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IT CHAPTER 2

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

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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.  

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READY OR NOT

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

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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.

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47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED

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

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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. 

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

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

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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.

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MIDSOMMAR

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

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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. 

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ANNABELLE COMES HOME

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

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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? Yes...to 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. 

 

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CHILD'S PLAY (2019)

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

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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. 

 

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THE DEAD DON'T DIE

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

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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.

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MA

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

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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.

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BRIGHTBURN

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

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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 anti-heroes...like 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.

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THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA

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

Trailer

 

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.

 

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PET SEMATARY

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

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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. 

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US

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

Trailer

 

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.

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CLIMAX

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.

Trailer

 

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.

 

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HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

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

Trailer

 

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.

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THE PRODIGY

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

Trailer

 

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.

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ESCAPE ROOM

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 4, 2019

Director: Adam Robitel

Stars: Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller

Plot: A group of strangers think they are getting ready to try to solve their way out of an escape room, but for them it isn't a game at all

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I was really hoping this would be a suspenseful film with a lot of think-on-your-feet moments. And I was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to that expectation for almost the entire movie. It felt a bit like watching a NATIONAL TREASURE movie, but with a quicker timeline and more violent and immediate chances at death.

 

The acting isn't great, the ending leaves a lot to be desired, (if you were disappointed by the end of THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, expect to be disappointed again), and some of the tasks are just plain silly, but over all it is a fun flick that is worth seeing with your buddies.

 

One of the neat parts of the movie is that you have a chance to figure out some of the clues along with the characters. Another great aspect is that nobody is safe. You aren't ever really sure if the hero is going to make it out alive. Maybe they do, maybe they don't I'm not spoiling the surprise.

 

If you like fast-paced, suspenseful films you should give this one a shot. It's not going to be on anyone's greatest horror flicks list, but it is still good for an entertaining 2 hours. 

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THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE

Rated: R

Release Date: November 30, 2018

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen

Stars: Shay Mitchell, Kirby Johnson, Grey Damon

Plot: A city morgue worker must deal with a demon-possessed corpse

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

This is the time of year when all of the heavy hitters hit the theaters all vying for the top awards in cinematic excellence. It is also the time of year where studios like to drop off some of their terrible flicks in the hopes that the movie you really want to see is sold out, so you end up settling on something you never would have gone to the theater to see.

 

This film will be up for exactly zero awards.

 

There is almost nothing scary about this film. There are a couple of jump scares that are bland at best. The dead girl crawls in a creepy way and makes icky noises when she moves, but there isn't anything really scary about it. In fact, it's more laughable than it is scary.

 

The pacing is terrible as well. The first 30 minutes drags on forever and then when we finally get to the part of the movie that should be scary and interesting the whole thing is over in about 3 minutes.

 

The best part of this movie are the trailers that play before it. There are a couple of horror flicks coming in the next few months that look like they could be good. I wish I had left the theater after the last trailer. My life would be better for it. 

 

Don't waste your time or money on this one. And if you do get pushed into going and the person you go with says they liked it, you should closely examine their life choices. 

 

As with almost every horror flick they set this one up for a sequel. Unless it is called THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH MONTANA you can just go ahead an mark me down as a no-show.

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HALLOWEEN

Rated: R

Release Date: October 19, 2018

Director: David Gordon Green

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton

Plot: Michael Myers escapes from prison and continues his killing ways while he hunts down Laurie Strode 40 years after they first fought

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

It's been 40 years since the iconic horror flick that began this franchise hit theaters. A lot has changed in 40 years. But there are some things that have stayed the same. 

 

This film offers something new and exciting to the franchise, but it isn't up to par with the rest of the horror genre. I was hoping that we would get a smarter, more empowering HALLOWEEN rather than just another slasher flick. What I saw was a fun slasher flick that should have been titled HALLOWEEN: A SERIES OF STUPID CHOICES. 

 

I love it when a crowd gets into it during horror films and starts yelling advice to the characters on the screen. It makes the movie so much more fun. But when the advice over and over again is, "stop doing the stupid thing you are about to do that no sane person on this planet would do," it gets a bit tiresome. It's also not scary or suspenseful when people do the stupid thing. If they do all of the right stuff and still end up in mortal danger, now you've got me interested...and terrified.

 

I was also hoping the stereotypical cute teenage girl would actually be smart and powerful on her own. Instead, she spends the entire movie running and screaming. It was really disappointing to see that her character did nothing to advance the plot. Everything happened to her and her response was weak.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis does a great job in reprising her role as Laurie Strode, but most of the other characters are pretty flat. A few characters are pretty annoying, but that is a typical trope in horror flicks. We can't like the people too much before they die.

 

For fans of the original HALLOWEEN you'll enjoy some of the throwbacks to the first few films. And fans of slasher flicks will be entertained. But if you were hoping the franchise had grown with the times you'll likely be a bit disappointed with the final product.

 

NOTE: If you have the time, stick around until the end of the credits. There isn't necessarily an additional scene, but there is something that happens that will intrigue you...or make you mad.

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GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

Rated: PG

Release Date: October, 12, 2018

Director: Ari Sandel

Stars: Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Plot: A couple of kids accidentally unleash havoc on their town when they find one of R.L. Stine's unfinished manuscripts

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Jack Black is starting to make a name for himself starring in pre-teen horror flicks. He made the first GOOSEBUMPS movie amazing and fun. Unfortunately, he is in this movie for a grand total of about 5 minutes.So, without the main ingredient of awesomeness, this film falls pretty flat.

 

It does have some fun moments, a few scenes that are as close to terrifying as you can get in a PG-rated movie, and a couple of scenes that will be funny for adults. The film flows along at a good pace and the story is mostly interesting. The downside is that the acting is mediocre at best and the special effects are pretty weak. 

 

This feels more like a made-for-TV movie than a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. But in the end, I think that the 8-12 year olds are going to enjoy this film almost as much as they did the first GOOSEBUMPS movie. 

 

I would say though that if you are choosing between this film and THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, choose the latter. It is significantly better than this movie.