Two writers stuck in a cabin without power. What better way to pass the time than tell each other scary stories? Scare Me is a fun ride that can’t quite get over the fact that no one wants to watch people tell scary stories; we want to watch scary stories. Most of the film feels … Continue reading Review | Scare Me — white male fragility, boo!
In McG’s sequel to The Babysitter (2017), Cole (Judah Lewis) tries to cope with the traumatic events from the last installment, which becomes really really hard when his demons literally come back to haunt him. To just come out and say it: this is a very bad movie, but it’s pretty funny and good to … Continue reading Review | The Babysitter: Killer Queen — the true Faustian bargain is giving this movie your time
Malik can’t shake the feeling that there’s something fishy about the neighbors after moving to the suburbs with his husband and daughter. Spiral‘s a little lumpy around the edges, but what it has to say is worthwhile. The go-to comparison for Spiral has overwhelmingly been Get Out (2017) “but gay,” which feels dismissive. Spiral stands … Continue reading Review | Spiral – unfriendly neighborhood cultists
Lucy takes a visit to meet her boyfriend’s parents, all the while thinking of ending things. Right? It’s a fever dream that’s a little frustrating, but ultimately very moving. For a while, I’m Thinking of Ending Things just feels like the most self-indulgent, morose, trip to nowhere. Nuanced performances and nice compositions help string things … Continue reading Review | I’m Thinking of Ending Things — in a word: disorienting
A comic book writer unable to conclude his series begins having brushes with a killer who seems to be straight from his comic, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. It’s refreshing to see this kind of “meta” horror film; Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence explores a concept of horror instead of endlessly referencing … Continue reading Review | Random Acts of Violence – All f***ing sugar all the time
When a group of friends meet up on Zoom for a seance, things go exactly as you’d expect. The new format brings strengths to horror even if the premise doesn’t go further than a digitized Ouija board. The Zoom format puts a lot of weight on the actors. They all play their parts casually, in … Continue reading Review | Host — A Ouija board, but it’s a Zoom call
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.
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