October 4th, 2020

Sundance 2020 Official Selection.
During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny may be the better storyteller.

Scare Me stars Aya Cash and Josh Ruben. It’s also written and directed by Ruben.

Fred (Ruben) is a writer who travels to a remote cabin, looking for inspiration for his next story. While out for a walk, he meets a fellow horror writer who has come to the area for the same reason. That night, the power goes out and Franny invites herself over to Fred’s because she’d just been in the middle of a hot streak of writing. Fred feels inferior to the best selling author Franny. Franny challenges Fred to a storytelling contest. As the evening unfolds, we learn more about these two strangers.

I would classify this as a comedy first, with horror elements. I’m fine with that, I don’t think horror has to be completely one thing or the other and frankly, I get sick of blood and guts. I enjoyed the acting a lot in this, Aya Cash especially. This is an anthology of sorts, but not the sort of anthology you might be used to. The characters act out the stories, there are no cutaways to the scenes playing out. All of this happening during a blackout in front of a fireplace really sets the scene.

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July 7th, 2020

The first half of the film is moody and it’s a slow build, but it’s well worth your time to stay with it.

Emily and Randall are college sweethearts who are having relationship troubles so they decide to spend a weekend alone together at Randall’s family beach house. (It was filmed on location at Cape Cod.) Emily is a brilliant student who wants to continue her education, Randall wants her to drop out and settle down with him. When they arrive they are surprised to find out they aren’t alone. Some old family friends are staying there. Deciding to make the best of the situation, they all stay together in the house. That night, after they run out of booze, Randall suggests they all try an edible. Despite not knowing how much to take, there don’t seem to be any ill effects. (The first time I took an edible I almost went to the ER, I took WAY too much for a first timer!)

There are many hints in the first half of the horror to come.

The next day, no one is feeling great. That becomes an understatement when they realize the pretty lights they saw in the ocean the night before are actually deadly parasites and they are all infected, some more than others. Will Emily’s knowledge be enough to save them, or is it too late?

Writer/Director Jeffrey A. Brown was a former location scout and used his talents to find the perfect setting for the film. Despite being alongside the vast ocean, it feels claustrophobic at times. The cast was kept small, just four people, with the dread being a character in itself. It reminded me of such films as The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers or an HO Lovecraft tale.

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October 7th, 2019

Openings and Credits

For those of you complaining that the Creep doesn’t talk – that’s the Crypt Keeper. The Creep doesn’t talk.

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July 2nd, 2019

Thanks so much to Shudder for giving me an advance look at this film.

Party Hard, Die Young was shot on location and takes place at the X Jam on the Laterna Peninsula in Croatia. The story follows a group of recently graduated high schoolers who are ready to party for a week on the isolated island along with thousands of other partygoers. Our main character is Julia, who is with her best friend Jessica and her fellow classmates for the party of their lives before heading off to college. This film was beautifully shot, it really helps that it was on location and the colours are so bright and vivid, I’d want to go here. In the off season.

On their first night, Jessica finds out that her best friend has been keeping a secret from her and storms off. Soon, other classmates begin to disappear or die in what the police refer to as freak accidents. Yeah, the police don’t believe Julia that something is going on and Jessica hasn’t just run off with some guy for sexy times like text messages sent from her phone suggest. Soon though, it becomes clear that class 8B is being stalked and picked off one by one. But why?

I have to say, I really enjoyed this movie. It’s subtitled, so I had to read along but the actors did a fine job with their material and I really felt for some of them. I was there with Julia when she was worried and frustrated over her missing friend. At one point, one of the characters mocks her by asking if she thinks they are in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” which was a phenomenal line once you get to the film’s conclusion. I enjoyed the use of social media in the film, no fake names like FriendFace here.

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PARTY HARD, DIE YOUNG (2018) — available Wednesday, July 3

Director: Dominik Hartl, Cast: Marlon Boess, Markus Freistätter, Michael Glantschnig

School’s out, so Julia, her friends and thousands of fellow graduates are on their way to an island resort in Croatia, and it’s supposed to be the party of their lives! The harmless fun soon turns deadly serious when Julia’s friend is killed, and it probably wasn’t an accident. Slick, stylish and loud, PARTY HARD DIE YOUNG is in the tradition of the best post-Scream slashers. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)

March 16th, 2019

Malevolent

This is a Netflix movie, and it’s another hit for me. I’ve really loved so many of their horror movies, there are very few misses. (I’m looking at you, Open House.) This one is about a brother & sister who advertise themselves as paranormal investigators. Their latest case, a house haunted by the spirits of murdered young girls, turns out to be all too real. This was a lot of fun, very creepy. That one scene on the road broke my heart.

5/5 Coffins for this one. If you have Netflix, check it out.

Happy Death Day 2U

Ok, so there’s been some debate with this one, whether it’s really a horror or not. I’d say it’s gotten a bit further away, but it’s still got horror elements and as Jordan Peele says “Does it even matter?” Whether you think it’s a horror or not, it’s a fun movie series. This time around, Tree’s friends are dying and she has to save them by reliving days over and over. We also find out what caused this all to happen in the first place. I really love this series and there’s a post-credits scene that was so wacky, I really hope a third movie is made. Go into this not expecting a lot of gore and I think you’ll enjoy it.

5/5 Coffins for this one. I really enjoyed it!

(Note about my reviews – I rate movies on how much I personally liked them. So there will be movies that aren’t “perfect” that will get 5/5 because I loved it.)

August 28th, 2018

A QUIET PLACE – Screencaps

I finally got around to watching A Quiet Place. Decent movie, and it’s pretty interesting how they managed to tell a story with almost no dialogue. I found the film beautifully shot and visually stunning, so it was kind of fun to screencap it for the site.

4/5 Coffins for this one. I really enjoyed it but I don’t think I’d watch it again.

(Note about my reviews – I rate movies on how much I personally liked them. So there will be movies that aren’t “perfect” that will get 5/5 because I loved it.)

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What we’re excited for:

A Quiet Place 2 September, 2020
Candyman September, 2020
The Conjuring 3 September, 2020
Halloween Kills October, 2020
Godzilla vs. Kong November, 2020
Ghostbusters 3 2021
Escape Room 2 2021
Jurassic World: Dominion 2021

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