I got slightly more gore than I had predicted with this sci-fi horror flick, but it was hard to stop watching! I wasn’t sure what to expect and the writers/directors kept me guessing throughout. Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski are both credited for writing and directing this film and they both have an extensive background in filmography. Most recently, they worked on Suicide Squad in the Art and Makeup Department, respectively. Unlike Suicide Squad, I can actually find something good to say about this movie. Although the gore was a bit over the top, the monsters in this movie were truly terrifying. And they don’t shy away from showing you every gross imperfection. It’s plain to see how each of the director’s backgrounds contributed toward this horror movie. Definitely not for the faint of heart! Happy Watching.
“Statistically you’re more likely to die in a hospital than anywhere else.”
This dark comedy is just what the doctor ordered! At this point, I’ll give any Netflix original I try and Little Evil doesn’t disappoint. It has it’s lulls, but it makes up for it with well timed jokes or scares. Adam Scott is always a pleasure to watch and I think that’s partly due to his characters being super relatable and engaging. He’s easy to root for and, in this movie, he needs all the help he can get. it’s your typical step-father film, but the twist is that his step-son may or may not be the anti-Christ. And the hilarity ensues from there.
Opening line: “I.. Want.. A divorce!”
I guess I’ve been on some kind of horror kick recently. It’s ironic too, because horror movies generally tend to have the most flaws compared to any other genre, in my opinion. However, horror movies are a good way to get your heart racing and usually offer a welcome change of pace after watching the endless stream of comedies and dramas. Regardless of all that, you may want to stay away from this movie. Sitting at 5.3 out of 10 stars on IMDb, this movie is grossly overrated. Now, that doesn’t mean that the acting was bad, quite the opposite in fact. Sarah Wayne Callies could go toe to toe with any other actress in a horror movie and come out on top, but in the end, not even acceptable acting could distract from this movie’s ridiculous premise. This is where most horror movies are lacking, but what really got under my skin was the title “The Other Side of the Door”. Now, I think that’s a title worthy of a horror movie, but what does that make you think of? I like going into movies sometimes knowing as little as possible about what I’m about to watch and when I saw “The Other Side of the Door”, I thought monsters, I thought the Boogie Man or something like that. The movie delivers something else and it just falls flat for me. If you want to know what is on The Other Side of the Door, you can read the movie’s summary. It’s not trying to hide it, which is also disappointing because that could have added another horror element. It has a few moments, but mainly relies on jump scares. Anyways, I’ve already spent too much time on this movie! If you liked it better than I did, let me know why in the comments!
The whole movie summed up by one quote: “Did you think that you could bring back somebody from the world of the dead and they would be the same? Did you think there would be no consequences?”
I can’t imagine a bigger consequence than having to sit through that again! Happy Watching.
This roller coaster of a movie is quick out of the gate and does not slow down! At first, that’s not exactly in the film’s favor, but if you can forgive how easily the main character finds the “Death Note”, you’re in for a wild ride! The notebook is connected to a death god, and kills whoever’s name is written inside. It’s a solid concept and it’s actually an adaptation from Japanese comics (manga). I never read the comics, but the movie is very engaging. My biggest issue is that once the main character figures out the powers of this “Death Note” book, he immediately tells his high school crush. Like seriously, the guy has known this girl for maybe a week or two and he goes and tells her about the crazy phenomenon that is the “Death Note”. That’s my main issue, but of course he only tells her so she can betray him later. That wasn’t much of a surprise, but the rest of the movie was very thrilling!
Lakeith Stanfield is someone to watch out for in the coming years. He is a regular on Donald Glover’s show Atlanta and he’s stared in a handful of movies already. His acting is superb and he’s one of the highlights in this dark movie.
The Devil’s Candy was my most recent Netflix recommendation and it was definitely an interesting movie to sit through. There are a couple things that specifically stood out to me while watching this move. For instance, Pruitt Taylor Vince’s character (Ray) is very “one note” in this role, but he plays it simply brilliant. His mannerisms give him the facade of being a harmless person, but when we see his true colors, the result is horrifying. Made only more horrifying by the victims, who are all young girls. The Devil’s Candy is apparently young girls, or am I taking the title too literally? Either way, there are definitely satanic forces at work in this film, and they’re all connected by a house. A haunted house, if you will.
The second thing that stood out to me is the “protagonist” or lack there of in this movie. We have a family of three that moves into the haunted house, but we don’t know much about them besides the dad is a painter. I think he’s supposed to be the protagonist, but the movie doesn’t give me many reasons to root for him. He starts painting demons and fire, like the day after they move into the house! He also can’t seem to pick up his daughter from school on time, and there’s plenty of foreshadowing going on to remind us of that. The only reason that I can see to root for this guy is because I want him to save his daughter, but even then, I don’t have much faith in him. I found myself rooting more for the daughter once I realized how unfortunately incompetent her dad was.
Spoiler: There is a scene in this movie that I remember quite vividly. After one failed attempt, Ray captures Zooey (the daughter) and has her duct taped in a motel bathroom. At this point in the movie, we already know her fate because we’ve seen Ray do this with another victim. She wakes up to Ray above her and she begins to panic. Ray goes into the other room to change into his killing outfit and you can see Zooey’s panic evolve from hysteria to under control as she works to free herself. It’s a very intense scene and it feels like it takes an eternity for her to barely manage to wriggle her arms free and then her legs. The entire time Zooey is in the bathroom attempting to escape, we see Ray creeping closer and closer to the bathroom. I think the director succeeded very much in that scene if he was trying to terrify me.
Recap: I wouldn’t watch this with your children, but if you’re in the mood for a frightening film, you may enjoy this one!