• The Covenant

    The Covenant

    So spectacularly awful that even Tommy Wiseau could probably make a better movie about witchcraft. Everything from the acting to the writing, direction, special effects, action sequences & visuals feels like an amateur student film despite it costing millions to make. The dialogue is some of the worst I’ve heard in a movie period and most of the line deliveries from the cast are beyond laughable. I wouldn’t call this a boring experience because of how noticeably awful and poorly made…

  • Boogeyman

    Boogeyman

    It's honestly kind of impressive how they managed to screw up a premise this simple and full of potential as much as they did here. There's hardly any redeeming qualities about Boogeyman and it's probably one of the worst horror movies I've ever seen in my life. The acting, script and direction are all terrible and it's an understatement to say this isn't scary or creepy in the slightest. It feels like they didn't try at all and while there's…

  • Cold Creek Manor

    Cold Creek Manor

    ★½

    What the hell happened to Mike Figgis after Leaving Las Vegas? One of the only interesting things about Cold Creek Manor is how it managed to get such a talented cast for such a generic & lifeless film. This is one of the dullest & most boring “thrillers” I’ve seen in a while that’s utterly devoid of any sort of tension or thrills and has no business being any longer than 90 minutes let alone 2 hours. The snake scene might be…

  • Open Water

    Open Water

    ★★★

    A bit more mixed on this one than I wanted to be. I remember Open Water generating a decent amount of buzz when it first came out and to put it nicely, age hasn’t done it any favours and the first act in particular is really tough to get through. The acting is really rough and although I understood what they were going for, the way this was shot kind of took me out of it. Thankfully once the plot…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Fun fact: Back in 2018 I was waiting in line for a screening of Beautiful Boy at TIFF when Denis Villeneuve casually walked right passed me and I believe also got in line. It was around the same time that Timothée Chalamet was cast as Paul Atreides and for those of you who don't know, I consider Chalamet to be the best actor of his generation and one of my personal favorite actors working today period. Ever since then Dune

  • The Orphanage

    The Orphanage

    ★★★★

    J.A. Bayona not only does a great job at creating a deeply unsettling atmosphere and crafting effective scares but also at telling a compelling & surprisingly emotional story and exploring poignant themes. The Orphanage might not be the scariest movie out there but its full of dread and contains some sequences that chilled me to the bone. It’s rare to see a horror movie this well crafted and feature as good of performances as it does. Bayona’s best film and one hell of a debut for him.

  • Eden Lake

    Eden Lake

    ★★★★½

    Why am I just seeing this for the first time now. Eden Lake is shocking, brutal and constantly subverts your expectations at every turn making for one of the most disturbing & unsettling horror films I've seen in a while. They do a great job at getting you attached to the two leads and making you hate the villains. Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender are both great and you really want to see them make it out of this horrifying situation…

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★½

    As much as I tried and wanted to like Lamb, I just couldn't get into it at all. It has its moments and there's some interesting ideas at play but it did absolutely nothing for me which is a shame because of how much potential this premise had and how fantastic the trailers were. It moves at a punishingly slow pace, feels like an unintentional comedy at times and by the end feels like there was absolutely no point to…

  • Queen of the Damned

    Queen of the Damned

    ★½

    Everything from the heavy metal soundtrack to the gothic tone and overall aesthetic screams early 2000’s but sadly not in a good way. The title, poster and everything I’d heard about Queen of the Damned suggested that Aaliyah was the star of it but she has maybe 15 minutes of screen time if even that. She’s easily the best part about the movie and walks away with every scene but she’s hardly in it at all and unfortunately we’re stuck…

  • Species

    Species

    ★★★

    I can understand being disappointed if you go into Species expecting a straight up horror film but if you accept it for the cheesy B-movie creature feature it is then I’m sure you’ll have a lot of dumb fun with it like I did. It’s got a great cast who all know what type of movie there in with Michael Madden & Natasha Henstridge being the standouts and thankfully it never takes itself too seriously. Some of the visuals haven’t aged…

  • The Ruins

    The Ruins

    ★★★½

    This sure was one nasty, squirm inducing and gory movie but thankfully it never feels gratuitous and it's overall a lot of fun. The acting is all pretty solid and because of that you actually care about the characters. It takes a little while to get going but once it does it only gets more intense & terrifying and it clips along at a really nice pace. I'm a sucker for movies with settings like this and this gave me pretty…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★½

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

    I enjoyed Halloween Kills way more on a rewatch. I still have all the same issues with it as before but I was able to look past them more on a second viewing and I had a lot more fun with it. Although I very much still prefer the 2018 version to this, this does admittedly do some things better. The humor works way better in this one and while most of the side characters are just there to be…