Last Night in Soho (2021)
An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter..
Thoughts: Lurches from teen drama to sci-fi to thriller to horror, plodding through a premise that offers its protagonist surprisingly little agency until it’s far too late. Stylish, but frustratingly repetitive, with an absolutely ridiculous final twist.
Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.
Thoughts: From the over-blown script to the over-the-top performances to the exaggerated reveals, this one fully embrace its inherent cheesiness, but it does so without a shred of irony, leading one to question whether the filmmakers are truly in on the joke.
The House of the Devil (2009)
In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret.
Thoughts: The slow-burn build in suspense is almost unbearable in this delightful 80’s-style retro gem. Writer/Director/Editor Ti West has crafted a confident little chiller befitting its inspirational roots.
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