Review | Crawl (2019) – Thank god gators aren’t real. Wait, what?

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?

Review | Scare Package – delivers laughs but not much else

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

Review | Daniel Isn’t Real – Non-metaphoric metaphoric demons.

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.

Review | The Lodge – A solid installment of family horror drama

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

Review | Pet Semetary – Should have let this one stay buried

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

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