A lonely teen discovers her family’s ties to witchcraft.
My thoughts: Like watching an 80 minute music video. An okay movie considering its budgetary constraints, somewhat labored performances and dialogue, but the fact that it sits at #1 in rottentomatoes’ Best of 2022 rankings effectively renders that list pointless.
Hounds of Love (2017)
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
My thoughts: Powerhouse performances and some nice directorial flourishes in this tense, disturbing but fairly straightforward psychological thriller.
The Last Matinee (2020)
It’s a soaking wet day with rain pouring down and one of the best things to do is to go seek refuge in a great old cinema. There’s just one problem: a murderer is on the loose and he also has taken refuge there.
My thoughts: A contemporary giallo that shot for shot and slash for slash is the equal to any its gloriously lurid predecessors. Bloody fun!
The House October Built (2021)
Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip looking for the ultimate haunted house attraction.
My thoughts: Between the shaky cam and the dark lighting, it’s often hard to figure out what’s going on. The movie treads water for about fifty minutes before shit starts getting weird at which point one wonders why our protagonists don’t just pack it in.
A disgraced internet personality tries to win back his followers by livestreaming one night alone in a haunted house. But when he pisses off a vengeful spirit, his big comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life.
My thoughts: A fun movie that gets the found footage elements right but ultimately, is about as scary as an amusement park’s haunted house ride.
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