Steve Biodrowski


Steve Biodrowski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
2001, The Exorcist, Blade Runner, Ju-on: The Grudge, Bride of Frankenstein, I Walked with a Zombie, Re-Animator, Dawn of the Dead (1979), The Brood, The Devil's Backbone, Horror of Dracula, Masque of the Red Death, Day the Earth Stood Still, Haxen, Discrete Charm of the Bourgoisie.
Publications: ESplatter, Cinefantastique
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Hollywood

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 11% Replicas (2019) This modestly budgeted science fiction film never fully answers the questions it raises, but that almost seems to be the point. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) It's a gory zom-com - with songs. Lots of songs. More songs than zombies. Too many songs, really. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
1/5 17% Patient Zero (2018) ...has enough good moments for a short subject or a trailer, but the movie itself feels like an overlong rough cut of filmed rehearsals. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) ...not much of a prequel, but it does provide more mindless fun than expected, especially when the scares are enhanced by the new immersive ScreenX format. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 50% Down a Dark Hall (2018) Moody and creepy, this Gothic thriller is admirable in its effort to achieve subtle scares but ultimately too tame to truly thrill - though it does feature a reasonably satisfying finale. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
0/5 No Score Yet Attack of the Killer Donuts (2017) The killer donuts take second stage to the unfunny comedy routines of the human characters, which run on so long it's as if the film is daring its audience to get fed up and walk out. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
3/5 77% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) This emphatically grim art house horror film offers hypnotic visuals but lacks a clear vision of its central character. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 85% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Godzilla roars back to life in this new Toho Production, but the filmmakers' attempts to teach the old monster some new tricks only partially succeed. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet La Herencia Valdemar (2010) Viewers eager to enjoy terrors dressed in the accoutrements of Gothic horror may have a good time, though slow pacing and a misguided ending undermine the effectiveness. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet Tomie: Unlimited (2011) If you enjoy cinematic outrageousness for its own sake, you may have a good time with Tomie: Unlimited; unfortunately, the film's real strength is buried beneath the special effects. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Muoi: The Legend Of A Portrait (2007) More technically proficient than inspired, this elegantly crafted Korean horror film is a beautiful pastiche that exploits the power of familiar genre elements but does not equal the masterworks it emulates. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Borei kaibyo yashiki, (Black Cat Mansion) (2006) ...a fine example of well-executed genre material, handled with serious intent and dedicated craftsmanship. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/5 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) ...after a wobbly first act, the narrative hits its stride and runs smoothly to a successful finish, delivering delightful entertainment on the way. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009) The results should please fans eager for another helping of science-fiction body horror, but despite the addition of an American lead and English dialogue, there is little to draw in first-time viewers... - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/5 83% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2) (2014) Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead is a film that wants to make you like it, but succeeds only in making you wish you liked it more. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
0/5 17% Zombies Lake (1980) Zombie Lake holds a distinctive position in the annals of execrable movie trash ... Is this enough to transform Zombie Lake from merely bad to so-bad-it's-good? No, but it is so bad that it must be seen to be believed. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Il Trono di fuoco (The Bloody Judge) (1970) Franco's usual cinematic shortcoming are elevated to the level of garden-variety incompetence. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Circus of Fear (1966) Taken on its own terms, the film is a passable time-waster, though just barely. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
1/5 62% Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (The Devil in the House of Exorcism) (1973) This rating is for the alternate version of the film, THE HOUSE OR EXORCISM - an abomination that ruins the wonderful original by adding irrelevant exorcism scenes. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
1/5 82% Tôkyô Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police) (2008) If you are expecting an exciting, tongue-in-cheek thrill ride with gallons of ridiculous gore, you are one-fourth right. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Gothic & Lolita Psycho (Gosurori shokeinin) (2010) Blood, watery though it may be, is nonetheless much, much thicker than plot. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2015
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) I did find Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation reasonably diverting, and the ending even managed to build up a fair share of tension (though why I should have doubted that Cruise's awesomeness would prevail, I don't know). - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2015
4/5 72% Jurassic World (2015) After two miserable sequels, the world had no reason to expect anything good from another Jurassic Park movie...yet, in spite of every ill omen, Jurassic World turns out to be the most enjoyable blockbuster in recent memory. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/5 50% San Andreas (2015) Propelled by a continuing series of quakes spread out over the entire state, San Andreas is all forward momentum and non-stop action, but with enough narrative focus to avoid letting the calamity totally engulf the picture. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Looks good only in comparison to its disappinting predecessors. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 52% Dark Was The Night (2015) Yes, this is a horror movie - and a good one - but its tension does not derive primarily from the mechanics of suspense... Dark Was The Night wants to make you feel its character's pain. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
2/5 44% Life After Beth (2014) Like its titular zombie, this film makes a good first impression, but before long you can tell the neurons are not quite firing correctly. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Black Torment (1965) If you are a fan of classic British horror, and you are looking for something in the same line as Hammer Films (if not as good), then THE BLACK TORMENT is worth checking out. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/5 20% Devil Doll (1964) Although deliberately created to replicate the dummy episode from DEAD OF NIGHT, this black-and-white English production works tolerably well as a crude rip-off, thanks to a creepy dummy and creepier performance from Haliday as The Great Vorelli. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 75% H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon (1964) Despite its flaws, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON remains a charming entertainment that stirs our Sense of Wonder with its fantastic imagery... - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
4/5 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) Everything is awesome! Well, not quite everything - but more than enough to make THE LEGO MOVIE the biggest and best surprise this year. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet The Living Skeleton (1969) This early example of a Japanese kaidan (ghost story) with a contemporary setting begins strong but gradually devolves into stupidity, as the scenario figuratively rips itself to shreds with a series of increasingly ridiculous plot twists. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 40% Incubo sulla città contaminata (Nightmare City) (Invasion by the Atomic Zombies) (1980) This profound subversion of our critical and aesthetic assumptions confronts us - like a logical paradox that seems both true and false - with a film that seems both awful and entertaining. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2014
1/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Unable to settle on any one story idea in particular, writer-director Dean DeBlois throws in three or four, which intersect at odd moments, like cars at a busy intersection, refusing to give the right of way, so that no one ends up going anywhere fast. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
3 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) The financial failure of EDGE OF TOMORROW represents the greatest inverse relationship between quality and ticket sales since TWILIGHT sent breathless teen girls storming into theatres. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Samson Vs. The Vampire Women (Santo Vs. Las Mujeres Vampiro) (2002) Half masked wrestler movie, half vampire movie, this Mexican import is such a jumble of conflicting elements that the absurdity becomes quite entertaining. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
1/5 54% Maleficent (2014) The goofiest filmed version of classic literature since THE SCARLET LETTER was "freely adapted" from Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1995 - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2014
3/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) The most astoundingly okay movie so far this year - which is apparently all it takes to earn high praise these days. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2014
4/5 75% Godzilla (2014) ... invests its titular character with a Sense of Wonder that outweighs his mere bulk, lingering in the mind after that last building has toppled and the last roar has faded from the soundtrack. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2014
0/5 16% Vampire Academy (2014) Makes TWILIGHT look good - something I never thought I would say about any movie ever - now please excuse me while I go wash my mouth out with soap. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2014
2/5 42% Here Comes the Devil (2013) Fuses the grindhouse with the arthouse into an interesting but unsatisfying hybrid. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2014
1/5 14% Dracula 3D (2013) ...the film should be retitled "Dario Argento's Whatever Popped into My Head." - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2014
1/5 5% I, Frankenstein (2014) Like watching someone else play a bad videogame. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2014
3/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Thought it never truly catches fire, this two-and-a-half-hour sequel includes enough virtues to fill an entertaining ninety minutes. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2013
2/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) At least the Thor-Loki narrative thread is worth unwinding. Too bad it's twisted up with all the overblown blockbuster nonsense. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) ...almost a textbook case study in the pitfalls of remakes. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
1/5 39% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 feels like a guided tour through a haunted house you have visited once too often: the scares come too seldom, and the guide keeps boring you with background details you don't really need to know. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/5 89% The World's End (2013) Far from the crowning conclusion, the third serving of the Cornetto Trilogy melts slowly for 109 minutes, resolving into a gooey, sticky mess. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2013
1/5 14% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) To watch this film is to gain a new level of identification with HAL 9000: as MORTAL INSTRUMENTS unspools before your eyes, you can feel your mind going...going...gone - until you find yourself humming a verse of "Daisy Bell." - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 79% Monsters University (2013) It's a great message for children and a poignant reminder for adults: everyone has something to offer; the "cool" kids aren't always cool; and sometimes the underdog has his day. - Cinefantastique EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2013