“Return to Sender is a harsh and unforgiving tale. From the very visceral experience of Miranda’s rape, to the end result of someone as disturbed as her finding a way to “cope”. Coupled with the disintegration of a father-daughter relationship and the callous and calculated brutality towards Benny (the dog) and William, it all adds up to a rather horrifying story. And it does so with such a sense of calm throughout that just how unsettling it is doesn’t sink in until sometime much later” – 3.6/5 (general) Continue reading
“Hellions is quite often serenely eerie due in no small part to the perfectly timed and abrupt musical changes, and the visually stunning contrast of black and white against pastel colors. Combine this with children in masks who speak a lot like the Borg and I imagine this is the kind of intensity Children of the Corn should have evoked were it not boring me to death instead.” -3.6/5 (genre)
The Hollow (2015)
The Hollow wants very much to be like one of the classic horror movies such as: Halloween, Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street. It wants it so bad that even the audience can taste it, and it tastes awful. – 1.75/5 Continue reading
“if you do decide that you can handle it you will be greatly rewarded with an outstanding tale; the metamorphosis of a brilliant but unremarkable girl into a powerful and tormented woman. Mary finds power in her skill and her brilliance as well as her unflinching willingness to do what must be done.” – 4/5
At the Devil’s Door
AtDD is simply the Frankenstein’s monster of movies; stitched together parts of so many other movies we’ve all seen far too many times that somehow become just a bit more than the sum of their parts, and present us with a movie we haven’t seen before. The entire movie is like a bout of deja vu that just won’t go away. – 2/5 Continue reading
The Seasoning House (Review)
“there is a rather intense and almost horrifying moment when Angel is incredibly brutal, but all of it is muted to her (and by extension to us) because she is deaf. It creates a peculiar feeling of detachment from the brutality of the act, as if she is not actually doing it herself but watching someone else.” – 4.25/5
“Contracted is what I hoped Fear the Walking Dead would have been on the zombie side of things. It is the journey of a young woman from life to unlife, and all the gory and disturbing aspects that accompany that transition.” – 3.5/5
“I’m not a sociopath. Just smart enough to think like one.” – Anna Greene
Anna is a psychological thriller/mystery/science fiction (sort of) movie that unfortunately never quite remembers it’s supposed to be any of these things. It takes us along for a decent ride that ultimately never quite goes anywhere.
Anna takes place in a world (near future/alternate timeline) where there are people who are “viewers”. These people such as John Washington (Mark Strong) can enter into other people’s memories and “view” them as they occur. Continue reading
Let’s get the obvious out of the way up front: Some (probably most) viewers will find Para Elisa to be extremely disturbing, perhaps more than they’re willing to deal with to make it all the way through to the end. And while it did border on disturbing I never quite found it pushing over that edge, but managing to stay just to the left of it squarely in creepy and sadistic.
To get started, my post from last week on FB, hence the brevity. Some additions.
I’ll be a little more brief about the movie Kristy than I have been about others. For the most part it’s pretty typical fare for it’s genre. Think The Strangers. There are some deeper (for horror) elements to the movie that can’t really be explored due to the rather rigid adherence to the horror/thriller mold. Continue reading
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