The Way of the Gun

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and some sexuality
Running Time: 118 minutes
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Release date: 9/8/2000
Aqaba Productions / Artisan Entertainment
I took a glance at the so-called talent headlining The Way of the Gun – Ryan Phillippe, wearing a ratty, pitiful excuse for a beard, mush-mouthed Benicio Del Toro, and the always-offensive Juliette Lewis – and my first instinct was to write it off immediately as a dreadful stinker.


Then I took a closer look – with Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning scribe of the brilliant The Usual Suspects, at the helm, and some talented secondary players (James Caan, Nicky Katt, Taye Diggs, Dylan Kussman) – and I thought that maybe this has some potential after all.

Though I was tempted to go in expecting great things, I dialed it back a few notches after remembering I’m going to have to stare at the unlikable mugs of Phillippe and Del Toro for two hours.


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Urban Legends: Final Cut

Rated R for violence/gore, language, and some sexuality
Running Time: 100 minutes
Directed by John Ottman
Release date: 9/22/2000
Phoenix Films / Sony Pictures Entertainment / Columbia Pictures
Urban Legend came out while the teen horror genre was still enjoying a resurgence thanks to the first two Scream installments and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Though there have been some mildly entertaining ancillary entries into the field since, like The Faculty and Final Destination, the sequel to IKWYDLS was just plain bad, and the final chapter in the Scream trilogy was fairly perfunctory and should have marked the end of the revival.

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This invariably begs the question, do we really need a sequel to Urban Legend?

The original had a great story idea and is fun to watch in a guilty-pleasure-indulgence kind of way, but the concept-to-script translation could have been better, and the film as a whole would


Sam Raimi drags us to horror Heaven by way of Hell!

Raimi may be better known now for his exploits in the Marvel world of Spiderman, but Drag me to Hell sees him return to his horror roots to show the new generation just how it’s done.


Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is a pleasant but meek loan officer who in trying to show her boss some cut-throat assertiveness, inadvertently shames an old gypsy woman, who curses her in return. With her soul now destined to be dragged to Hell (as the title suggests), Christine must find a way to appease the demon and save her soul.

The plot is reminiscent to the Stephen King adaptation, Thinner (1996), and may be straightforward, but it is always in motion. And really, do you need much more explanation than – the protagonist needs to stop herself from being dragged to hell?

If the last few years have shown anything, it is that modern horror has forgotten that what is truly terrifying on screen