• The Babysitter: Killer Queen

    The Babysitter: Killer Queen

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    I'm so glad McG directed both of these films. They definitely feel like 2 parts of the same story in every way, and the humor is consistent in tone throughout.

    Killer Queen knows EXACTLY what it is. A fun popcorn bloody horror comedy that almost goes off the rails at times (stoner dads rejoice). Cole and new character Phoebe keep the heart in tact and give us something to root for.

    I'm not saying whether or not S. Weaving was in Killer Queen, but she didn't have to be.

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    Unhinged turned out to be exactly what I thought. Don't expect any big surprises, just Russell Crowe have a MASSIVE case of the Mondays. It doesn't break any new ground the psychopath genre, but it's a fun ride for a Saturday afternoon.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

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    First impressions on Tenet. This will have to process. It doesn't have the heart of Inception, but Nolan is so far ahead of everyone that he's going in reverse. Damn what a movie.

    If you're looking for spectacle and innovation, there's plenty of it in Tenet. The action is not only jawdropping, but challenging to the mind. Like you're deciphering the fight as it's happening.

    One thing that Nolan puts first and foremost is story, and he builds the action…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

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    As a comic book fan, I'm disappointed. As a horror fan, I'm offended. New Mutants grasps at a lot of things, but never connects. And the fact that Fox repeatedly delayed the film makes complete sense now.

  • Host

    Host

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    Host is a new "laptop horror" film on Shudder, and at just over 50 minutes, it packs an economical punch. There is one scene that got me. Good. The improvisation adds to the horror and humor at times. And can we give it up for the importance of editing these films? Bravo!

  • I See You

    I See You

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    It's been too long since we had a good child abduction thriller. I See You puts a heavy spin on the premise with an inventive structure and plenty of twists. It may a bit over kill in the 3rd act, but damn it's satisfying.

  • The Rental

    The Rental

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    Who knew that Dave Franco was a horror fan? The Rental might draw comparisons to other genre favorites (Drive, Body Double), but it oozes atmosphere with a smart script that plays heavily with character conflict. A true thriller in every sense.

    The constant tension between the characters is so well crafted, which ties into the breakneck intensity in the last act.

  • 1BR

    1BR

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    1BR takes a "road well traveled" premise and turns it on it's head with a unique change in trajectory, with plenty of blood and emotion. It's one of the few movies I've seen where there is a first act twist that completely turns the movie on it's head.

    Nicole Brydon Bloom carries a heavy load, and succeeds emotionally. You can't help but feel sorry for her, root for her, and question her throughout.

  • The Beach House

    The Beach House

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    Every few years a new body horror movies comes along, and depending on the budget, delivers the same results. The Beach House fits right into this mold. It's effective, gruesome, and even thought provoking. It's not going to win any awards, but at least it can stand next to most of it's genre brethren.

    Our main heroine Emily (Liana Liberato) shines as another example of a strong female that feels natural and not forced.

    One pro worth mentioning is the…

  • Becky

    Becky

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    Becky is Home Alone on acid.

    Really simple plot. Fun and bloody as hell. Lulu Wilson kicks up the psycho meter quite a bit at a certain point (no spoilers). Kevin James is surprisingly effective as the villain.

    If you're looking for some mindless fun with booby traps to boot, look no further than Becky.

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

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    The Lodge is the latest "high brow" horror delight with a hard focus on characters who are very uncomfortable around each other. Add in a dash of religious cult repression and you got yourself a solid horror flick in the vein of The Shining and The Thing.

    Riley Keough is mesmerizing as Grace, with a steady slow burn percolation of the character to a chilling final act.

  • We Summon the Darkness

    We Summon the Darkness

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

    We Summon the Darkness is very lacking. It borrows elements from a lot of different brackets....80s culture, metal, kidnapping/torture, etc. But if gives half-hearted attempts at each one of these elements. It doesn't even feel like an 80s movie at all actually.

    It barely grazes the heavy metal aspect. And the "let's capture some dudes and torture them for the fuck of it" plotline really is pointless...because the characters feel so one dimensional.

    Oh...and Alexandria Daddario is in it.