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LIGHTS OUT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 22, 2016

Director: David F. Sandberg

Stars: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia

Plot: A dead, and deadly, woman haunts a family because of her connection to the mother

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

 

 

This is one of those horror flicks that, if you can completely check your brain at the door, you will get some good scares from it. However, if you think about the plot, or the circumstances, or the continuity, or the entire premise for even a second you will be disappointed.

 

The entity is truly horrifying, and there are several moments where you will jump out of your seat, but there is nothing in this flick that we haven't seen dozens of times before in the horror genre. With the cost of movie tickets what they are, there is no reason to waste your money on an unoriginal story like this.

 

If you do go see it in theaters, make sure you see it with a large crowd. The crowd interaction with the actors on screen is the best part of the experience.

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THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

Rated: R

Release Date: July 1, 2016

Director: James DeMonaco

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo

Plot: A Presidential candidate against the Purge finds herself on the run during the 12 hours of chaos

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

 

 

This franchise keeps getting better and better. The first film wasn't very good, but the second film gave the series depth and a reason for being. Now, with the third film we see the sinister corruption behind The Purge in full effect. 

 

As with most horror flicks, the acting, for the most part, is passable at best. However, the story is so intriguing and the journey is so intense that it makes up for the lack of good characters. There are very few plot holes or moments of convenience, which is a nice change of pace from most horror films. But then again, this movie isn't like most horror flicks. 

 

This isn't the kind of horror movie that is going to have you jumping out of your seat or feeling a chill down your spine, instead it is a film that is always simmering with a few moments where everything boils over. 

 

If you like horror flicks you'll love this movie. If you like a thought-provoking story, give this film a try. 

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THE CONJURING 2

Rated: R

Release Date: June 10, 2016

Director: James Wan

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe

Plot: Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London to help a family dealing with a very powerful demon

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

 

 

As I've said before, I am not a fan of most horror films because they are typically formulaic, lame, and completely unimaginative with hack gimmicks to make the crowd jump. This movie does not fall into that stereotype at all. This film is legitimately terrifying. 

 

If you are unaware of the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren read up on them and then you'll understand why this movie will make your skin crawl. I literally had chills running up my spine several times during the movie...that never happens to me while watching a horror flick. 

 

What makes this film so good is the realness of the characters' reactions. Sure there are the obligatory, go-down-into-the-dark-basement-alone moments, but most of the time they do what any self-respecting person would do. They run away! (By the way, there are several laugh-out-loud moments in this film). 

 

If you are a fan of horror films, go see this one right away. 

 

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THE DARKNESS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 13, 2016

Director: Greg McLean

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz

Plot: After returning home from a Grand Canyon vacation, a family finds out they brought home more than plastic souvenirs.

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

 

 

If you are looking for a good horror flick for your Friday the 13th weekend look somewhere else. This film should have been named THE DULLNESS. 

Not only is this film dreadfully slow, but it hardly builds to anything at all. Once it finally gets to the real stuff there is only about 5 minutes left in the movie. By that time I was too bored to be scared or care if anyone was in danger. 

It is obvious that the main plot of this movie is paper thin because they added a lot of other issues and problems to the victimized family that have nothing to do with the main problem they are facing. It's quite frustrating having to sit through boring family issues in order to get to a mediocre ghost story.

There is nothing this film offers that makes it worth seeing in theaters. Skip it and save your money for a good horror flick.

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THE WITCH

Rated: R

Release Date: February 19, 2016

Director: Robert Eggers

Stars: Anna Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Plot: A frontier-American family has their faith tested when a witch enters their midst

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This movie has one of the best trailers of all time. When I first saw the trailer I thought this was going to be the scariest movie I had ever seen. Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be true.

 

This film hits a certain level of creepiness, (that really isn't all that creepy), and just stays there until the last few minutes of the movie. And by that point I was pretty bored with the whole thing.

 

The story is full of moments that are made to look scary, but really aren't. And moments of convenience that make no sense in regards to the faith and lifestyle the main characters live.

 

If you want to see a terrifying movie this weekend, just watch the first trailer for THE WITCH. It may be the scariest 2 1/2 minutes you'll see all year. The movie? Not so much.

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THE BOY

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 22, 2016

Director: William Brent Bell

Stars: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Plot: A woman is hired to nanny a doll and when she doesn't follow the directions strange events begin to occur

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

 

 

I have said many times that I am not a fan of the horror genre. That said I do love a well done horror film. Unfortunately, most of the horror films that come out now are slasher flicks that are barely scary aside from a couple of cheap gimmicky scares.

 

Thankfully, THE BOY bucks that trend and has given us a horror film that is compelling, plausible and suspenseful. While it isn’t a movie that will terrify you, there are enough bumps, jumps and chills to keep you checking over your shoulder.

 

I was very happy to see that this movie is one where the situation could be real. It’s so frustrating to sit through a horror flick only to find out that the thing causing all of the havoc is impossible. There is nothing scary about that. What is scary is when what you see on the screen could actually happen to you.

 

If you are looking for a few good scares, THE BOY will satisfy.

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THE FOREST

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: January 8, 2016

Director: Jason Zada

Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney

Plot: A woman searches the suicide forest of Japan for her missing sister, but the evil spirits in the forest have other plans

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Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

When I saw the trailer for THE FOREST I was cautiously optimistic that we were going to get a horror film with a unique and intriguing plot. The concept is fascinating and the trailer was captivating.

 

Then I saw the movie.

 

Unfortunately, it is just another typical horror flick with the bad spirits chasing down the pretty girl in the dark woods. It could have been so much more and so much better. Instead, they took the cheap gimmicks and cliche chills and just blended them up and poured out the same old horror flick that we see about every other month.

 

I will say that Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney are great in their roles. The acting is way above average than your typical scary movie. Unfortunately, the plot gave them little with which to work.

 

If you need a couple of jumps this weekend, or you are looking to snuggle up with a sheepish date, this film will give you what you need. Just don't expect to feel anything near creeped out.

 

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KRAMPUS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 4, 2015

Director: Michael Dougherty

Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner

Plot: The Anti-Santa demon, Krampus, is accidentally summoned and terrorizes a family

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

 

 

This film is an utter waste of time. It's not scary, it's not entertaining, and the ending is so ridiculous that it will be nearly impossible for you to not hear some variation of "What the...?" from other viewers.

 

KRAMPUS is full of plot holes, lame dialogue, and horrific acting. I would rather spend all of the holidays with people I can't stand then have to watch this travesty again.

 

Put this one on your naughty list.

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VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 25, 2015

Director: Paul McGuigan

Stars: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Scott

Plot: Two brilliant scientists create life from death while Scotland Yard tries to stop them

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

 

 

The trailer for this movie had me chomping at the bit to see it. I was really hoping that it would live up to the expectations that I had from the trailer, and it did.

 

It has a great plot with an especially fascinating origin story for Igor, and the Gothic cinematography is outstanding. McAvoy and Radcliffe have incredible chemistry making the movie even more fun to watch.

 

This film is nerdtastic all the way through with the science and experiments. It is also quite scary and intense in places. Most people wouldn't consider this a horror film by today's standards, but I would say this is exactly what a true horror film should be.

 

NOTE: For those of you that are fans of the BBC show SHERLOCK, you'll have fun watching Moriarty play Sherlock for a while.

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SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Rated: R

Release Date: October 30, 2015

Director: Christoper Landon

Stars: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont

Plot: Three Boy Scouts must work together to survive the zombie apocalypse

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

 

 

This movie is exactly what you would expect it to be. It is so bad that it is awesome. It's horrifically raunchy, severely funny, desperately stupid, completely predictable and a blast to watch. 

This is nothing more than a fun popcorn flick that you can't think about for even a second otherwise your brain will ruin the fun. 

If you need an evening of mindless, dirty jokes and killing zombies this flick might just feel like the best movie you've ever seen.

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GOOSEBUMPS

Rated: PG

Release Date: October 16, 2015

Director: Rob Letterman

Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee

Plot: When a boy suspects foul play at the neighbors' house, he finds out that R.L. Stein's monsters are real

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

 

 

Jack Black belongs in the Awesomeness Hall of Fame. He is so much fun as the mysterious R.L.Stein. That, combined with the unique story line for this movie, makes it one worth seeing. It is a fun, funny, somewhat scary film that kids from 8 to 88 will enjoy. 

 

Fans of the books and TV show will enjoy this movie thoroughly, but it is just fine for those of you that have never delved into the GOOSEBUMPS world. The writers and director do a great job of catching you up without making it boring for the big fans.

 

The only thing I wish was better about this movie are the monsters. The CGI feels like it is from about 10 years ago. I liked the monsters, but the amateurish graphics kept pulling me out of the story with how obviously fake the monsters were. (I know. I know. Monsters are fake. But they could at least look real). 

 

This film is like a gateway drug for horror flicks. If you don't like horror films, but you want to get into the Halloween spirit a bit, this film should satisfy your craving. I wouldn't take any kids under six or seven to see this movie, but it is rated PG, so it's pretty tame for most families. 

 

Also, be on the lookout for a special appearance by R.L. Stein. It's a fun moment. 

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CRIMSON PEAK

Rated: R

Release Date: October 16, 2015

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam

Plot: An American woman is lured into the evil plans of a European man and woman. 

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

As far as horror movies go, this is one of the better ones. It is much more along the lines of true horror rather than slasher flick. That said, it still had a few eye rolling moments of cliche horror movie antics. 

 

The one thing that sets this movie apart from most horror films is the cast. They do an incredible job and make what could have been a rather bland film into something worth seeing. However, all of you SONS OF ANARCHY fans will be expecting Charlie Hunnam to hop on a motorcycle at any moment, because his character has many similar mannerisms to Jax Teller. 

 

If you are looking for a suspenseful thriller with a good ghost story to get you in the mood for Halloween, CRIMSON PEAK is a great choice. 

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THE GREEN INFERNO

Rated: R

Release Date: September 25, 2015

Director: Eli Roth

Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns

Plot: A group of environmentalists on a mission to help save the rain forests are captured by Amazonian cannibals.

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

Oh, what could have been. This film had all of the opportunity in the world to be a spectacularly scary horror flick. Instead, it is a spectacular fail.

 

The actin is atrocious, the plot it ridiculous, it's way too long, it's not even remotely scary, it's full of massive plot holes and moments of convenience, and the audience is given no real reason to care about any of the characters.

 

This movie is extremely violent and gory, but most of that looks completely fake. And some of the violence doesn't even make sense.

 

The only thing even remotely decent about this flick is that it has a few moments that are somewhat suspenseful, but even those moments aren't really scary.

 

We've almost made it to October, save your money for a horror flick that is actually worth seeing.

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THE VISIT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 11, 2015

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Plot: Siblings go to their estranged grandparents house for a week. While they try to patch things up, strange happenings start to occur.

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

 

 

It's been 16 long years since M. Night Shyamalan gave us THE SIXTH SENSE. Since then he's done a lot, but nothing spectacular, and a few downright stinkers. THE VISIT is a return to his glory days.

 

This is a great horror film. It's not a scary, slasher flick, but rather a true, classic-style horror film that will terrify you. The audience I saw this movie with were jumping and screaming and fidgeting in their seats almost the entire film.

 

I almost want to call this a "found footage" film, but it really isn't. It's shot by the characters, but it's done in documentary style. This is nice because we, the audience, don't have to deal with a lot of shaky camera or poor framing.

 

Ed Oxenbould, (ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY), completely steals the show. He is riotously funny throughout the film, and gives a stellar performance on top of that.

 

In my time I've seen a lot of horror flicks and one thing has always been true. The scarier the movie the more people will go to the bathroom. This film had a steady stream of people heading out to take a potty break and a breather from the intensity.

 

If you like scary movies, you will love THE VISIT.

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SINISTER 2

Rated: R

Director: Ciaran Foy

Stars: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan

Plot: A family is terrorized by the Boogeyman while a PI tries to figure out what is going on

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

I am almost positive I could feel IQ points slipping from my mind as I sat through this utter waste of time. I actually got a headache from my eyes rolling so often.

 

The only thing good about this movie is the end. I don't mean the ending, but the actual end. The part where the credits are at the end. Everything before that is horrible.

 

The acting (if you can even call it that) is as bad as IT FOLLOWS, the plot is stupid and convoluted, the scares are minimal and most of them are the lame jump-out-and-say-boo scares, and the main characters are so annoying I was actually wishing something bad would happen to them.

 

This film is 95 minutes long. About 70 minutes of it is boring, about 15 minutes of it is annoying, about 5 minutes of it is slightly suspenseful, and then there are 5 minutes of glorious end credits.

 

Save your money, and hopefully we will get a good horror flick in October.

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THE GALLOWS

Rated: R

Director: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing

Stars: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford

Plot: Students try to bring back a play in which a student died while performing several years earlier, but an evil presence has other ideas.

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Shockingly, I was pleasantly surprised by this horror flick. It is by no means a great film, but the story is fairly interesting, and the twist is one you will never see coming.

 

The downside is that this is another "found footage" film, and with this one they barely even attempt to give a reason for why they are carrying cameras around the whole time. And if you think for more than three seconds about the reason why they are having to use the cameras, you will realize it is a plot hole the size of Texas.

 

THE GALLOWS isn't an overly scary film, but the scares that are there are almost all legitimate, (with one hilarious exception). That said, this film will make for a fun date night full of suspense and chills.