Movie Review: HURT

HURT movie poster | ©2021 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Emily Van Raay, Andrew Creer, Michelle Treacy, Stephanie Moran, Bradley Hamilton, Adam Drodge Writers: Solomon Gray & Sonny Mallhi Director: Sonny Mallhi Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: December 9, 2021 HURT begins with a prayer for Biblical vengeance. This is followed by an onscreen statement that what we are about to see is inspired by true events: “In 2012, a teenage girl went camping with her sister and her mother … as usual, the teenage girl wanted nothing to do with her sister or her mother.” Things can’t get much truer than that. But this sets […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEATH VALLEY

DEATH VALLEY Movie Poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jeremy Ninaber, Ethan Mitchell, Kristen Kaster Writer: Matthew Ninaber Director: Matthew Ninaber Distributor: Shudder Release Date: December 9, 2021 DEATH VALLEY has an odd title, considering its contents. There’s plenty of death, but we’re not in the Mojave Desert, nor in any sort of valley at all. Our primary locations are a Russian forest, and the underground biolab beneath it. This aside, DEATH VALLEY is surprisingly well-done. Moments that seem to be plot missteps are actually clues. Despite the clearly low budget, director/writer Matthew Ninaber and his cinematographer, Brent Tremain, establish plausible lighting sources. They make […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAIR

LAIR movie poster | ©2021 1091 Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Corey Johnson, Anya Newall, Aislinn De’Ath, Alana Wallace, Kashif O’Connor, Sean Buchanan, Lara Mount, Alexandra Gilbreath, Oded Fehr Writer: Adam Ethan Crow, additional material by Stuart Wright Director: Adam Ethan Crow Distributor: 1091 Pictures Release Date: November 9, 2021 LAIR reverses the usual cursed-objects horror set-up. Instead of a team of people trying to retrieve the various things, a la FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES or WAREHOUSE 13, LAIR gives us someone who’s distributing these things. Steven Caramore (Corey Johnson) is, to put it kindly, a scumbag. Caramore has been in the business of staging fake […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALIGNANT

MALIGNANT movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

Rating: R Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel, Ingrid Bisu, Mckenna Grace Writer: Akela Cooper, story by James Wan & Ingrid Bisu and Akela Cooper Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: September 10, 2021 MALIGNANT is a word that can mean malevolent or, in medical terms, virulent/highly infectious. While MALIGNANT won’t be anybody’s idea of a medical drama, the title is apt. In a prologue, we’re at the Simion Research Hospital in 1993. Gabriel has just escaped from his holding cell. He is malicious, violent, and so able […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICIOUS FUN

VICIOUS FUN movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Bowman, John Fray, Sean Baek, Alexa Rose Steele, David Koechner Writer: James Villeneuve, story by Cody Calahan Director: Cody Calahan Distributor: Shudder Release Date: June 29, 2021 VICIOUS FUN is well-titled. It’s set in 1983 Minnesota, and is both a fairly faithful recreation of and playful tweak of the era. Does VICIOUS FUN absolutely need to take place when people used phone booths and taxicabs a lot more often? Maybe not, but if a movie is going to pay homage to FRIDAY THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INITIATION

INITIATION movie poster | ©2021 Saban

Stars: Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay Lavanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, James Berardo, Maxwell Hamilton, Kent Faulcon, Mel Fair, Debra Di Liso, Yancy Butler, Lochlyn Munro Writers: John Berardo, Lindsay Lavanchy, Brian Frager Director: John Berardo Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: May 7, 2021  INITIATION is a surprisingly ambitious slasher. It starts out as something absolutely familiar – debauchery at a college frat house – and then turns out to have issues on its mind. In fact, INITIATION winds up tackling so much that it can’t quite get its metaphorical arms around all it […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Blu-ray | ©2021 RLJE/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Fisher, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Hethcoat, Mike C. Nelson, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Alison Gallaher, Phyllis Applegate Writer: Ryan Spindell Director: Ryan Spindell Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date: April 30, 2021 THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is a horror anthology with several fun concepts. The first, which takes a moment of adjustment, is that even though it’s set in the present (or at least post-2000), the production style is of the ‘50s/’60s. People still use rotary-dial telephones and have CRT televisions with bulging screens. On the other hand, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RESORT

THE RESORT movie poster | ©2021 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Bianca Haase, Brock O’Hurn, Michael Vlamis, Michelle Randolph, Dave Sheridan Writer: Taylor Chien Director: Taylor Chien Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: April 30, 2021 THE RESORT has a good idea and great locations. It aspires to be THE SHINING in Hawaii. Writer/director Taylor Chien has access to a vast, creepy abandoned hotel, not to mention plenty of gorgeous Maui scenery. Unfortunately, this is not put to the best possible use. At the outset, two security guards are patrolling an empty service hallway when something attacks them. Then we flash back and meet birthday celebrant Lex (Bianca […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE EARTH

IN THE EARTH Poster | ©2021 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Joel Fry, Reece Sheersmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero, John Hollingworth Writer: Ben Wheatley Director: Ben Wheatley Distributor: Neon Release Date: April 16, 2021 IN THE EARTH is set in a world where there’s a pandemic going on. Lest anyone be put off by this story element, its point seems mainly to explain why there aren’t more people around. After the first few scenes, it becomes an afterthought. However, anyone who has problems with strobe lights and flashing images should be warned in advance. Dr. Martin Lowry (Joel Fry) walks up a woodland path to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE

THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE | ©2020 4Digital Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mhairi Calvey, Waleed Elgadi, Makenna Guyler, Kevin Leslie, Emma Spurgin Hussey, Jo Price Writer: Wolf-Peter Arand, story by Juliane Block & Wolf-Peter Arand Director: Juliane Block Distributor: 4Digital Media Release Date: December 15, 2020 THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE begins with an elaborate narrated prologue, voiced over still artwork illustrations. It’s a bit confusing, at first, because we hear about a “great war” with big explosions, but this turns out not to be the Great War, i.e., World War I. Instead, it’s a pre-history event in what is now England. An evil king called Dormant kills […]Read On »

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