I have an irrational fear of haunted houses, so this film was probably a more tense experience for me than it will be for most.
John Wick: Chapter 4 2023
John Wick: Chapter 4 was all about Donnie Yen for me. Sure, we get good performances from Scott Adkins, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgard, etc. etc. etc. But Donnie Yen gives his best performance in recent memory. The film knows how to use him, and Yen crafts a more compelling character than any of the others in the film.
The first action sequence feels a little clumsy at times, and then it finds its stride. It's solid entertainment, overall.
Scream VI 2023
For good or for bad, Scream VI delivers everything I have come to expect from the franchise. I would have liked to have seen some more risks taken, but the Argento inspiration (not the cringy references...though maybe they were intentionally cringy?...), the throwbacks to Scream 2 (though some were a bit too overt), and the incredibly solid lead character make this one very watchable. Plus, Radio Silence just makes solid movies.
The Seventh Day 2021
If you had told me that there was a movie that takes the concept of Training Day, but instead of cops it's with exorcists, I would have been immediately sold. And if you had told me that Guy Pearce was in it? I would definitely have been sold. That is essentially what The Seventh Day is, and yet, it fails to create any excitement. That is such a shame, because the concept is fantastic.
Halloween Ends 2022
I'm most likely going to be in the minority on this (possibly the EXTREME minority), but I thought Halloween Ends was better than the 2018 Halloween. And a lot better than Halloween Kills. What I love about this film is it does go beyond the original Halloween and any of the sequels/remakes, and digs deeper into the horror canon. We get pieces of Halloween (obviously), Christine, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, and a few others thrown in…