First episode impressions: ‘Swamp Thing’ (TV review)

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owadays, lots of things are remade that elicit groans from fans, but “Swamp Thing” is a property that was ripe for a remake – which DC Universe delivered in a 10-episode series in 2019. For those of us too cheap to subscribe to the streamer, it’s now airing Tuesdays on The CW as pandemic-era filler. The two “Swamp Thing” movies of the 1980s would make all lists of Worst Superhero Movies except that they’re relatively old and obscure. Simply by having modern production values and not being embarrassing, TV’s “Swamp Thing” could improve on that cinematic dreck.

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Frightening Friday: ‘The Nun’ (2018) and ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ (2019) give added weight – maybe too much – to the ‘Conjuring’ Universe (Movie reviews)

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he “Conjuring” Universe is now seven films strong – with an eighth (“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”) on the way in September. The two main “Conjuring” entries and the “Annabelle” trilogy comprise five of the films. That leaves the two oddballs, which I’ll review here: “The Nun” (2018) and “The Curse of La Llorona” (2019).

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‘Conjuring’ spinoff ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ brings back the Warrens (briefly), but not the scares (Movie review)

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he “Conjuring” series is unusual among horror franchises in that its core stories come from true events – in this case from the lives of paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson). Adding outside intrigue is the fact that many people doubt the validity of the supernatural, on which the Warrens made their living. “Annabelle Comes Home” (2019), now on HBO, acknowledges this issue, as the Warrens are the subject of a “Heroes or Hoax?” newspaper report in the wake of the events of “The Conjuring” (2013).

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‘It’ taps into ’80s nostalgia, but is short on scares (Movie review)

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he 2017 “It” remake – now available from Redbox — is the most Stephen Kingy Stephen King adaptation to hit the screen in a long time, as the interactions between the heroic nerds and villainous bullies are palpable, and a lot of the action with titular clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) and other monsters feels like King’s words brought to life with modern special effects – something not possible in the 1990 TV miniseries.

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ tells the origin story of that creepy-as-hell doll (Movie review)

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or about $370, you can get an Annabelle doll from Mezco Toys, and unlike most movie memorabilia, this piece won’t just sit around and collect dust. If it’s anything like the real deal, it’ll move around your house, offering daily surprises and laughs.

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