Horror movies have never been my forte, but as with any dying genre, it’s only natural for filmmakers to innovate and try new techniques. I’d like to think Hollywood has made this shift just for me; Average Joe Shmoe Movie Watcher. Because it wasn’t until the last year or two that I finally started to see horror movies I LOVE. Movies like: Get Out, A Quiet Place, Annihilation. All heavy hitters. Bird Box loses originality points for me (although it was a book first), but at least I could SEE what they were going for (note the pun). In other words, I don’t like the standard cut/copy horror movies you have to watch through the cracks in your fingers. I like the ones that can keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and thrills. And I don’t think I’m alone on this island.
Escape Room is a horror movie that can easily be added to the second category I mentioned. Six strangers, all sole survivors from past accidents and tragedies, somehow find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive. I say “somehow” as if they’re magically teleported into the escape room. The movie opens with each person receiving a puzzle box with the escape room location inside, but as for who sends them these mysterious boxes, well, that’s still a mystery. The movie does a great job at expediting this intro and getting all the players to where they need to be. One of whom, is an escape room aficionado that gives everyone (including the audience) a crash course on escape rooms and how they work. It’s not long after this explanation that they find themselves trapped in a room sized oven!
Honestly, the brilliance of this movie is how intricate each escape room is. For every clue they solve, another obstacle presents itself. And there’s no time for the characters (or audience) to catch their breath, because these rooms are literally designed to be deadly. Any hesitation or false move on their part could be their last. These are the kind of non-stop thrills that separate Escape Room from your average horror movie. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something edgy and outside the box. “Thank you for your service”. Happy Watching!
After cringing my way through this film, I can assuredly tell you this is not the movie you’re looking for. Whether it be for horror or suspense, Tusk has both of those elements, but the content is so disturbing that finishing the movie feels like a chore more than a relief.
I am an emerging Kevin Smith fan. I enjoy his writing and his characters, but regrettably have only seen a small portion of his work. I know he wrote and directed Tusk, so I wanted to give it a shot. Compelling dialogue and interesting characters aside, this movie turns dark fast and it doesn’t wait for you to catch up. I believe Kevin Smith made the freaky nightmarish movie he wanted, but after one viewing, I don’t think I’ll ever want to return to it. You’ve been warned…
tl;dr it’s like The Human Centipede, but with walruses.
Most of my reviews so far have been from movies I’ve seen several times. If not several times, I’ve at least been able to enjoy them from the comfort of my own living room. For new releases, I find that it’s helpful to come home from the theater and either talk about the film at length or write a short phrase or synopsis to better remember it. I’m glad, however, that I did not do that with this movie. I watched “mother!” several days ago, and if I wrote a review that same night, it would be completely different than the one I’m about to write now. See, my first reaction to this movie was that I hated it. Not “didn’t like it that much” or “wasn’t for me”, but I seriously did not enjoy it at all. Halfway through the movie I was ready to walk out, that’s how unbelievably stressful this movie was. Not only stressful, but confusing too. This movie has no plot, and Javier Bardem’s character is catalyzing everything, but his motivations are unclear/nonexistent. Since then, I’ve learned that this movie is a metaphor for the book of Genesis in the Bible. I honestly love this concept, but I wish the movie itself made this a bit clearer. There are subtle hints (very subtle), but the few lines of dialogue are too broad to draw any sort of conclusion. Jennifer Lawrence plays mother nature, so spoiler alert, it doesn’t turn out well for her. Understanding what the film is based on makes me like it more, but I think a film should stand on it’s own, without requiring internet research.
After taking a step back and a deep breath, it’s hard to deny the talent behind the camera. Darren Aronofsky does a brilliant job showing us every little detail about the house, the only setting in the entire movie. And although I was very stressed toward the end, the effects and the scenes were visually stunning. I still can’t point to any one scene and say “That was good, I liked that.” Which is kind of an issue for me, but maybe that says less about the movie, and more about the Bible. Either way, good or bad, I cannot stop thinking about this movie. I don’t think any review can prepare you for the madness, but this movie is worth watching for the after discussion alone. Happy Watching!
IT was a truly terrifying remake… Good terrifying. With horror movies generally lacking substance these days, Andy Muschietti delivers a powerful film with a lot (A LOT) to chew on. I’m usually not keen on child actors, but all of the children in this movie are directed so perfectly, by the end of the movie, I felt like I knew all 6! It’s difficult for most horror movies to develop more than 2 or 3 characters, but I think, in time, we’re going to look back on this movie as a road map to the future of scary movies. I hope so anyways, because although I was frightened several times throughout the film, I genuinely enjoyed the ride. On the edge of my seat, even. Bill Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise is the only reason you need to watch this, but you’ll be glad you did. Happy Watching.
“You’ll float, too!”
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.