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THE LIE
Rated: R
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Director: Veena Sud
Stars: Joey King, Peter Sarsgaard, Mirielle Enos, Cas Anvar
Plot: A family tries to keep a terrible secret, but there is more to the story than anyone knows 
 
Clint Says: It's worth streaming once
 

NOTE: This film is part of a unique collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse Television. The two studios are releasing four films over the next two weeks and doing several virtual party screenings called "Welcome to the Blumhouse" through Fantastic Fest and Fangoria.
 
Joey King has come a long way since her days as a bit player on THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY and as Beezus's little sister, Ramona. She has proven time and again that she has incredible range as an actor, deftly moving between genres like horror and romantic comedy. She has always been a scene stealer, and this film shows that she can play a serious lead giving a powerful and emotional performance.
 
That's the great news about this film. 
 
The good news is that THE LIE is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and trying to guess what is going to happen next. It's a compelling story filled with wild twists and issues that escalate quickly and wildly. 
 
The bad news is all of the good news rests on top of a very fragile house of cards. This film has one of the biggest, and worst plot holes I have ever seen in a movie. The whole film revolves around a specific event that happens in the first few minutes of the film. Unfortunately, the actions taken immediately after the event, which determine the following actions throughout the film, are totally ridiculous given the circumstances. 
 
It's not easy to do, but if you can put that one moment aside and just pretend that the obvious and easy solution doesn't exist, the rest of the movie is a lot of fun to watch. It's a solid thriller and even if you do figure it out, the reveal will leave your jaw on the floor. 

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SLENDER MAN

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 10, 2018

Director: Sylvain White

Stars: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Javier Botet

Plot: Four girls summon Slender Man, but then they must suffer the consequences

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Don't even bother.

 

 

The whole Slender Man phenomenon was a huge deal about 6 or 7 years ago. Why they decided to wait until now to release a movie about him is a question that will probably never get answered.

 

The good news is, this movie is so bad that we won't have to worry about it in about two weeks when it finishes its theatrical run.

 

This is easily one of the slowest horror flicks I've ever had the misfortune of enduring. It's about 90 minutes long, but it feels so much longer. Then, on top of that, we are forced to listen to amateur dialogue, tolerate terrible acting, and fight back boredom with every new scene.

 

If they took out all of the lame filler junk this movie would probably clock in at about 60 minutes. Even then it would still be too long.

 

Even bad horror flicks usually have something that makes it somewhat interesting. Not this one. There are no twists, no mystery, and no redemption. It's essentially a movie where we all sit around for 90 minutes waiting on the four girls all to die. At about the 30 minute mark I was begging for it to just go ahead and happen so we could all go home.

 

Save your money on this one. There will be other horror flicks coming out soon that will be much more worth it than this one.

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WISH UPON

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 14, 2017

Director: John R. Leonetti

Stars: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee

Plot: A girl makes wishes on a Chinese wishing pot, but there is a terrible price for her desires

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This is one of those horror flicks that is much more about the horror than it is about trying to scare you out of your seat. There are only a couple of moments of jumps and bumps, but from the very beginning there is a feeling of dread.

 

There really isn't anything new that this movie offers the audience. There is a lot of high school angst and horror movie cliches, but it isn't a bad film. 

 

If you are looking for a movie that will give you some good chills and make you almost drop your popcorn bucket once or twice WISH UPON is a movie that will fit the bill. Just don't expect this to be one of the scariest movies you've ever seen, or something so innovative in the horror genre that it is worth seeing again and again. This is the kind of film you see once and then you'll soon forget what it was all about. 

 

There isn't anything that makes this a movie worth seeing in theaters, but it's also not so terrible that you'll be upset if you pay money to see it.