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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★½

    Holy hell, that was a chore to sit through.

  • V/H/S/2

    V/H/S/2

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This horror anthology is mostly average, but holy hell, the “Safe Haven” segment was deeply unsettling (and helped this film’s star rating that I’m giving it). That was easily the best one of them all, with the second place going to the last one (the alien invasion), though the blinking lights and fast camera work became headache-inducing after a while.

    Also, the very end where his partner/girlfriend walks around the room in some possessed state was another highlight of this sequel, as I found it rather unnerving, including the moments where we see the kid with no jaw and half his face gone.

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    Holy crap.

    HEREDITARY takes the horror of trauma and unrelenting grief and scares the shit out of you with it. It comes face-to-face with the human experience and reminds you how terrifying and crippling it truly is.

    But...

    It does so through the narrative of possession and ritual sacrifice. And the ending will leave you viscerally upset and numb. Some of the most terrifying last 20 minutes of a film I’ve seen in quite some time. Spectacular use of silence,…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film is slow, intimate, and powerful. Dialogue is sparce, mostly picking up in the second half of the film, but this scarcity of words further adds to the emotional punch this movie gives. It does not pretend to be happy. In fact, as you might expect a movie to be on time, grief, and loss, it is depressing. 

    Unlike THE BABADOOK, who ended its meditation on grief and loss with a glimmer of hope, seemingly leaving us with the…