"Camp Pleasant Lake is in the tradition of cheap-o, sleaze-o midnight flicks that get by on their juicy death scenes, but even those underwhelm. Frankly, everything underwhelms. Characters are cardboard cutouts, there are no surprises, and Walton shows zero control over an obvious whodunit that’s as bland as cafeteria food starving sleepaway campers wouldn’t even tolerate."
"With Alex Garland’s Civil War on the horizon, Bo Mirhosseni’s History of Evil plays like a spooky-flavored appetizer.
Mirhosseni sets his neo-fascist dystopia years ahead in 2045 (rather optimistic), reducing the United States to authoritarian rule where neckbeard militias carry out state-sanctioned orders. The Iranian American filmmaker glibly imagines a nation led by fear in the name of protecting “culture,” blended with mediocre haunted house signatures. History of Evil feels sickeningly prescient in 2024’s revving election hellscape, yet underwhelming as…
"Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator prequel Prey succeeds by daring to embrace what prior sequels did not: Simplicity.
The basics of Predator cinema boil down to skull trophies and rival combat, but most of all, the thrill of an uninterrupted hunt. With brutal ease, writer Patrick Aison translates Predator codes to hunter-gatherer dichotomies in Native American cultures.
There’s nothing scarier than the laws of natural hierarchies on display in their most elemental forms, and that’s what Prey recognizes with menacing regard. There’s…
Slotherhouse is what so many noticeably forced B-movies and wannabe cult classics aspire to be. Equal parts sorority comedy and wildlife slasher, Goodhue amplifies party horror vibes finely tuned toward weekend watches with your trashy-movie-club friends. Kill sequences beg for a smidge more gore, and the characters are a touch stereotypical, but a star is born in Alpha.
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