THE BLACK PHONE poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal, Miguel Cazares Mora Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, based on the short story by Joe Hill Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 24, 2022 THE BLACK PHONE is an adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story. Directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, THE BLACK PHONE alternates its primary point of view between thirteen-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) and his little sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw). It’s 1978, and Finney and Gwen live with their […]Read On »


Movie Review: ABANDONED

ABANDONED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon Writers: Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott Director: Spencer Squire Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 17, 2022 ABANDONED is a very particular kind of haunted house story. It begins outside an isolated home at night. The porch light is on. We hear a bloodcurdling scream, a crying baby, a young woman pleading, then gunshots. Forty years later, we see the same house in daylight, at the end of a tree-lined dirt road. We still hear a baby crying. This turns out to be little Liam, son of Sarah (Emma Roberts) […]Read On »


Movie Review: SCARE ZONE

SCARE ZONE poster | ©2022 Terror Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Arian Ash, Chris Burns, Neil Brown Jr., Simon Needham, Michele Feren, Jordan Woods-Robinson Writer: Jon Binkowski Director: Jon Binkowski Distributor: Terror Films Release Date: May 27, 2022 (Terror Films Channel); June 3¸ 2022 (wide VOD and digital); original theatrical release June 10, 2010 SCARE ZONE is a solid (though not exemplary) example of the horror subgenre set at Halloween fright attractions. Originally released in 2010, SCARE ZONE is now being distributed on VOD and digital by Terror Films, which also hosts the movie on its own channel. SCARE ZONE has the advantage, like 2006’s DARK RIDE, […]Read On »



THE PASSENGER movie poster | ©2022 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez, Paula Gallego, Cristina Alcázar Writer: Luis Sánchez-Polack, developed by Asier Guerricaechebarria & Javier Enchánez, story by Raúl Cerezo Directors: Fernando González Gómez & Raúl Cerezo Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: June 3, 2022 THE PASSENGER (LA PASAJERA) has publicity that makes it sound more interesting than most of us will find it. “Don’t sit next to her,” the tag line warns. Sounds potentially intriguing, right? Well, never mind that, because that’s not exactly what’s going on here in the first place. In the prologue, two lost hikers make it through the woods […]Read On »



ESCAPE THE FIELD movie poster | ©2022 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Jordan Claire Robbins, Theo Rossi, Tahirah Sharif, Julian Feder, Elena Juatco, Shane West Writers: Emerson Moore and Joshua Dobkin & Sean Wathen Director: Emerson Moore Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 6, 2022 ESCAPE THE FIELD takes the notion of an escape room – strangers trying to work out clues – and stages it in a huge cornfield. For starters, we have to admire the budgetary ingenuity of director Emerson Moore, his co-writers Joshua Dobkin & Sean Wathen, and their filmmaking team. The settings in ESCAPE THE FIELD consist of the cornfield, some dirt paths between the huge […]Read On »



CHILDREN OF SIN movie poster | ©2022 CWM Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Meredith Mohler, Lewis Hines, Jo-Ann Robinson, Keni Bounds, Jeff Buchwald, Christopher Wesley Moore, Ana-Claire Henley, Cami Roebuck, Jacob Thomas, George Mayronne Writer: Christopher Wesley Moore Director: Christopher Wesley Moore Distributor: CWM Entertainment Release Date: April 22, 2022 CHILDREN OF SIN lives up to the ‘70s/’80s indie horror vibe suggested by the style of its poster. It’s got some good (if predictable) jump scares, at least one scene of profound weirdness, blunt statements, inexpensive production values, and a certain lack of plot logic. However, it’s unlikely that, in the ‘70s or ‘80s, we’d see an indie horror […]Read On »



HATCHING Movie Poster | ©2022 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Siiri Solaninna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin, Oiva Ollila Writer: Ilja Rautsi Director: Hanna Bergholm Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 29, 2022 HATCHING (PAHANHOUTOJA) is in Finnish, set in Finland. Its themes are fairly universal, though its details are marvelously specific. Tinja (Siiri Solaninna) is a young teen gymnast with a seemingly perfect middle-class life. There’s vlogger Mom (Sophia Heikkilä), good-natured Dad (Jani Volanen), younger brother Matias (Oiva Ollila), together in a beautiful house in the suburbs. But it’s not long before we see signs of strain. Mom’s vlog is entitled “Lovely Everyday Life,” […]Read On »


Movie Review: NIGHT’S END

NIGHT'S END Poster | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Geno Walker, Felonious Munk, Kate Arrington, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Grimm, Daniel Kyri, Theo Germaine, Morgan S. Reesh Writer: Brett Neveu Director: Jennifer Reeder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: March 31, 2022 (Shudder) NIGHT’S END is an oddly generic title for a mostly solid entry into the video chat horror subgenre. Like UNFRIENDED and HOST, NIGHT’S END takes place mostly on laptop screens, although the camera does follow our protagonist Ken Barber (Geno Walker) around his apartment. And what an apartment it is. Even before things start going thump in the night, the place is a little creepy. […]Read On »


Movie Review: X

X Movie poster | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure Writer: Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: March 18, 2022 X is director Ti West’s blend of drama, comedy, horror and moviemaking about moviemaking. He succeeds in being disturbing and almost heartbreaking before X backs off and turns more comic and conventional. In a wraparound sequence, we’re with law enforcement as they examine a very bloody crime scene. We then flash back to twenty-four hours earlier. We’re in 1979 Houston, Texas, where employees of a burlesque club are all too […]Read On »



YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER Movie Poster | ©2022 Magnet

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, Ingrid Craigie, Jordanne Jones, Paul Reid, Katie White, Florence Adebambo Writer: Kate Dolan Director: Kate Dolan Distributor: Magnet Release Date: March 25, 2022 YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER has a title that indicates where its plot is going. Director/writer Kate Dolan makes a good case for how mental illness can easily be confused with supernatural darkness, while not letting her genre audience down. In a prologue, we see a baby alone in a stroller at night. A woman, Rita (Ingrid Craigie), runs up to the stroller and begins pushing it. She sets […]Read On »

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