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HALLOWEEN KILLS
Rated: R
Release Date: October 15, 2021
Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Andi Matichak
Plot: Somehow Michael Myers escapes an inferno and continues his murderous rampage across town
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 

 

This second film (of a planned trilogy), is as bad of a horror flick as I have seen in a long time. It's both surprising and disappointing, because the first one almost good. While the 2018 opener was not much more than a slasher flick, at least it had some semblance of a plot. This one is nothing more than odd "flashbacks" and gruesome, but oddly silly, killing vignettes.
 
Typically dialogue doesn't really make an impact in a horror flick. You know what is going on, and the lines used are the necessary vessels to get the plot to the end. Very rarely does anyone find flowing prose coming from the mouth of a stumbling co-ed or a slow-walking bad guy. But the dialogue in this film is so mind-numbingly stupid, that even the most forgiving of horror fans will have to admit this script must have taken about 2 hours to write. 
 
In fact, the script is so bad I feel it necessary to warn you, do not play a drinking game with the phrases, "he's been terrorizing this town for 40 years," or, "evil dies tonight." If you do you will have alcohol poisoning 40 minutes into the movie. (And that's only about half of the mentions that happen before the end credits).
 
Another thing that makes this movie so bad is that the main character has almost zero to do with the plot. Basically, Jamie Lee Curtis spends the entire movie in a hospital bed while all of the action happens elsewhere. It's a very strange (non) use of the top-billed star. 
 
This movie is so bad that there is no reason why you should see it in theaters. In fact, there would be no reason for you to go to the big screen even if it was good, because they released this on the same day on Peacock with no additional fee. So, even if you don't subscribe to Peacock, you could do a trial and watch this for free. But I'm telling you right now, it's not even worth the time it takes to set up a free trial account. 
 
Let's all hope that the third film will finally redeem this franchise. But just like people always believing Michael Myers is dead, I'm not betting on it. 
 
 

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CANDYMAN
Rated: R
Release Date: August 27, 2021
Director: Nia DaCosta
Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo
Plot: An artist hears a story about the Candyman, and ends up bringing him back to life
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Welp, it looks like the Summer blockbuster season is going out with a whimper. (Unless Shang-Chi, is amazing enough to save all of August). This month has seen only a few wide release films, and most of them have been average at best. Candyman is no different. 
 
The one good part of Candyman is its social commentary. It had a social point it wanted to convey, and it does it well. 
 
Aside from that, the rest of the movie is a slow, non-scary, horror flick that is sometimes confusing but mostly just boring. The pacing is all over the place. You'll have once scene that barely moves the plot forward, but it lasts a seemingly long time. Then you'll have a scene pivotal to the whole story and it passes by in a flash. 
 
The emotional arc of the film is nearly flat. There are very few relief moments. It starts out dark and dreary and basically stays on that level for the full 90 minutes. 
 
The character arcs aren't any better. There wasn't a single character that jumped out as someone you could cheer on. 
 
This is also one of the least scary horror flicks I've seen in a while. The buildup to the scary scenes is always the same. The outcome is always the same. The method is always the same. There isn't any deviation to scare you from a different direction. 
 
If you want to see this movie, I would suggest waiting for the digital release. It's not worth the time or the money to see it in the theater. 
 

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OLD
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff
Plot: A group of vacationers travel to a private beach only to find that time does not work the same way there
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

Congratulations, M. Night Shyamalan. You finally made an average movie.
 
Up to this point Shyamalan has made either outstanding films like The Sixth Sense, or piles of cinematic junk like The Happening. He's made close to 20 films over his career. None of which I could say are just okay...until now. 
 
The main issue with this film is that we all already know the "Shyamalan twist" is coming. And if you've seen the trailer, you literally know everything that happens in the movie up until the twist. So, basically, you have to sit through an hour and 25 minutes of the drama of people getting old really fast in order to get to the five minutes of the movie that actually matter. 
 
Now, as for those last five minutes, they are very interesting. You'll spend the entire movie feeling that what is happening to the people on the beach is horrible, but after the reveal you'll be questioning your own thoughts and saying things like, "that makes perfect sense and I don't know if this is a bad thing. In fact, this might be a great thing."
 
It is really too bad that such an amazing premise and twist gets lost in a slow and almost boring film. You'd be better off watching this where you can control time yourself by fast forwarding through all of the stuff you find boring and getting to the twist when you want to get there. It's somewhat ironic that the best way to watch a movie about altering time is to do it by altering time, maybe that's the real "Shyamalan twist" to this film.  

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THE FOREVER PURGE
Rated: R
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Director: Everardo Gout
Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Will Patton, Cassidy Freeman
Plot: A group of people decide the purge shouldn't stop after 12 hours
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

 

Based on the first film, it's hard to believe that this franchise has lasted for five films, but thanks to the end of the second film and all of the third and fourth films this has turned into a solid and compelling series. 

 

One of the best aspects of these movies is their cultural relevance. They take current political situations, squeeze them out to the extreme and force you to answer some difficult questions. I'm sure there are some that will find this film offensive with some of the questions it poses, but most people will find it inventive and inquisitive to a degree, but it isn't nearly as good as the best Purge films. 
 
Out of the five films, I would rank this one right in the middle. It's not great, it's not terrible, it does just enough to keep the story alive and somewhat interesting, but it isn't good enough to make me want a sixth one.
 
This is a movie that is worth seeing once, but not right now. Give it a few months until it is streaming on some service and watch it then. 
 

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A QUIET PLACE PART II
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Director: John Krasinski
Stars: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe
Plot: Now that they know how to defeat the aliens, they must travel through treacherous lands to get the information out to the world
 
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
 
 
John Krasinski is my Hollywood hero. He took a fantastic story, added another dimension to it, and gave us another smart, terrifying, and suspenseful film. And what's even better about this movie is that he fixes the one, big complaint that most of us had about the first film. We finally get to see how the whole thing started.
 
If you have not seen the first movie, it is a must watch. Not only because it is so good, but because this one assumes you already know everything from the first film. If you try to watch this one without having seen the first you will be thoroughly lost and confused. 
 
While the first film focuses almost solely on the Abbott family, the second one expands their world and introduces us to several new characters. The sequel hones in on the nature of man and how, when a catastrophe upends everything, some people turn to good while others turn to bad.
 
Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds are fantastic once again. They have an incredible ability to make you feel the suspense they are experiencing. The rest of the cast does good enough to keep you in the story the whole time. 
 
One impressive aspect of this film is how Krasinski created three parallel story lines that move along simultaneously. If you pay attention you will see the similarities as the movie cuts from one scene to the next. It is a powerful storytelling technique that Krasinski uses to perfection. 
 
If you've already seen the first film, get to a theater immediately and see this sequel. If you haven't seen the first one, stop everything, watch it right now, and then get to the theater for the second one. You will not be disappointed.  

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SPIRAL
Rated: R
Release Date: May 14, 2021
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Stars: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella
Plot: A Jigsaw copycat killer is focusing his attention on a specific police precinct, and it's up to one detective to find out who is behind it all
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
Here we go. Another comedian taking his turn as a homicide detective. This time it is Chris Rock, and while he does a pretty decent job of making the jump out of comedy, there are several scenes where he really oversells it. 
 
This is another in the long line of horror flicks in the Saw franchise. As with most of the others, it does a good job of focusing on an aspect of social commentary, but it is also filled with clich├ęs, cringey dialogue, and one-dimensional characters. 
 
The worst part of this film is that I figured out the whole thing about 15 minutes into the movie. From then on it was just waiting to be proven right. Sure, they try to throw in a few twists and turns, but the real story is way too obvious.
 
If you are hoping to be terrified, this film will not get you there. This is more of a slow burn horror flick. Yes, it has a couple of nasty slasher moments, but it isn't really a jump scare kind of flick. 
 
This isn't going to be on anyone's top 10 list this year, but it isn't terrible either. If you need a few scares with a few funny lines thrown in from Chris Rock, then give this one a shot. Otherwise, you aren't missing anything by skipping this film. 

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FREAKY
Rated: R
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: Christopher Landon
Stars: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn
Plot: A girl switches bodies with a serial killer and has only 24 hours to change back before it's permanent
 
Clint Says: Worth it if you are a fan of slasher flicks
 

 

Do you remember the Disney Freaky Friday films and all of the other body-switch movies that have come out over the last 40 years? Well, don't mistake this one for the slightly dramatic, but mostly comedic Lindsey Lohan-led plotline. This one is a straight up, gory, slasher flick. 
 
Sure it has several comedic moments with Vince Vaughn pretending to be a teenage girl, but this is a horror flick before anything else. And here is the good news, as far as slasher flicks go, this one is better than most. Yes, it still has stupid people doing stupid things and more plot holes than swiss cheese, but it is also filled with wild scares, creepy chases, and epically gross, yet mysteriously entertaining kill scenes. (Oh, don't get all high and mighty on me...you know you love it when the idiot jerk gets what's coming to them.)
 
Vince Vaughn does a great job essentially playing two roles in this one. It's great to see him play something other than the big, goofy guy. He pulls off the serious role of a deranged serial killer with masterful ease. And Kathryn Newton does the same going from awkward teen to complete psycho. 
 
This is one of those films that is purely entertaining. It offers nothing to stimulate your brain or to manipulate your emotions. 
 
If you like scary flicks filled with blood and gore, check your brain at the door and have a blast watching this one. 

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THE EMPTY MAN
Rated: R
Release Date: October 23, 2020
Director: David Prior
Stars: James Badge Dale, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Marin Ireland
Plot: A group finds out how to summon an evil entity and things take a bad turn
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 

 

It must be near the end of October. Why? Because even in the middle of a pandemic Hollywood still manages to push out bad horror flicks. (That, and I looked at the calendar just before I wrote this).
 
While this is not your typical, do-something-stupid, make-all-the-wrong-choices, the-person-acting-like-a-jerk-is-about-to-die horror flick, it tries to be smart and moody, but it just falls flat. 
 
What makes this one worse than most is that it is nearly a full hour longer than the average horror flick. Most of them clock in at 80 or 90 minutes. Sometimes they push an hour and 45 minutes. But this one drags on for a full 2 hours and 17 minutes! That's like 3 years in horror flick time. Trust me, nobody's got time for that.
 
If you are desperate to get out of the house and see a new horror flick for the Halloween season, this is pretty much your only option. I wish it was better, but we don't always get what we wish for...even if we blow into an empty bottle and chant for it. 
 
I have a feeling that The Empty Man is going to be playing to a lot of empty theaters. 

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SHORTCUT

Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Director: Alessio Liguori
Stars: Jack Kane, Zak Sutcliffe, Sophie Jane Oliver, Zander Emlano
Plot: A group of students are trapped on their school bus when they are attacked by an evil creature
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 
When a feature film clocks in at 80 minutes you can be assured of one of two things. It is either going to be jam-packed with action and suspense, or it should have been a short film that got stretched into an 80-minute film with 30 minutes of fluff. 
 
SHORTCUT is jam-packed with fluff. 
 
To put it in perspective, the opening credits, (where nothing happens), are four minutes long. The end credits are 6 1/2 minutes long. Ladies and gentlemen, that makes up nearly 15% of the film's total running time! Add to that several slow-moving and long montage scenes and half of the film is knocked out. 
 
I will say that the other half of the movie is really suspenseful and "horror flick fun". This is not a film that you can take seriously at all, but if you are willing to suspend all disbelief you'll have a good time with it. 
 
The climactic scene is riotously funny. It's not supposed to be, but it is. I don't want to give away anything, but let's just say that the Paul Reuben's (Pee Wee Herman) death scene in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER may have lost its crown as the funniest on-screen death in cinematic history.
 
If you like laughing at horror flicks, this one is a must-see movie. If you are hoping to experience cinematic excellence, this is not the film for you. 

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SPUTNIK
Rated: Unrated
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Director: Egor Abramenko
Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov
Plot: A psychologist is tasked with finding out the issues with a cosmonaut that has just returned from space, however his problems are way beyond her area of expertise 
 
Clint Says: Too slow and tame for a horror/thriller flick, watch something else
 
 
Streaming on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
 
Sitting at home and watching a good horror flick can be fun. Sitting at home and watching a bad horror flick can be a dreadful experience. 
 
SPUTNIK leans much more towards dreadful than fun. 
 
First off, this film is a slow burn. It takes forever to get to the horror part, and by the time it finally got there I was so bored that I didn't really care anymore. I just wanted it to end. 
 
What is sad is that they explain all of the horrific things that happened off camera. Hello? This is a HORROR FLICK!!! Show the horror!!! This could have been so scary that you would leave it streaming while you went to the bathroom just to get it over with. Instead, you'll end up leaving it streaming while you go to the bathroom and then grab a snack before you stroll back to your computer because the flick is boring you that much. 
 
The more I think about this movie the less I like it. The premise is silly, the on-screen story is dull, and the outcome is preposterous. There isn't enough suspension if disbelief in the world to overcome the things the characters are doing that nobody would ever do. 
 
We are coming up on Halloween, I'm sure there will be other horror flicks way better than this one. So save your time and money for those.   
 

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THE INVISIBLE MAN

Rated: R

Release Date: February 28, 2020

Director: Leigh Whannell

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Plot: A woman tries to convince everyone that her abusive, ex-boyfriend is invisible and attacking her

Trailer

 

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

 

 

There is a huge debate in the monster movie geekdom over whether this movie is a new reboot of Universal's Dark Universe, if it is a continuation of the Dark Universe, or if the Dark Universe is dead and this is just another monster movie put out there by Universal Studios with no affiliation to any of their other monster movies.

 

They can have that argument all day long. What I know to be true is that this is the first of the four monster movies, (THE WOLFMAN, DRACULA UNTOLD, THE MUMMY, and THE INVISIBLE MAN), that is actually good.

 

This film is filled with high suspense, a compelling story, great acting, and good pacing. The first 10 minutes will have you on the edge of your seat and having to remind yourself to breathe. And the suspense builds from there. 

 

Another fascinating aspect of this film is the use of camera movement to build suspense even when there is nothing on the screen except the set. It feels like you are following the invisible man, or waiting for him to appear at any moment. Also, kudos to the actors that had to do fight scenes with nobody. It is very difficult to flail around by yourself and not have it look completely ridiculous, but they managed to pull it off very well. 

 

If you like suspense and a few good jump scares, you need to see this movie right away. This has the potential to be one of the best horror films of the year. 

 

It's scary and smart. Very few horror films can claim both of those things. This one can.

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BRAHMS: THE BOY II

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 21, 2020

Director: William Brent Bell

Stars: Katie Holmes, Christopher Convery, Owain Yeoman

Plot: A family is terrorized by a creepy-looking doll

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

I am so bummed that this movie is such a bust. When I saw the trailer for the first movie in this franchise I thought it looked kind of silly, but then I saw the movie and was blown away at how scary it was and how amazing the twist at the end was. I never saw it coming, and it was fantastic.

 

This second installment basically takes the awesome ending of the first, crumples it up, tosses it in the trash, and goes full tilt towards the ridiculous. Instead of leaving it alone, or working to come up with a plot that tied in well to the first film, the studio just went with a mind-numbingly stupid script in order to do a quick cash grab. 

 

Everything about this film is bad. The acting is cringe-worthy, the dialogue is boring and predictable, and in nearly 90 minutes I was scared maybe two times. The whole premise of this movie is utterly useless, and not even remotely worth your time or money. If you want to see a great horror flick, rent THE BOY. Now, that is how a horror movie should be.

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FANTASY ISLAND

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 14, 2020

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Stars: Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Michael Pena, Ryan Hansen

Plot: Several people arrive on a mysterious island to live out a fantasy, but their fantasies don't always turn out the way they want

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was excited to see a reboot of one of the most nostalgic TV shows ever. Then I saw how it twisted the tale into a horror flick and I was even more excited.

 

The great news is that, even as excited as I was to see this movie, I didn't walk out disappointed. Horror films rarely live up to the hype or to the excitement of the trailer. This one does. It's filled with fun moments, a compelling story, and several great twists. 

 

The only downside is that there is very little horror in this film. The scares and chills are few, but at least the writer and director didn't try to fill it up with silly nonsense just to get a few more jump scares into the mix. They let the story breathe, and in doing so, gave us a fun, and somewhat terrifying film that will make you stick to your soft, Corinthian Leather movie seats. (That's a joke from the 1970's...if you don't get it, ask your parents).

 

There isn't a lot about this movie that is noteworthy. It's not a great horror flick, it doesn't have amazing acting, nor does it dazzle the senses with its style, however it is just good enough to make it worth seeing if you are a fan of the horror genre.

 

For those of you old enough to remember the television series, there are several call-backs and Easter eggs that will keep you entertained throughout the film. 

 

This isn't a movie that is going to win a ton of awards, but it is one that is worth a night out with friends. So, take a trip to Fantasy Island, you might enjoy your stay.

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GRETEL AND HANSEL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Director: Osgood Perkins

Stars: Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey, Alice Krige

Plot: Two children, lost in the woods, come upon a darkness that is bent on destroying them

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

 

Most of us have heard the story of Hansel and Gretel. And now it gets a Hollywood treatment worthy of the terrifying essence of the tale. Sure, we would laugh about the witch getting the kids fat, and the way they outsmart her, but the reality is, the story is horrific.

 

While this film isn't your typical horror flick, it is better than most. It's a slow burn that builds well, and leads us to an original and twisted end. The movie is significantly more creepy than is it scary. Yes, it has a few moments that will make you jump, but for the most part it's all about making your skin crawl. 

 

It is a strikingly beautiful film. Every scene is built with impressive imagery and purpose. There is a symmetrical look to the film that is satisfying, but also unsettling. Each scene makes you feel like you should enjoy what you are seeing, yet there is a sense of foreboding that is continuously present.

 

The acting is superb, especially for the horror genre. Sophia Lillis, (IT and NANCY DREW), is fantastic in the lead role. She carries the story like a seasoned professional even though she is still in her teens. The rest of the cast do fine jobs in keeping the story moving forward. 

 

If you are a fan of dark fairy tales, this film is worth your time and money. 

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THE TURNING

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 24, 2020

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince

Plot: A live-in nanny gets more than she bargained for when the job of her dreams turns into a nightmare

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

The first 15 minutes of this movie are dreadfully boring. 

 

And then, it gets worse from there. 

 

The next hour of this terrible cinematic experience is made up of about 45 minutes of the main character slowly walking towards the next jump scare. 

 

And then, it gets worse from there.

 

Yes, it's true. This terrible, horrible, no good, lack-of-story, boring, mockery of the horror genre actually tries to do a u-turn and become this cerebral, artsy-fartsy, deep-thinker piece of cinema. Shockingly, (to no one), it fails miserably at it. Nearly every person that watched this movie with me walked out at the end scratching their heads, and saying, "what was that?"

 

Even if you can figure out the unexplained ending, it doesn't make the movie any better, because none of the reveals at the end matter to the rest of the story as it is told. 

 

The only good thing this film has to offer it that it does have some creepy moments, and a couple of decent scares, but if you want more out of your horror film than to jump once or twice, you'll want to look anywhere else but here.

 

Turn away from THE TURNING.

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THE GRUDGE

Rated: R

Release Date: January 3, 2020

Director: Nicolas Pesce

Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye

Plot: A detective tries to solve a brutal mystery only to find out super-natural forces are plotting against her

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

We aren't even a full week into the new year, yet we already have a solid contender for a top 10 worst film of 2020. 

 

I don't remember the last time I was this bored while watching a horror flick. Sure, I've seen a ton of them that were really bad, but most of them have at least some entertainment value. This one is slow, barely suspenseful, and convoluted.

 

Perhaps the most telling sign that this movie is terrible is that it is only 93 minutes long, but it could have easily had a good 30 minutes taken out of it. The other bad sign is that this movie has been in the works for almost six years. It was written, rewritten, finally filmed in 2018, an then sat on a shelf until it's release now. 

 

Even the jump scares in this movie are useless. Yes, you might have a quick moment or two of fright while watching this, but those fleeting moments won't make up for the majority of the time you'll sit there completely bored.

 

There are a lot of amazing, award-worthy films still in the theaters right now. Spend your money to see one of those. Don't waste your time on this junk. 

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BLACK CHRISTMAS

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

Trailer

 

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.

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DOCTOR SLEEP

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

Trailer

 

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. 

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COUNTDOWN

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

Trailer

 

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.

 

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

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

Trailer

 

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.