|37 37%||Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) - Oct 17, 2021
"Although Jason Lives is, on a pure filmmaking level, the best Friday the 13th movie, it isn't even close to perfect. Some of the winks are too winky and the nods too noddy for a movie that still takes unrepentant glee in killing innocent teenagers. The fun is still there though, so it's hard to be too angry at a movie that is at least trying something different."
|43 45%||Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Oct 17, 2021
"I want to see a movie that shows the entire backstory of Crispin Glover's character. Otherwise, this is another Friday the 13th movie? At this point in time you kinda know what you are getting into and The Final Chapter does deliver some solid kills."
|67 70%||The Vast of Night (2020) - Oct 12, 2021
"It has been a long time since I've been this enraptured by a micro-budget film. What begins as a fun Twilight Zone throwback won me over with a simple story that uses fantastic filmmaking to stretch it's small budget into something greater than the sum of its parts."
|79 83%||The Exorcist (1973) - Oct 07, 2021
"For the first 30 minutes or so I was worried that The Exorcist would be one of the many movies which was scarier at the time than today. I'm happy to say that by the end I was completely wrong. The last hour drips with tension and atmosphere (and great effects) that even modern horror fails to capture. It is odd to think that in 1973 an exorcism was seen as a remnant of a bygone era in the Catholic Church because, since this movie came out, exorcisms are a dime a dozen in Hollywood."
|39 40%||The Fog (1980) - Oct 03, 2021
"The Fog felt like a wet blanket over my expectations. It eventually condenses into a decent horror film but the first two-thirds are as slow as a lazy river in a waterpark. It is leagues from John Carpenter's worst but an ocean away from his best."
|55 58%||Lake Mungo (2008) - Oct 03, 2021
"A young girl named Palmer, with a boyfriend but secret lover, is murdered and found in a lake. Her family struggles to pick up the pieces and figure out her death while paranormal events happen in the background. Obvious Twin Peaks parallels aside, Lake Mungo is sometimes very tense and sometimes very rote but this does feel intentional. It won't please general audiences but Lake Mungo is a hidden gem worth it for cinemaphiles who like terror."
|64 67%||The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) - Sep 30, 2021
"The Haunting of Bly Manor begins as a poor man's Haunting of Hill House but eventually manages to shake that shadow and become its own. The slow start becomes a great story about love, loss, memory, grief, and time. It's not very often that I find myself emotionally moved by a love story but Bly Manor sunk into my heart and, unlike Hill House, manages to end on a supremely high note."
|81 86%||The Haunting of Hill House (2018) - Sep 29, 2021
"The Haunting of Hill House is great in spite of its flaws. Yes, it has too many cheap jump-scares and it's back third is relatively weak until it nearly nosedives. However, it tells a layered and ambitious story about trauma, grief, and complicated family dynamics by establishing rich and flawed characters which hit close to home for me (I have three siblings) and had me thinking about it well past the end. Episode 6 (Two Storms) is one of my favorite standalone episodes of TV of all time."
|24 20%||Sausage Party (2016) - Sep 19, 2021
"I knew what I was getting into and yet I charged in headlong nonetheless. I heard about the horrible conditions for the animators and it shows in the visuals. I know this group of people and that what they would produce would be vulgar for it's own sake. It's still a wonder why I bothered at all. I maybe liked Sausage Party more than I thought I would but I feel like a lost a bit of my soul along the way."
|59 62%||Hacksaw Ridge (2016) - Sep 14, 2021
"I'll admit that I went in expecting the kind of Hollywood Oscar-bait overdone schmultz that I usually end up hating but Hacksaw Ridge won me over by the end. Garfield is the standout, his portrayal of Doss felt very real, even though I admit it is quite single-minded. Mel Gibson hasn't lost his touch with Hacksaw Ridge, it's a fine work."