Tag Archives: horror

Film Review: “Doctor Sleep” Keeps Us Awake, Even If It Never Quite Shines

Doctor Sleep (Mike Flanagan, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A perfectly acceptable, if not particularly remarkable, adaptation of a book I haven’t read – Stephen King’s eponymous 2013 sequel to his 1977 The Shining – Doctor Sleep is mostly involving throughout its (long) … Continue reading

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Film Review: All the Crops in “Gothic Harvest” Are Dead

Gothic Harvest (Ashley Hamilton, 2018) ½ out of 4 stars. It is rare, for me at least, to find a film that seems to fail in almost every aspect, in which every decision and direction seems like the wrong one, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Countdown” Is Entertaining, but Ultimately Needs a Reset

Countdown (Justin Dec, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. ‘Tis the season of witches, vampires, zombies, ghouls, and many other creatures that go bump in the night, but what better film to release around Halloween than one featuring the scariest … Continue reading

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Film Review: Magical “Tigers Are Not Afraid” Explores Horrors of Mexican Drug Wars

Tigers Are Not Afraid (“Vuelven”) (Issa López, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A horror film set amidst the real-life tragedies of Mexico’s horrific drug wars, Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid (“Vuelven,” or “They Come Back” in the original … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bloodline” Is As Bold and Brazen As Its Main Character

Bloodline (Henry Jacobson, 2019 ) 3 out of 4 stars. How many people in our lives that we trust do we actually really know, inside and out? Do we know their light side and their dark side? Do we know … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Whistler: Origins” Is Brisk, Beguiling, and a bit Baffling

The Whistler: Origins (“El Silbón: Orígenes”) (Gisberg Bermudez, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Cultural folktales seem to be the horror genre’s newest obsession. They’re coming in all varieties it seems, from mainstream supernatural jump-scare-fests like The Curse of La … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gwen” Is a Slow Burn

Gwen (William McGregor, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. On Halloween night in 2016 my friends and I sat around, crowded in my college dorm room, to watch a horror movie … what else would one do on Halloween night? … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Camp Wedding” Needs More Camp

Camp Wedding (Greg Emetaz, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. There seem to be two types of horror spoofs/parodies: comedies with horror elements (think the Scary Movie franchise) and horror films with comedic elements (the Scream franchise). Then, there are … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Nightingale” Wails a Lament for Victims of Violence

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Clare is a young woman without much of a future. It’s the early 19thcentury in Australia, a continent still being conquered by the Europeans, the indigenous population hunted and killed at … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trespassers” Delivers with Terrific Tension

Trespassers (Orson Oblowitz, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Trespassers begins with a literal bang, opening with a brutally quick double execution of a couple at the hands of a masked man, showing viewers what they’re in for, right off … Continue reading

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