Crawl knows exactly what kind of movie it is, and absolutely succeeds in delivering. It’s a film as brutal, relentless, and satisfyingly simple as its gators.Read More
There’s a surreal horror to Midsommar’s most brutal scenes, to see nightmarish imagery imbued with such pleasantness and even twisted beauty.Read More
The Scarlet Vultures is a beautifully shot dream like short packed with neon lighting, a pulsating score, and visceral violence. Read More
Blue Spring is devastating. Amplifying the angst-filled emotion which propels much of the high school drama contained within, the film whiplashes the viewer from contention to contention, promising a dizzying and highly turbulent cinematic experience.
Hauntingly melancholicRead More
If the documentary (by the same director) wasn't enough to satisfy your curiosity, then I suppose you could do worse than this as a supplementary piece.Read More
The result of this collaborative effort is a thickly atmospheric Lovecraftian-flavored tale that's far-and-away from feeling low budget, or amateur in execution.
So if the idea of a dreamy, existentially moody character study, framed with ambiguity and set against the oppressive backdrop of a cosmic-horror apocalypse sounds like a good time (or a perfect bad time), Starfish is likely going to resonate well with you.Read More
...there's still some scuzzy pulpy fun to be had, some goodness to be taken away from the experience, just so long as you're willing to navigate past it's largest problem.
Jake Braden takes the ordinary and inebriates it over the course of it's runtime, slowly slurring the narrative, and twisting the presentation until you're left with something that's nearly incoherent and intensely uncomfortableRead More
Daddy issues, drug addiction, a cannibalistic grandmother, boobs, and unhealthy eating habits power a psychosexual fever dream. Sound messy? It is! But over the course of two midnight viewings (it's pretty long for what it is), Close Calls coalesced, and its disjointed narrative mostly worked for me.Read More
Jordan Peele's cocktail blend of horror inspiration plays out similarly to, say, an extended episode of The Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, but instead of feeling unnecessarily stretched, it leverages the extra breathing room to construct a very creative multi-layered narrativeRead More
Top Knot Detective is two distinct things. A mockumentary about a fictional Japanese samurai show that took Australia by storm in the 90s, and also, a collage of vignettes taken from said fictional Japanese samurai show. The latter of which, works great. The former however, eh...not so much.Read More
...a bloody-grinned monster party that's one part Goosebumps, one part Evil Dead (with bits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer sprinkled in for good measure)Read More
Purgatory Road is a jaded, scathing commentary on religious piety, one framed in unflinching violence, angst, and the cyclic nature of abuseRead More
Thanks to its atmospheric strengths and technical competency, an eye-pleasingly creepy film to run through—over and over again.Read More
While it's riddled with the kind of problems that threaten to capsize it, there's still just enough in the way of horror-gristle to keep you invested, and Dry Blood afloatRead More
A film that manages something so uniquely ingenious, in that it thrives on the very things which often exist to stumble most other productions, blurring the line between planned intention and clever improvisation.Read More
The blood-soaked slippery slope…
Less a character deconstruction (though there's a nice mental framework for that built around the subjectivity of art), and more a slow escalating and chronicling of violent sociopathic methodology. We watch Jack grow, not as a person, but as a serial killer. And with each major step (or "incident", as the film defines these milestones) towards refined depravity and sadism, a shedding of whatever little humanity Jack happened to posses. The scariest part of the film (which is also one of the funniest) is when he has to learn (through imitation) how to behave like a well adjusted human being, so that he can be a more effective serial killer. Matt Dillon staring into a mirror surrounded by pictures of normal people—each exhibiting a different emotion—and attempting to mimic those facial expressions, was absolutely chilling.
A blood soaked decent into hell…Read More
But it's good. Better than most Netflix original horror outings (I know I know, low bar) and does an admirable job thriving on the drama created from its premise. Drama that's propelled by solid performances from a nicely varied cast of "hey I recognize that person"-listers and lead by an also solid turn-in from Sandra Bullock. If you dug A Quiet Place, you'll dig this.
If not, you still might.Read More