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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Silent Night, Deadly Night


    Great. Creepy, campy, Christmassy.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born


    I loved this movie.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody


    Bohemian Rhapsody is FANTASTIC when it counts. The pacing meanders a few times, and some predictable liberties are taken with a few biographical aspects, but the emotional beats land extremely well. Any time the band performs the movie hits a new level. Critics will note that it's far from a perfect movie, but Queen fans will love it.

  • Victor Crowley

    Victor Crowley


    A major letdown.

  • Halloween



    I couldn’t have loved it more. David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a total success from top to bottom. It’s the best sequel of the series, a worthy successor to Carpenter’s original, and one of the best pure slashers in recent years. The Shape is back!

    A disclaimer: this is hardly an unbiased review. Halloween is my (second) favorite movie of all time, my favorite horror movie by far, and I’ve written, discussed and analyzed John Carpener’s 1978 masterpiece to death.…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan


    Great drama. Could have cut about 20 minutes from the film.

  • Intruder



    The back of the blu-ray box calls it the “holy grail of gore fest cinema.” The movie certainly wasn’t tame, but “holy grail” this film was not. 

    That said, I had a really fun time watching. The first 30 minutes of exposition actually make you care about the characters, and the deaths become at least a little impactful. Speaking of the deaths, there are plenty and they are gruesome.

  • Mandy



    My full review of Mandy, can be found in an upcoming episode of The Obsessive Viewer podcast. I will link the episode here when it airs.

  • Thir13en Ghosts

    Thir13en Ghosts


    I'm actually surprised how much I liked this movie considering it's overwhelmingly negative reviews (13% on Rotten Tomatoes, 30 on Metacritic.) But there was a certain late-'90s, early '00s charm to the movie that I thought helped age the film quite impressively.

    Released in 2001 smack-dab in the middle of two strong horror movements, it's tone sits in a veritable no-man's-land somewhere between Scream-style irony and Saw-like torture porn. Thirteen Ghosts is neither of those kinds of movies, and I…

  • When A Stranger Calls Back

    When A Stranger Calls Back


    The opening scene was impressive, and I was surprised how similar it was to Scream which wasn't released until three years after this movie.

    Shortly after, though, the film unravels quickly. It's cool to see Carol Kane return to her role 14 years later, but the real thrills and chills are too few and far between. Most of the movie was boring, and the climax was uninspired.

    Watch the first 30, forget the rest.

  • He's Out There

    He's Out There

    He’s Out There/I> disappointed me on so many levels. Early previews of this movie made it seem like The Strangers meets Friday the 13th, but nothing in it came restively close to those movies in fun or fright. 

    The acting was terrible, the scares were embarrassingly light, and the plot hardly made sense.

    If there is any redeeming quality in He’s Out There/I>, it’s in Yvonne Strahovski’s dedication to the role. I don’t know if she was aware that she was in a bad movie, but she went all-in either way.  

    I hated this movie. Avoid at all costs.

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil


    I Saw the Devil is as good as advertised. For a movie with a runtime of 2+ hours, I could hardly look away--even when I wanted to. The violence was relentless, but framed by a challenging theme of revenge and the nature of evil, the grisly deaths felt entirely purposeful.

    The villain of the movie is vile and perfectly portrayed, but it's the protagonist played by Byung-hun Lee who does the emotional heavy lifting of the film. He plays most…