THANKSGIVING Blu-ray | ©2024 Sony/TriStar

Rating: R Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Nell Verlaque, Addison Rae, Jalen Thomas Brooks, Milo Manheim, Tomaso Sanelli, Gabriel Davenport, Jenna Warren, Ty Victor Olsson, Tim Dillon, Russell Yuen, Karen Cliche, Derek McGrath, Joe Delfin, Jeff Teravainen, Rick Hoffman, Gina Gershon Writer: Jeff Rendell, story by Eli Roth & Jeff Rendell Director: Eli Roth Distributor: Sony/TriStar Release Date: November 17, 2023 (theatrical); January 16, 2024 (digital); January 30, 2024 (DVD/Blu-ray) In the proud tradition of 2010’s MACHETE, 2011’s HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, and 2013’s MACHETE KILLS, THANKSGIVING is the latest actual movie to be based on the parody trailers in the middle […]Read On »


Movie Review: NIGHT SWIM

NIGHT SWIM movie poster | ©2024 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Wyatt Russell, Kerry Condon, Amélie Hoeferle, Gavin Warren, Jodi Long, Eddie Martinez, Elijah Roberts, Nancy Lenehan, Rahnuma Panthaky, Ayazhan Dalabayeva Writer: Bryce McGuire, based on the short film by Rod Blackhurst & Bryce McGuire Director: Bryce McGuire Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: January 5, 2024 In home insurance documents, swimming pools are referred to as “attractive nuisances.” The swimming pool in NIGHT SWIM is more than that, alternatively alluring, healing, and homicidal. Directed and scripted by Bryce McGuire, who made the short film this is based on with Rod Blackhurst, NIGHT SWIM begins in 1992. A short […]Read On »



LORD OF MISRULE movie poster | ©2023 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Ralph Ineson, Matt Stokoe, Anton Valensi, Rosalind March, Robert Goodman, Alexa Goodall, David Langham, Jane Wood, Evie Templeton Writer: Tom De Ville Director: William Brent Bell Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: December 8, 2023 Folk horror doesn’t get much folkier than LORD OF MISRULE. Almost every frame is packed with masks, costumes, charms, decorations, and artwork of British paganism. Even the scenes that are relatively mundane are shot and adorned to look as though they can easily accommodate anything folklore-related that may turn up in the frame. For a good stretch, the film, written […]Read On »



THE SACRIFICE GAME movie poster | ©2023 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mena Massoud, Olivia Scott Welch, Gus Kenworthy, Madison Baines, Derek Johns, Laurent Pitre, Chloë Levine, Georgia Acken Writers: Jenn Wexler & Sean Redlitz Director: Jenn Wexler Distributor: Shudder Release Date: December 8, 2023 (Shudder) THE SACRIFICE GAME is set in 1971, perhaps to avoid pesky technology issues and/or to justify the careful production design and color schemes. Directed by Jenn Wexler, with a script by Wexler & Sean Redlitz, it has a nicely-balanced mix of human malice and the supernatural. We are introduced upfront to “the Christmas Killers,” as they have been dubbed by the press. […]Read On »



NIGHTMARE ON 34TH STREET movie poster | ©2023 Wild Eye Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Pierse Stevens, Mark Beauchamp, Olivia Hespe, Les Mills, Lucy Pinder, Jeff Kristian, Adam Thomas Wright, Jude Forsey, Eloise Harwood, Jon Vangdal Aamaas, Tony Fadil, Karl Hughes, Rafi Wilder, Matthew Jay France, Liam Elcock, Dani Thompson, Bibi Lucille, Tara Kirsty Sumner, Andy Gatenby, Gillian Broderick Writer: James Crow Director: James Crow Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing Release Date: December 5, 2023 (digital) NIGHTMARE ON 34TH STREET is a Christmas horror anthology. It is a relative novelty in that all of its segments have been written and directed by the same person, James Crow, rather than going with the […]Read On »



IT LIVES INSIDE movie poster | ©2023 Neon

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Betty Gabriel, Vik Sahay, Gage Marsh, Jenaya Ross, Beatrice Kitsos Writer: Bishal Dutta, story by Bishal Dutta and Ashish Mehta Director: Bishal Dutta Distributor: Neon Release Date: September 22, 2023 (theatrical), November 7, 2023 (home video and digital) IT LIVES INSIDE bears certain similarities to the original THE EXORCIST, inasmuch as the film’s action relies on the concept that a particular religion’s demons are real. However, in the case of IT LIVES INSIDE, the religion is Hinduism, and the hero is not a cleric of any sort, but rather American high […]Read On »



IT'S A WONDERFUL KNIFE movie poster | ©2023 RLJE Films/Shudder

Rating: R Stars: Jane Widdop, Jess McLeod, Joel McHale, Katharine Isabelle, William B. Davis, Justin Long, Aiden Howard, Erin Boyes, Sean Depner, Zenia Marshall, Jason Fernandes, Hana Huggins, Cassandra Naud Writer: Michael Kennedy Director: Tyler MacIntyre Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date: November 10, 2023 (theatrical) What if the celebrated 1946 Christmas film IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE were also SCREAM? That’s not as impossible a mashup as it perhaps sounds. IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE proves the point. In IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (for those who need a refresher), despondent Bedford Falls resident George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he’d never been born. […]Read On »



FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S | ©2023 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, Matthew Lillard Writers: Scott Cawthon and Seth Cuddeback & Emma Tammi, screen story by Scott Cawthon and Chris Lee Hill & Tyler MacIntyre based on the video game FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S by Scott Cawthon Director: Emma Tammi Distributor: Universal Pictures/Peacock Release Date: October 27, 2023 (theatrical and Peacock streaming) FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S is adapted from the horror videogame of the same name. There is not a drawback in itself. There are readily identifiable good scary movies adapted from videogames (see the original RESIDENT EVIL, for starters). […]Read On »


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 »

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