Movie Review: HERD

HERD movie poster | ©2023 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ellen Adair, Mitzi Akaha, Jeremy Holm, Timothy V. Murphy, Corbin Bernsen, Amanda Fuller, Ronan Starns Writers: James Allerdyce & Steven Pierce Director: Steven Pierce Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: October 13, 2023 (theatrical and digital) Often, “this movie doesn’t know what it wants to be” is code for “this is a genre mashup that doesn’t work.” HERD is a genre mashup that does know what it wants to be, even if all of its elements don’t fully mesh. On a macro level, HERD has a message about the dangers of overreaction. More immediately, it’s that […]Read On »


Movie Review: DEAR DAVID

DEAR DAVID movie poster | ©2023 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Augustus Prew, Andrea Bang, René Escobar Jr., Cameron Nicoll, Justin Long Writer: Mike van Waes, story by Mike van Waes & Evan Turner Director: John McPhail Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: October 13, 2023 DEAR DAVID opens with a supertitle: “In 2017 Adam Ellis began documenting a series of strange experiences that were happening in his apartment. He posted them on Twitter and these ‘Dear David’ posts became a viral sensation. The following is based on those true events.” The thread, with Ellis’s illustrations (which appear in the film), was published in the online magazine Buzzfeed (one of […]Read On »



CREEPY CRAWLY movie poster | ©2023 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mike Angelo, Chanya McClory, Benjamin Joseph Varney, Kulteera Yordchang Writers: Charoen Kathitisuwan & Pakphum Wongjinda & Chalit Krileadmongkon Directors: Pakphum Wongjinda & Chalit Krileadmongkon Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: October 3, 2023 (digital, home video) Fun fact: Southeast Asia has some of the largest venomous centipedes on the planet. These hundred-legged, segmented critters can grow to be more than half a foot long. But that’s just the jumping-off point for directors Pakphum Wongjinda & Chalit Krileadmongkon, who co-wrote the screenplay for CREEPY CRAWLY (aka THE ONE HUNDRED) with Charoen Kathitisuwan. They delve back into […]Read On »


Movie Review: V/H/S/85

V/H/S/85 movie poster | ©2023 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Evie Blair, Florencia Rios, Ari Gallegos, James Ransone, Freddy Rodriguez, Dashiell Derrickson, Kelli Garner, Jordan Belfi, Chuck McCollum Writers: Mike P. Nelson (“No Wake/Ambrosia”), Gigi Saul Guerrero (“God of Death”), Zoe Cooper (“TKNOGD,” story by Zoe Cooper & Natasha Kermani), Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (“Dreamkill”), Evan Dickson (“Total Copy,” story by David Bruckner & Evan Dickson) Directors: Mike P. Nelson (“No Wake/Ambrosia”), Gigi Saul Guerrero (“God of Death”), Natasha Kermani (“TKNOGD”), Scott Derrickson (“Dreamkill”), David Bruckner (“Total Copy”) Distributor: Shudder Release Date: October 6, 2023 (Shudder) V/H/S/85 is the latest in the horror anthology […]Read On »



THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER movie poster | ©2023 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, Ann Dowd, Olivia Marcum, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Nettles, Danny McCarthy, Okwui Okpokwasili, E.J. Bonilla, Raphael Sbarge, Norbert Leo Butz Writers: Peter Sattler & David Gordon Green, screen story by Scott Teems & David Gordon Green & Danny McBride, based on characters created by William Peter Blatty Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2023 It would be hard, if not impossible, for a film released now to replicate the power of the original THE EXORCIST. Wisely, the new THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER doesn’t attempt to do that. Instead, it […]Read On »


Movie Review: CASSANDRO

CASSANDRO movie poster | ©2023 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Gael García Bernal, Roberta Colindrez, Perla de la Rosa, Joaquín Cosío, Raúl Castillo, El Hijo del Santo, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio Writers: David Teague & Roger Ross Williams Director: Roger Ross Williams Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: September 14, 2023 (theatrical), September 22, 2023 (Prime Video) Those who follow Mexican wrestling and its practitioners – the luchadors – are more likely to have heard of Cassandro (real name Saúl Armendáriz) than those who don’t. Then again, while he is still with us and is a consultant on the film that bears his stage name, Cassandro was mostly […]Read On »



WHEN EVIL LURKS (CUANDO ACHECHA LA MALDAD) movie poster | ©2023 IFC Films/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ezequiel Rodríguez, Demian Salamón, Silvina Sabater, Luis Ziembrowski, Virginia Garófalo, Emilio Vodanovich, Marcelo Michinaux, Desirée Salguiero, Paula Rubinstein, Federico Liss Writer: Demian Rugna Director: Demian Rugna Distributor: IFC Films/Shudder Release Date: October 6, 2023 (theatrical); October 27, 2023 (Shudder) WHEN EVIL LURKS (CUANDO ACHECHA LA MALDAD) is an Argentinian horror film, written and directed by Demian Rugna. As it concerns demonic possession, perhaps October 6 isn’t the best date for it to be released in the U.S., seeing that this is also the release date for THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER. Then again, maybe viewers will want to […]Read On »



SATANIC HISPANICS movie poster | ©2023 Dread

Rating: R Stars: Efren Ramirez, Jonah Ray, Hemky Madera, Patricia Velasquez, Greg Grunberg, Ari Gallegos, Jacob Vargas, Sonya Eddy, Danielle Chavez, Christian Rodrigo, Demián Salomón Writers: Alejandro Mendez (“The Traveler”), Demián Rugna (“También Lo Vi”), Adam Cesare (“El Vampiro”), Shadan Saul & Raynor Shima (“Nahaules”), Lino K. Villa (“Chapter 5”) Directors: Mike Mendez (“The Traveler”), Demián Rugna (“También Lo Vi”), Gigi Saul Guerrero (“Nahuales”), Alejandro Brugués (“Chapter 5”), Eduardo Sánchez (“El Vampiro”) Distributor: Dread Release Date: September 14, 2023 SATANIC HISPANICS is a lively, bloody, occasionally actually scary horror anthology, made by Latinx filmmakers, and starring a mostly Latinx cast. […]Read On »


Movie Review: BARBER

BARBER movie poster | ©2023 Brainstorm Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Aiden Gillen, Aisling Kearns, Gary Lydon, Helen Behan, Deirdre Donnelly, Liam Carney, Irma Mali, Steve Wall Writers: Fiona Bergin & Fintan Connolly Director: Fintan Connolly Distributor: Brainstorm Media Release Date: September 22, 2023 BARBER is in many ways solidly in the tradition of the private eye thriller. However, there are several changes from convention. For one, we’re in present-day Dublin, somewhere in COVID times; lockdown is over, but nobody is sure when or wear to wear masks, when to shake hands. And nobody carries a gun. Our hero, Valentine Barber (Aiden Gillen), is a low-rent private […]Read On »



A HAUNTING IN VENICE movie poster | ©2023 20th Century Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ricardo Scamarcio, Camille Cottin, Kelly Reilly, Rowena Robinson, Emma Laird, Kyle Allen, Ali Khan Writer: Michael Green, based on the novel HALLOWE’EN PARTY by Agatha Christie Director: Kenneth Branagh Distributor: Twentieth Century Studios Release Date: September 15, 2023 A HAUNTING IN VENICE is the third Agatha Christie film adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars for the third time as Christie’s brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. Michael Green, the screenwriter of the first two, likewise returns. We’re in Venice, Italy, 1947. By now, Poirot is physically, psychologically […]Read On »

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