honor Among Thieves” is the one to lead the charge. It takes a true D&D fan to really know how to bring this universe to life and director John Francis Daly rises to the challenge brilliantly. “Honor Among Thieves” is one of the more refreshing genre pictures of 2023; it’s a movie that is filled with so much appeal for any audience. I dare say that it might even open the door to a new generation of players.

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Malum (2023)

I have to admit that I never did catch Anthony DiBlasi’s original 2014 film “Last Shift.” Despite its acclaim and reputation in the horror world, it never quite caught my attention. Anthony DiBlasi does what many indie filmmakers do, and uses this opportunity to not only remake “Last Shift,” but expand upon it with bigger scares, more gore, and a greater emphasis in to the mystery of John Malum. The results are ultimately a mixed bag of horror highs and lows. I tend to appreciate with director Anthony DiBlasi and writer Scott Poiley do here, taking “Last Shift” and giving it a polish that allows their universe to breathe better.

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The Batman (2022)

“The Batman” is a sure bet for Warner Bros. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good movie, but with their development department scrambling on one single vision for their DCEU, rebooting Batman yet again, just makes sense. It rebuilds confidence (borrowed time) in their brand, and it guarantees moolah in the box office. It’s cynical but now we have three cinematic jokers, two live action Batmans, and a new movie fans are going to spend the next year wondering where it fits in to the timeline.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

This is the follow up to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Not Part 2. Or “The Next Generation.” Or “Texas Chainsaw 3D.” No this is the official, official (seriously this time…?) follow up to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Really it’s a legacy sequel that pretty much takes from David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” movies and depicts Old Man Leatherface who is no longer an agent of chaos, but a cleverer, slicker, scarier slasher.

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Scream (2022)

After Wes Craven’s unfortunate passing, the “Scream” franchise went in to a limbo where its fate seemed uncertain. It was still a hot property with a lot of ideas to bring forth but without the engineer Craven behind it, there didn’t seem much point. And with the MTV series and horrendous follow up mini-series, it definitely felt like there wasn’t a point in continuing the movie series. Thankfully, “Scream” (or “Scream 5”) doesn’t just do a bang up job of carrying on the legacy of meta-humor, movie commentary, and subverting movie tropes, but it brings a powerful statement about legacy.

The legacies we build, and the legacies we leave behind.

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