Orphan: First Kill (2022)
After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family.
My thoughts: Any sequel (or prequel) is going to be hard-pressed to match the original’s deranged twist, but Orphan: First Kill does its unhinged best on its way to a deliriously frenzied finale.
Sea Fever (2019)
The crew of a West of Ireland trawler, marooned at sea, struggle for their lives against a growing parasite in their water supply.
My thoughts: The characters are a little shallow, the visual effects a little rough, the story a little too straightforward, but still a solid entry in the deep sea horror sub-genre.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (2022)
When Mr. Harrigan dies, Craig, the teen who befriended him, puts his smart phone in his pocket before burial. When the lonely youth sends his dead friend a message, he is shocked to get a return text.
My thoughts: It feels like the movie isn’t really sure what to do with its intriguing premise, never fully embracing its supernatural underpinnings.
Jess, a separated mother and nurse, moves with her daughter and young son Owen back into her old farmhouse. Shortly after settling in, Owen is bitten by the dog, resulting in a mysterious infection from the bite.
My thoughts: Your enjoyment will hinge on your willingness to accept one enormously implausible decision on mom’s part. And I wasn’t buying.
Play Dead (2022)
After faking her own death to steal evidence from a morgue, a young woman discovers the coroner has been using the morgue as a front for a sick and twisted business. A scary game of cat and mouse ensues.
My thoughts: Preposterous and completely nonsensical.
2 thoughts on “March 16, 2023: Our Horror Marathon continues with five more fearsome films!”
The Orphan sequel and Sea Fever are now on my list! Thanks!
I know this is not a horror flick but have you seen “Fatman”? Both The Hunt & Fatman helped get us through our lockdown. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=fatman+movie&docid=603546400939145930&mid=F5CA43297EB57693CA5CF5CA43297EB57693CA5C&view=detail&FORM=VIRE
Hmmm. I’m intrigued.