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

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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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Movie Review: ANYTHING FOR JACKSON

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON movie poster | ©2020 Shudder/Vortex Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Konstantina Mantelos, Josh Cruddas, Yannick Bisson, Lanette Ware, Daxton William Lund Writer: Keith Cooper Director: Justin G. Dyck Distributor: Shudder/Vortex Media Release Date: December 3, 2020 ANYTHING FOR JACKSON is described in its publicity materials as a “reverse exorcism” story. That’s broadly true, although not quite what we might envision. Older couple Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) are Satanists, but they’re not trying to find a vessel for their Dark Lord or any of his minions. They just want to bring their little grandson Jackson (Daxton William Lund) back […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BEAST MODE

BEAST MODE movie poster | ©2020 Devilworks

Rating: Not Rated Stars: C. Thomas Howell, James Duval, Carrie Finklea, Spain Willingham, Leslie Easterbrook, Robert Costanzo, Daz Crawford, Teddy Margas, James Hong, Ray Wise, Aliana Matheis, Douglas Bennett Writers: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham & Drew Fortune Directors: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham Distributor: Devilworks Release Date: December 1, 2020 To paraphrase a famous quote, dying is easy, comedy is hard, parodying Hollywood and trying to do horror at the same time on a low budget is super-hard. Credit BEAST MODE for giving it a go, even if it doesn’t hit the mark much of the time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOSTS

HOSTS movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Neal Ward, Samantha Loxley, Frank Jakeman, Nadia Lamin, Lee Hunter, Jennifer Preston, Buddy Skelton Writer: Adam Leader, story by Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Directors: Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 HOSTS, not to be confused with the July 2020 release HOST (or Bong Joon-ho’s THE HOST, or any of the other more than 450 films with similar titles) is a low-budget British horror film. The title is actually clever, as HOSTS refers both to the Henderson family, who’ve invited their neighbors over for Christmas supper, and the […]Read On »

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