All My Friends Hate Me (2021)
Pete is cautiously excited about reuniting with his college crew for a birthday weekend. But, one by one, his friends turn against him. Is he being punished, is he paranoid, or is he part of some sick joke?
My thoughts: While not horror in the traditional sense, this movie does a brilliant job of building unease in its cringey, paranoia-fueled, darkly humorous exploration of social anxiety. Not exactly horror, but undeniably horrifying.
The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.
My thoughts: Takes a long while to get going. When it finally does, it offers an interesting interesting spin on the “alien encounter” storyline, but the creature’s demise is contrived and silly.
In 1918, a young woman on the brink of madness pursues stardom in a desperate attempt to escape the drudgery, isolation and lovelessness of life on her parents’ farm.
My thoughts: No surprises in the story, but there’s a laudable deftness to the stylized direction. Mia Goth’s performance is incredible, anchored by a late monologue that alone makes her worthy of Oscar consideration.
A take on Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic where a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites.
My thoughts: Stellar production design and the Cenobites are exquisitely inspired, but the script is surprisingly restrained, never quite attaining the lurid depths of the original.
Halloween Ends (2022)
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in the final installment of this trilogy.
My thoughts: Gets off to a great start but ultimately devolves into a nonsensical, ludicrous mess.
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