Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in Horror

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Director: Sophia Takal

Stars: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Cary Elwes

Plot: Several girls on a college campus are hunted by cloaked and masked figures



Clint Says: Don't even bother



This is the kind of film that gives the horror genre a bad name. This is nothing but a brainless, stupid, slasher flick that serves no purpose whatsoever. 


The acting is embarrassingly bad, and the plot is worse.


On some level this is supposed to be a female empowerment movie, but they give the women power by making the men literally brainless clones that are trained only to kill. So rather than make the men smart and the women smarter, they decided to make the men as dumb as possible. 


There is nothing scary about this movie. Even the jump scares are lame. And by the time the film gets to the climax everything has become so eye-rollingly ridiculous that it is laugh out loud funny. 


If you want to see a great Christmas horror flick, go rent ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE. But whatever you do just make sure you avoid this movie completely. If you see it Santa will put you on his naughty list.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Director: Mike Flanagan

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Plot: Dan has tried to avoid his "shining" as he has grown up, but when he finds out evil is chasing down a young girl with her ow ability to shine, he must do what he can to save her



Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters



If you are a fan of the 1980 horror classic THE SHINING then you will want to see DOCTOR SLEEP. If for no other reason than to see what psychological damage was done to little Danny boy at the Overlook Hotel.


Aside from the curiosity factor though, this is a good movie. It is a horror flick, but it is more creepy than scary, just like the original. It does a good job of standing on its own while paying homage to its predecessor. There are several great call backs and Easter eggs for fans of THE SHINING.


The acting is very well done. Especially from newcomer Kyliegh Curran. She takes what is essentially a lead role and owns it. That's a tough job for anyone, much more so for a 13 year old just starting her film career.


My only issue with this movie is that I was expecting something different. The trailers make it seem like this is Danny's story, but it really isn't. Yes, we get a lot from him, but the main hero arc belongs to the young girl. He is there to support her. Once I accepted this as reality instead of Danny having the hero arc I found myself enjoying the movie more.


This movie is filled with creepy images, people, and of course the hotel. It was never terrifying, but I could feel a sense of dread throughout the entire film. As far as horror films go, this is one of the best of the year.


It may have been 39 years between the original and the sequel, but they got it right, and that is what really matters. 

Posted by on in Movie Reviews




Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 25, 2019

Director: Justin Dec

Stars: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Peter Facinelli

Plot: An app that tells people when they will die becomes all too true for the people that download it



Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee



Horror has had a difficult time moving into the 2010's. The genre has tried several times with movies like UNFRIENDED and ESCAPE ROOM to bring technology into the story line, but it has yet to be really successful.


This movie may be the best so far in mixing today's technology with creepy horror.


If you like going to horror flicks for all of the jumps and bumps, this movie is one of the best of the year. There are a ton of jump scares to keep you reaching for the hand of the person sitting next to you. It also has one of the creepiest looking bad guys ever.


The story is pretty decent, too. It's not anywhere near amazing, but for a horror flick they did a good job with keeping the flow moving and even making fun of a couple of the old, tired horror cliches. Yes, it is filled with mediocre/bad acting and eye-rolling moments, but it also knows what it is and where it is going and it never tries to take itself to seriously.


If you like horror flicks, go for it. It's not going to be one of your favorites, but it will get you into the Halloween mood. If you aren't a fan of being scared then stay away from this one.


Posted by on in Movie Reviews




Rated: R

Release Date: October 25, 2019

Director: Robert Eggers

Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

Plot: Two lighthouse attendants try to fix an aging lighthouse while keeping from going mad



Clint Says: See this only if you love art-house films



When it comes to films that fall into the horror genre, THE LIGHTHOUSE may be the most beautiful of them all. Shot fully in black and white, the images and cinematography are stunning. It feels and looks like you are watching a Hitchcock film in high definition. Everything pops off of the screen in incredible detail.


Perhaps the most amazing thing about this film is that the sound is so well done, yet the whole film was recorded in mono. (Read: One track). The sound comes at you, relentlessly, from all sides, just like the sea around the small island they inhabit.


As for the story, the first hour of the film is interesting, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is entertaining. After that it completely implodes into a weird mess of a film with no chance of anyone figuring out what is real and what are hallucinations from a completely untrustworthy narrator.


I'm sure there is some brilliant explanation for all of the happenings in the story, but for me, a film needs to give the viewer the keys to figuring everything out. If we aren't given the key then the story is nothing but a confusing mess. And frankly, if the writer and director don't care enough about the audience to help them understand the full story then I don't care enough to go online and research what it is all about.


This is very much an art-house film. If you only see a few movies a year, this is not the film for you. This is for people that like to think of themselves as movie snobs. It has moments of brilliance, but overall it is an average film at best.


Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: September 6, 2019

Director: Andy Muschetti

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgard

Plot: The Losers return to the little town of Derry 27 years after the events that changed their lives because strange events are happening again



Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters



If you haven't seen the first movie stop reading now. You absolutely have to see the first film for anything in this movie to make sense. For those of you that have already seen the first movie, get ready for a crazy ride.


Okay, so, I need you to see this movie right away because we need to talk. There is so much going on in this nearly 3-hour freak-fest that we all will need people to help us just to figure out what is going on and why. 


While this movie isn't quite as good as the first one, it is still an excellent film. It takes a bit to figure out who the characters are, but once they start weaving together the kids' lives with their respective adults everything falls into place and feels right. All of the adult actors do a masterful job at keeping the vital parts of their characters created by the kids. By the end it almost feels like the kids really grew up into these adults. 


As for the story, it is filled with grotesque creatures, horrific imagery, and high levels of suspense. It is also incredibly funny. And even though the movie is just shy of three hours long it never feels like it is dragging. It probably could have been better with another 20 or so minutes cut out of it, but it is fine just the way it is. 


There are several scenes that are quite confusing because there are a lot of flashbacks and hallucinations. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out what is "real" and what is happening in the character's head. And there are a couple of scenes where you will be left scratching your head trying to figure out what just happened. (This is why we need to talk).


As far as horror films go, this series is at the very top of the game. If you enjoyed the first one, you have to see this one. It will give you a satisfying ending to the twisted tale.  

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: August 21, 2019

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny

Plot: A newlywed finds out her new in-laws are a murderous bunch of crazies



Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters




There is a fine line when a horror film tries to be quirky and funny at the same time. Most horror flicks don't get it right. This one gets it close enough to right to make it fun and entertaining.


In fact, this may be my favorite horror film to come along since IT hit the big screen. (Although HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U was really good, too).


It takes a few minutes for this movie to hit it's stride. At the beginning it feels like the pacing, the actors, and even the music aren't quite in sync, but after the first 15 minutes everything falls into place and from then on it is a wild and bloody ride to the end. 


The film is full of a lot of fun characters. Some of them are a little much for the feel of the movie, but most of them are spot on. Samara Weaving is outstanding in her role as the vulnerable, unknowing, hero. You really feel for her as she gets caught up in the high stakes game, and begins to understand all of the insanity around her. Her transformation feels real. 


This movie reminded me a lot of the old movie CLUE. It has the same feel and a similar comedic level, but this film takes the killing and gore to a place way beyond CLUE ever thought about going.


If you love horror flicks, this one is a must-see.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: August 16, 2019

Director: Johannes Roberts

Stars: Sophie Nelisse, Sistine Stallone, Brianne Tju, Corinne Foxx

Plot: Four girls find themselves trapped in an underwater, shark-infested, cave



Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee



If you saw the first film in this franchise you know that the ending made most people throw their leftover popcorn at the screen. Thankfully, the makers of this movie learned their lesson and didn't give us a terrible ending. 


This flick is not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it does exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you feel lost, claustrophobic, and panicked, and then the sharks show up and scare you half to death. This isn't a movie for people that like to think about plot, or examine why someone is doing something so stupid instead of doing the obvious thing. This is a movie where you grab a huge bucket of popcorn, throw out all thoughts of science and logic, and enjoy the heck out of zombie sharks chasing people through an underground cave. 


Critically speaking this movie is terrible. There isn't a story, there are no character arcs, the effects are bad, and the script is worse. But from the standpoint of wanting to see sharks eat humans, this is 90 minutes of greatness. 


There is nothing about this film that is going to rock your world or make you think about it long after you've seen it. It's nothing more than a decent film made to creep you out and make you never want to scuba dive ever again. 


Try not to think at all while watching this movie and you'll have a great time. 

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: Andre Ovredal

Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Plot: A group pf teens find a book in a suspected haunted house, and the stories inside the book begin to come true



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release



This is about as middle-of-the-road horror flick as you can get. It's not overly scary, it's not mind-numbingly stupid, but it also never really goes anywhere innovative or exciting. It just sort of happens. 


It feels like a lot of the cast and crew were just going through the motions while making this movie. There are several scenes that are shot poorly, or have bad acting, or terrible lighting. The characters aren't very compelling, in fact it is pretty difficult to care about any of them. And the scary figures are more laughable than creepy.


There are a couple of suspenseful moments, and there is one interesting twist that happens, but it is never explained. If they had expanded on that twist some more this could have been a much better film. 


This one is okay, but it isn't worth theater money. Save that for films like IT CHAPTER 2 (which will hopefully be as good as the first one). This film will be fine to see on your computer screen a couple of months from now.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: July 3, 2019

Director: Ari Aster

Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper

Plot: A couple travels to Sweden for a mid-summer festival, but the festivities are much darker than they could have ever imagined



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it



Two and a half hours. 150 minutes. 10% of an entire day. That is how long this insane horror flick is. Another way to put it is about 60 minutes longer than any horror film should ever be. That isn't to say that this is a bad movie. In some respects it is a masterpiece. But for the average movie-goer, this is a psychotic, weird, waste of time.


This film uses light as it's main theme. And just like THE SHINING, this movie is filled with horrific things that you get to see in all of their hellish glory because the lights are always on. Some of the images would be much better off being in the shadows, but there is no such luck for us or the trapped stars of the film.


This is a true horror film, meaning that is isn't necessarily a scary movie, but it is filled with horrifying images and moments. From the first minute where the film starts to take a dark turn it never lets you rest until the lights turn on in the theater. The creepiness factor continues to rise throughout the film until it climaxes in a moment of true terror. 


This is not a movie for everyone. In fact, it is a movie for very few people. Basically, the only people that are going to "enjoy" (and I put that word in quotes on purpose, because nobody is really going to enjoy this film), are high brow, high art film lovers, and those that really like strange and grotesque horror films over the typical slasher films we see all the time. If you don't fall into one of those two categories, go ahead and skip this movie. You'll just be annoyed later on when you hate it and you are trying to get your money back after walking out a hour into it.


As I walked out of the theater I was thinking, "that was a wild movie that I never want to see again." Then I heard a woman talking with her friends and she said, "If anyone is thinking about seeing that movie, they shouldn't. That was awful." I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of conversations just like that all weekend long. 

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: June 26, 2019

Director: Gary Dauberman

Stars: Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Vera Farmiga

Plot: A girl unwittingly releases the evils the Warrens have locked away in a room of horrors



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release



Since 2013 we have seen half a dozen films hit the theater in the CONJURING universe. The CONJURING films were flat out terrifying. ANNABELLE: CREATION was pretty good and very scary. The rest have been below average to terrible. This one falls in the "below average" category. 


One of the things that made the CONJURING films so horrifying is that they were based in the real life accounts of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Now, it seems like the film studio has decided to expand the universe in a much less realistic way, but probably one that is more commercial. 


This film essentially takes parts from several of the Warren accounts, puts them all together, and allows one ridiculously stupid teenager to unleash the demons of hell locked within by doing something ridiculous and stupid. 


Is this movie scary? a degree. It's more of a jump scare movie than anything really terrifying. That said, it does have a couple of moments that are very creepy and done well. 


Is this a good movie? Nope...not even close. It's stupid people doing stupid things instead of smart people doing the smart thing and still winding up in trouble. 


If you want a couple of scares this movie will satisfy, but this isn't one that is going to be in the top 10 of anyone's horror list. 


Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: June 21, 2019

Director: Lars Klevberg

Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry

Plot: A mother gives her son a gift, but there is more to the doll than they bargained for



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it



When the original CHILD'S PLAY came out in 1988 it was new, creative, and unique. It wasn't a great film, but at least it was something we hadn't seen before. Fast forward 31 years and we get a reboot that feels old, unimaginative, and tired. There have been so many possessed doll movies, (including another one that comes out in theaters next week), that the whole concept has become cliche.


Even with the modern day updates this isn't a scary movie in any way. It does get a little creepy and a lot gory, but never scary. This is much more of a slasher flick than something that could be considered horror.


The only saving grace in the whole movie is Brian Tyree Henry. Without him as the funny detective this movie would be useless. Usually Aubrey Plaza steals the show, but her character was given nothing to work with making me wonder why she was wasted in this role. 


If you need to be scared by a doll, wait a week for ANNABELLE COMES HOME, because the only thing scary about CHILD'S PLAY is how much you will pay to see a bad movie. 


Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover

Plot: A small, quiet town turns into the epicenter of the zombie apocalypse



Clint Says:


Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it



I am a huge fan of zombie apocalypse flicks. Movies like ZOMBIELAND, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE are films that I could just about watch on repeat. Therefore, I was annoyingly excited when I saw the trailer for this movie. The plot, the cast, the music, what could possibly go wrong? I told everybody who was listening to watch the trailer, and when I had YouTube readily available I would make them watch it with me. (Hence the "annoying" part.)


Then I saw the movie.


*Does THE PRICE IS RIGHT loser sound*


Oh, how I wish I could get that time back. Oh, how I wish this movie had been so much better. Oh, how I wish this movie was even slightly good.


It's not.


The overarching emotion shared by all characters from the opening moment to the end credits was "MEH". There were shockingly few moments where anyone did anything with any sort of passion or energy. The whole thing just rolls along on a very slow, very even path.


The whole film is slow and repetitive. One example being three people see the same thing at different times, then they all have the exact same conversation. It has the potential to be funny, but for the most part it is just annoying because it is so slow.


Finally, this movie is very meta. If you aren't sure what that means, basically it means that the movie is self aware that it is a movie. (Like the scene in SPACEBALLS where they are watching the VHS version of the movie to see where the Princess is going). If you like that kind of thing, there are a couple of moments that will have you laughing hard. If you hate that kind of humor, be prepared to be severely annoyed.


If you want to see an amazing version of this film, just watch the trailer and be happy. If you are unlucky enough to see the full length version, you'll be wishing zombies were real and would eat your brain about 40 minutes in.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Director: Tate Taylor

Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

Plot: A single woman allows high schoolers to party at her house, but her plans aren't as innocent as they seem



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release



This film is classified as a horror film, but don't let that fool you into thinking this is some ridiculous teen slasher film. It's not. It actually fits more into the original style of horror films where the things that happen are horrific, not necessarily scary. In fact, there are very few scares in this movie, and the ones that are there are forced and useless.


I was excited for this movie when I saw the trailer. It looked like it was going to be smart and creepy. It delivers on the creepy, but not so much on the smart. It tries to be smart, but it misses the mark. The pivotal moment, which plays out in flashback throughout the movie so we just get little bits of it until the climax of the film, is terrible, but it isn't something that would cause the mayhem we see in this film.


The acting is slightly better than we see in typical horror films, but it isn't anything special. The plot is fine, for the most part, but it could easily have been more compelling and believable. And the pacing is all over the place, causing this 90-minute movie to feel a lot longer.


If you are in the mood to be creeped out, this movie will get you there. However, it isn't a movie that you will remember a few months from now. It's one of those films that is okay to see once and then forget about it almost as soon as you finish it.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Director: David Yarovesky

Stars: Jackson Dunn, Elizabeth Banks, David Denman

Plot: A boy from another world discovers he has incredible superpowers, and decides to use them for evil purposes



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release



We've all been in someone's life as they are going through puberty. Whether it was our own awkward change, or the metamorphosis of one of our children, puberty is a mess. 


This movie is essentially about a kid with the worst puberty rage ever. 


I was really looking forward to this movie because the trailer made it look unique and smart. Unfortunately, it falls in line with the formula of most horror flicks, and it never tells us what happened and why. 


It almost feels like the studio is trying to set us up for a series of films about the Avengers, only on opposite day. Unfortunately, this movie was so blah that I don't even care to do the research to see if more are going to be made. 


The film does have some good suspense, and some scary moments. It is also filled with very gory scenes, so if you have a weak stomach you should stay away from this one. 


There isn't anything in this movie that is exciting or compelling enough for me to recommend you see it. It's basically a poorly told, half-horror, half comic-book film that will be forgotten in a few weeks.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: April 19, 2019

Director: Michael Chaves

Stars: Linda Cardellini, Marisol Ramirez, Raymond Cruz

Plot: Several families are terrorized by an evil ghost that craves children



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release



The trailers for this film looked terrifying, and when I found out it was tangentially related to the CONJURING world ,and done by the same people, I was eagerly anticipating it.


Then I saw it.


Does it have a few scares and jumps and bumps? Yes. Will it terrify you to the point that you don't want to sleep alone? Not even close.


The scariest thing about this movie may be the clothes, because the whole thing is set in 1973. And we all know how horrifying 70's fashion was.


The film is only 90 minutes long, but because it is filled with tired cliches, drawn out scenes trying to build tension, and creepy people in creepy churches telling ghost stories that go on forever, it feels like this movie is more like 2 1/2 hours long.


Once you throw on top of that all of the insanely stupid things the characters do that nobody in real life would do, you end up with a pretty lame movie.


One good thing though is that the kid actors are great. The exorcist...not so much. He sounds like a Spanish-speaking Keanu Reeves.  It is very odd to watch.


This flick will give you a couple of good scares, but that's about it. The other 87 minutes are pretty much a waste of your time and money.


Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence

Plot: A family moves to rural Maine for a slower life, but they soon find out there is evil lurking on their land



Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee



When it comes to the Horror genre there is no greater name than Stephen King. That said, several of his movie adaptations have been pretty bad. Then last year we got the gift of an extraordinary film in IT. I was hoping this movie would be just as good. 


It isn't...but it is still a decent flick.


John Lithgow does a great job of carrying the secrets of the movie with him. But the young girl, Jete Laurence, steals the show. She is sweet, charming, terrifying, and horrible. Without her acting abilities the film wouldn't have been nearly as good as it is. 


The movie is extremely creepy. It isn't overly scary, but you'll feel the chills while you are watching it. In fact, there are very few scares in the main storyline. They had to use a secondary plotline, that has nothing to do with advancing the main story, just to give us enough scares so we would think we got our money's worth. At least they didn't resort to lame jump scare tactics. 


This is not a movie for Horror novices. There is a lot of gore and other creepy factors that will turn stomachs and heads. If you like Horror flicks, you should give this one a shot. If nothing else you'll be creeped out for a good hour. 

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: March 22, 2019

Director: Jordan Peele

Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex

Plot: A family's life is put in jeopardy when dangerous people that look just like them begin to terrorize them



Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee



GET OUT was one of my favorite films from 2017. Because of that I was really looking forward to the second horror flick from Jordan Peele. Maybe I was looking forward to it a little too much. As the credits began rolling at the end of my screening of US, I sat in silence trying to figure out what I had just witnessed.


At first I thought it was just me. I thought I must have missed something. Then, slowly, I began to notice other people around me with the same puzzled look on their faces. Finally, one man spoke what I think most of us were feeling, "I am so confused. What the BLEEP was that!?"


After a few days of letting the film sink into my brain I've come to these conclusions:


1. I liked the movie. I didn't love it, but it was suspenseful and crazy enough to keep me interested and engaged even though I wasn't sure what was happening.


2. It's Jordan Peele's fault that we were confused, not the audience. At the end of GET OUT we all got it. All of the nuance and symbolism, all of the thematic elements and the overall plot made sense. A good writer makes sure you don't have to be the smartest person in the room in order to understand what the film is about. Peele failed to accomplish this task in US.


3. Lupita Nyong'o is one of the best actors in Hollywood today.


4. There is a lot more to this film than I got in one viewing. I have theories about the underlying themes of the movie, but I will need to see it again before I am willing to talk about those in public.


I wish I could be as excited about recommending this movie as I was for GET OUT, but it is too confusing, and therefore not as good as Peele's first film. If you are going to see this in theaters, try to pay matinee prices, otherwise you might feel like it wasn't worth it.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Director: Gaspar Noe

Stars: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile

Plot: A dance troupe parties after a rehearsal, but chaos breaks out when it it discovered that the sangria is laced with LSD.



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it



This is the kind of movie that is made for people that like strange movies. If you are the kind of person who sees three or four movies a year then this is a film you should skip.


For those of you that like the weird, odd, and totally insane flicks that hit theaters, this one takes crazy to an insane new level. Imagine your prom afterparty turning into a murderous, psychotic horror fest. That is exactly what you get with CLIMAX.


The film is directed in a way that makes you feel like you are tripping on acid along with the characters. There are scenes that go on way too long where you find yourself begging to get away, but you can't. The whole movie is set to an overly loud and driving techno beat that bores into your head. There are scenes shot in ways that are not naturally appealing so your brain works overtime to try to reconcile what it is seeing, but with no luck. By the time the film ends you, like all of the other characters are mentally, and in some ways, physically exhausted.


There is no way in could ever recommend this film to 98% of the people I know or that read my reviews. It's just too much, and also not enough when it comes to plot, to keep the average movie-goer engaged or entertained. Must people will be completely turned off by this work in less than 15 minutes.


For the 2% that crave the insanely weird, CLIMAX will give you what you want, but it may give you more than you bargained for.


Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 14, 2019

Director: Christopher Landon

Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Rachel Matthews

Plot: Tree is unwillingly pulled back into the time loop that trapped her before, but this time she knows why and has to figure everything out to end the cycle before she is gone forever



Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now




The first film in this franchise was a thrilling surprise. It's not exactly a horror film in the truest sense of the genre, but it is one of my favorite horror films of all time.


And this one is even better.


Yes, you read that right. The sequel is better than the original. It is so much fun, and smart, and scientifically nerdtastic all the way through. The characters are great, the acting is way above average for a horror flick, and the story is compelling and exciting enough to keep the viewer engaged.


The story is filled with a lot of twists and turns, funny moments, surprising character depth and emotion, and suspense. You can try to figure out the twists, but I'll be surprised if anyone figures it out before the big reveal. (Even though there are plenty of hints).


This is much more of a comedy/mystery/suspense film than a true horror flick. So, if you aren't into the horror genre, it's okay, you can still see this one, because it really isn't that scary at all. I do highly recommend seeing the first film in the franchise before you go to this one. There are a lot of inside jokes that will only be funny if you see them in order.


For horror fans, and fans of the first film, this is a must see movie.

Posted by on in Movie Reviews


Rated: R

Release Date: February 8, 2019

Director: Nicholas McCarthy

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Colm Feore

Plot: A young boy shows signs of being a genius, but there is also a dark side to his gift



Clint Says: Wait for the digital release



This isn't a great horror flick by any stretch of the imagination. The good news is that it isn't terrible either. If you are in the mood to be scared, this film will satisfy.


The best part of this movie is that it doesn't rely on jump scares, the story is creepy enough to tingle your spine. It could stand to be a little bit scarier, but it's better than average when it comes to the creepiness factor.


There are two big issues with this movie. The first is that they use a lot of conveniences to get through the story. They introduce a certain sciency plot point, but then they alter the science behind it several times to keep the story moving forward. The second is that the big reveal is so obvious that you'll be pretty annoyed that it takes the hero so long to figure it out. It can't even really be considered a twist because it seems so obvious to everyone except the people in the movie.


The good news is these issues can be somewhat ignored and the movie can still be enjoyed on some level. I don't think this movie is worth the price of a theater ticket, but it is one worth seeing on your couch with all of the lights off.