As a hurricane approaches Florida, swimmer Haley drives into the storm to check on her father. Alexandre Aja’s film, produced by Sam Raimi, is arguably the best creature feature since Jaws. The pacing of Crawl is excellent. “Pacing” is a bit of a buzzword, but Crawl is one of those films that spends a perfectly … Continue reading Review | Crawl (2019) – Thank god gators aren’t real. Wait, what?
In a cozy New Mexico town, something mysterious has taken to the skies. The Vast of Night is a time capsule of intrigue. Few people would classify this film as “horror,” but it’s not too far from that realm. So here we are. The Vast of Night is set in the 50s, and tries as … Continue reading Review | The Vast of Night – It’ll make you look up
Emily and Randall take a beach vacation in what turns out to be an already occupied beach house. Like the characters, you’ll wish you’d stayed home (if we’re pretending theaters are open). To start, The Beach House should have been a short film. It has over an hour of footage that is wasted time and … Continue reading Review | The Beach House – could have been a great short
When Norval visits his estranged father for the first time in 30 years, his attempt to reconnect is met with more than conventional challenges. Come to Daddy is a fun film that runs out of steam after its “big reveal.” The biggest strength of the film is that it strikes a tone of weird curiosity. … Continue reading Review | Come to Daddy – great flick for father’s day
Another horror anthology flick with a whopping number of short films packed into one framing narrative. Horror heads will find the jokes delightful, but Scare Package has little to offer besides meta jokes that try to break the 5th wall. If you liked Shudder’s recent Creepshow series (which had a couple good episodes), Scare Package … Continue reading Review | Scare Package – delivers laughs but not much else
Vascan and Lago hunt down an A.I. in their spaceship after it’s freed by a group of women. Story aside, this episodic film (50mins) absolutely delivers on the style and visuals promised by the poster. AI is always female unless the robot serves a physical service. This article discusses why. We feminize vessels and artificial … Continue reading Review | Blood Machines – Naked A.I.
Luke releases his imaginary friend from childhood, who is helpful, but harbors ulterior motives. Daniel Isn’t Real is a stylish flick almost about mental health. [Mild spoilers] Oh my gosh another doll house. Two in a row. And its use in this film is again, unique. It’s not much of a spoiler but be warned: … Continue reading Review | Daniel Isn’t Real – Non-metaphoric metaphoric demons.
After the suicide of their mother, two children must spend a short vacation at the wintery “lodge” with their father’s fiance. The Lodge successfully challenges reality in a film that has some cleverness but isn’t all that memorable. There’s a doll house! Doll houses in horror are almost played out at this point, but each … Continue reading Review | The Lodge – A solid installment of family horror drama
A doctor moves with his family to a cute house in Maine next to a trucker route and a Wendigo’s territory/vaguely mystical “sour” land in a remake that proves, yes, sometimes dead is better. It’s hard to understand why this movie was made. It may be that the Stephen King name has not deteriorated in … Continue reading Review | Pet Semetary – Should have let this one stay buried
Comedy horror fans be sure to check out the teaser for the upcoming feature film Cannibal Comedian. Below is a link to the teaser and other pages for the film. Looks pretty neat! –> TEASER TRAILER <– IMDB page Facebook page Twitter Instagram Synopsis: A psychopathic cannibal, fed up with his lack of ambition, tries … Continue reading Indie Film Highlight | Cannibal Comedian
LA artist Dezzy struggles to finish her latest painting and resorts to drug use for inspiration. Guess what? Bad things happen! Bliss works very hard to establish a unique tone, but really it’s all dutch angles and flashing lights. Bliss has been getting a lot of praise, probably in support of indie horror, but part … Continue reading Review | Bliss – Less Bliss and more miss
This one probably flew under a lot of radars. From Gunpowder and Sky comes the tale of two lovers who run out of gas after robbing a… gas station. With nowhere else to turn they break into the only house in sight. It’s not long before they realize they broke into the wrong house. The … Continue reading Review | Villains – A simple movie about some lovable nuts
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