Film Freak - 595 Film Ratings
Member Since: Jul 15, 2018
|65 43%||Lake Mungo (2008) - Nov 14, 2019
"A slow-burn horror featuring strong performances, eerie atmosphere & good use of the mockumentary style, it packs a number of twists & turns to keep things interesting & never reveals too much too soon. The plot is interesting, the mystery is intriguing, & the characters are very fleshed out & convincing. However, it also suffers from just how slow-paced it is, often dragging quite a bit, & not all of the twists really work very well. Overall, it is worth a look, but it won't be for everybody."
|70 78%||Booksmart (2019) - Nov 14, 2019
"Despite an iffy start, it picks up as it goes along & never really loses steam, staying interesting and engaging the entire runtime. It also features spectacular performances by Feldstein & Dever, plus great work all around by the supporting cast. Not all the jokes land & some parts definitely feel forced or out of place, but there's still plenty of clever humor, smart writing & enjoyable characters to make for a good time. Overall, it's a very solid modern teen comedy & is well worth watching."
|65 43%||Child's Play (2019) - Nov 13, 2019
"Great performances all-around, particularly from Plaza, Bateman & Henry, as well as great voice work from Hamill, beautiful visuals, a fun soundtrack & enjoyable gore plus several bits of clever writing all feature here- yet, somehow, none of them are enough to make this all that special, & a lot of that comes down to how hollow & heartless the entire thing feels. Logic holes, a plot that dives off a cliff halfway through, & tonal issues don't help either. It's worth a look, but it's not great."
|65 43%||The Mutilator (1985) - Nov 12, 2019
"If taken with even a shred of seriousness, it's one of the weaker slashers out there. But, if viewed as the low-budget slice of 80's cheese that it is, it's a surprisingly fun ride even if it never comes close to being great. The performances are bad, the premise is flimsy, & the finale isn't so hot, but there are so many oddball comedic moments & unintentional laughs that, combined with the enjoyable soundtrack & a few genuinely good kills, make for a goofy & entertaining time. Worth a watch."
|60 12%||Slumber Party Massacre III (1990) - Nov 12, 2019
"It isn't awful, with a few fun moments, & it does at least try to be interesting, but it just ends up falling flat in much every way- especially when compared to its predecessors. So-so performances, a wonky plot with too much going on for its own good, several kills that lack any impact, & characters that largely feel completely hollow all feature here, & there's just not enough good to balance things out. A very meh finale to a pretty fun franchise, it's worth seeing once to say you did."
|60 12%||Hell Night (1981) - Nov 10, 2019
"Its sole saving grace is a solid performance by Blair that, sadly, gets worse over time. Poorly written, poorly directed, poorly put together & for the most part very poorly acted, it's also a boring slog that feels even longer than its extremely stretched 101 minutes. The killer isn't interesting or frightening in the slightest, the characters are largely paper-thin & annoying, & the ending is a convoluted mess. It gets points for having a fun premise, but nothing else. A disappointing dud. "
|55 4%||Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) - Nov 03, 2019
"It features a solid performance by Lee, but he's far from enough to save this absolute mess from being the awful followup that it is. Quite possibly one of the worst horror sequels ever, it takes a massive dump all over the original & pays it no respects, instead using it as a vehicle to tell its nonsensical, poorly written & largely poorly acted story. Add bad effects, underwhelming performances, a very inconsistent tone & very annoying soundtrack, & the end result is a sad disappointment.."
|65 43%||Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2007) - Nov 03, 2019
"Featuring solid performances by Baesel & Goethals, who both do really well in their roles, as well as a fun mashup of visual styles & a pretty great appearance from Robert Englund, it has a lot of good ideas & is enjoyable enough for what it is- though, its execution feels off in several places & the suspension of disbelief required is, at times, a bit much. Still, it's a mostly clever commentary on horror that even subverts its own expectations, & deserves credit for that. Worth a look."
|65 43%||Final Exam (1981) - Nov 03, 2019
"A simple, by-the-numbers slasher with characters who aren't very interesting, a story that's not very complex, and a familiar setting, it's nothing new or special even for its time- but that doesn't mean it's bad. There's certainly some fun to be had, with a few gags & lines that lean towards self-aware comedy & a quick pace that keeps things engaging. A few of the deaths are creative, the ending is somewhat unexpected, & it never takes itself too seriously. Overall, it's worth a look."
|65 43%||The House on Sorority Row (1983) - Nov 01, 2019
"Featuring passable to solid performances from a well-rounded cast, it packs plenty of the standard 80's slasher fare & is really nothing new or special. That said, despite the iffy & quite goofy plot, for the most part it's paced well & has its share of surprisingly brutal kills. The ending is meh & the characters aren't all that interesting, but there's never really a dull moment. All in all, it's worth a watch, but don't expect a classic. "