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I love an indie with heart, and this one has a charismatic lead and an interesting central premise. But then it veers into some unnecessary and mundane Beetlejuice territory. It's low budget and that might scare some folks off, and more of love story than a spooky haunted house movie. It barely clocks in as a feature at 74 minutes, and think it would have worked better as a short film.
You Won't Be Alone is a lyrical, beautiful tone poem that meanders without any traditional narrative or dialogue. It's decidedly pretentious, and "horror" only by happenstance of thematic elements, but nothing remotely frightening or suspenseful ensues. Instead, it's an allegorical coming of age trudging through the mysteries of age, gender, identity and life in 19th century Macedonia. While Noomi Rapace is the headliner listed, she is only briefly involved. Ultimately, this is a showcase for an ensemble of young talent,…
I love a good morality tale and this one has a solid concept, but plays it much too sly in trying to emulate that A24 vibe. If you are going to go THERE, show us because movies are a visual medium. If you tell us not to go through that door, there has to be something nightmarish on the other side, not just a room painted black. With the Blumhouse banner, this probably doesn't qualify as an indie (regardless of…
When updating old Stephen King, you must make the story relevant for modern audiences (or make a period piece). Firestarter fails across the board from a clunky, bland screenplay that ups the bleakness, to seriously pointless elements (computerized eye lenses?) and mean-spirited cat death. Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong don't feel particularly convincing here and don't have the emotional impact they should. The Shop is the “big bad” and they were in this for 3 minutes and taken out anti-climatically, mostly off screen. Nothing makes sense here. An extremely disappointing follow up from director Keith Thomas who directed the incredibly effective The Vigil in 2019.