Naru, a skilled warrior of the Comanche Nation, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
My thoughts: A simple premise well-executed. Still, for a creature that enjoys the art of the hunt, the Predator is awful unsporting.
Best friends Becky and Hunter find themselves at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower.
My thoughts: A little long, at times a tad melodramatic, but overall a very effective anxiety-inducing thriller.
The Harbinger (2022)
Monique ventures out of quarantine to visit an old friend who’s plagued by nightmares. She finds herself drawn into a hellish dreamscape where she must face her greatest fears – or risk never having existed at all.
My thoughts: One of the better pandemic-set horror films that does a nice job exploring themes related to identity and loss, but it suffers from the “everything can be a dream” trope that ultimately robs the protagonist of any real agency.
Margaret’s life is in order. She is capable, disciplined and successful. Everything is under control until David returns – that is – carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past.
My thoughts: An intriguing exploration of abusive relationships and trauma culminates in an unsatisfying, gruesome, nonsensical conclusion.
FRESH follows Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who meets the alluring Steve (Sebastian Stan) at a grocery store and – given her frustration with dating apps – takes a chance and gives him her number.
My thoughts: The first act is a terrific but once the film shifts gears into horror, it becomes decisively less clever in its social commentary. Stylish, satisfying in its conclusion, but one can’t help but feel it would have been criticized as misogynist had the director been male.
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