After a breakup, Wes ends up at a remote rest stop, locked inside with a mysterious figure speaking from an adjacent stall. Soon Wes realizes he is involved in a situation more terrible than he could imagine.
Thoughts: Annoyingly mannered in execution. The characters talk even when they have nothing to say in order to fill the roughly 80 minute runtime. The dark humor never really lands and the whole ends up feeling like one of the less memorable installments of an anthology series.
A young gymnast, who tries desperately to please her demanding mother, discovers a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks them all.
Thoughts: Young Siiri Solalinna is fantastic in this twisted coming-of-age horror tale that eviscerates upper middle-class suburbia. Alas, loses a half star for implied french bulldog violence.
The Innocents (2021)
During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. In this original and gripping supernatural thriller, playtime takes a dangerous turn.
Thoughts: A terrific little that film confirms my long-held conviction that kids are creepy and inherently evil. A little slow off the top but fantastic once it gets going. And it really sticks its landing. Docking it a half mark for animal abuse though.
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) September 1, 2022