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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    Every year or two there is a new horror film that is advertised as being the scariest thing ever. This year's edition of the trend is Hereditary, which the commercials are boasting as "A new generation's The Exorcist" and other such hyperbole. Personally, I hate when ad campaigns for (all genres of) movies focus more on blurbs from reviews than substance from the movie itself, because it sets up false expectations. If I want to read a review, I'll read…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★★★

    I had pretty much written Upgrade off after being bombarded with YouTube ads for the film in the weeks before its release. On an absolute whim I decided to check it out when it surprisingly popped up at my local theater, and I'm SO glad that I did.

    A lot of indie filmmakers have tried to make 80's-inspired sci-fi, horror and/or action movies lately and most of them look good but miss the mark by a large margin. Some have…

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  • Harbinger Down

    Harbinger Down

    ★★

    I’m a big fan of horror films, but I’m a HUGE fan of monster movies. The more disgusting, unusual, and bizarre the monster, the better. Among my favorite films of all time are the likes of Alien, Aliens, Predator, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Tremors, The Fly, etc. So naturally, when I discovered the Kickstarter campaign for Harbinger Down (a practical effects driven monster movie made by some of the special effects guys who helped bring several of the aforementioned classics…

  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    ★★★

    After his wife is beaten to death and his daughter is orally raped to the brink of insanity by Jeff Goldblum, New York City architect Charles Bronson takes to the streets to put a stop to violent crime in his neighborhood armed only with a revolver and his mustache. That's essentially the entire plot. Bronson, whose character used to be a fairly passive individual, grows a profound, yet misguided set of balls as soon as he finds himself with a…