Revenge is The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Gift. 2015. Directed & Written by Joel Edgerton. Starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman, Tim Griffin, Busy Philipps, Adam Lazarre-White, Beau Knapp, Wendell Pierce, Mirrah Foulkes, Nash Edgerton, David Denman, Katie Aselton, David Joseph Craig, & Susan May Pratt. STX Entertainment/Huayi Brothers Pictures/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 108 minutes. Mystery/Thriller ★★★★ JoelContinue reading “Revenge is The Gift that Keeps on Giving”

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Hush: Flanagan and Siegel Offer a Quietly Unnerving Horror

Hush. 2016. Directed by Mike Flanagan. Screenplay by Flanagan & Kate Siegel. Starring John Gallagher Jr, Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, & Emma Graves. Intrepid Pictures/Blumhouse Productions. Rated R. 87 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★  I’m unabashedly a fan of Mike Flanagan. While a lot of people were blown away by his horror Oculus, as well asContinue reading “Hush: Flanagan and Siegel Offer a Quietly Unnerving Horror”

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The Visit is the Last Trip to Grandma & Grandpa’s You’ll Ever Take

The Visit. 2015. Directed & Written by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Kathryn Hahn. Blinding Edge Pictures/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 94 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Any time M. Night Shyamalan puts out a film these days, it’s met with all sorts of opinions from those who can’t standContinue reading “The Visit is the Last Trip to Grandma & Grandpa’s You’ll Ever Take”

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Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings

Paranormal Activity. 2007. Directed & Written by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, and Ashley Palmer. Solana Films/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 86 minutes. Horror ★★★★ When done correctly, I am a huge fan of found footage. Whether it’s using the thriller style, as I recently enjoyed in the film 419, orContinue reading “Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings”

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The Gallows: Wasted Opportunity & Wasted Youth

The Gallows. 2015. Directed & Written by Travis Cluff/Chris Lofing. Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford, Travis Cluff, Price T. Morgan, Theo Burkhardt, David Herrera, Gannon Del Fierro, Mackie Burt, and Adrian Salas. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 81 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★ Found footage is a sub-genre I do enjoy, honestly. That beingContinue reading “The Gallows: Wasted Opportunity & Wasted Youth”

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THE PURGE: ANARCHY Further Envisions POTUS Trump’s Domestic Policies on Crime

The Purge: Anarchy. 2014. Directed & Written by James DeMonaco. Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi, Castulo Guerra, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Edwin Hodge. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 103 minutes. Action/Horror/Thriller ★★★★My favourite thing about the fact The Purge: Anarchy exists is that thereContinue reading “THE PURGE: ANARCHY Further Envisions POTUS Trump’s Domestic Policies on Crime”

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But How Scarily Close to Truth is THE PURGE?

The Purge. 2013. Directed & Written by James DeMonaco. Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Tom Yi, Chris Mulkey, and Tisha French. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 85 minutes. Horror/Thriller. ★★★★ Now to start – I have an aunt who is a full-fledged American, IContinue reading “But How Scarily Close to Truth is THE PURGE?”

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UNFRIENDED: Modern Horror Skewers Bullies

Unfriended. 2015. Directed by Levan Gabriadze. Screenplay by Nelson Greaves. Starring Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman, and Matthew Bohrer. Blumhouse Productions Rated R. 83 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2 I don’t need to really lay out the plot here much: a girl named Laura Barns commits suicide, thenContinue reading “UNFRIENDED: Modern Horror Skewers Bullies”

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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 – Dark, Creepy, Moody

Insidious: Chapter 2. 2013. Directed by James Wan. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Tom Fitzpatrick. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 106 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Being a fan of the first film, I was excited to see what James WanContinue reading “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 – Dark, Creepy, Moody”

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Mark Duplass is CREEP(y)

Creep. 2015. Directed by Patrick Brice. Written by Patrick Brice & Mark Duplass. Starring Patrick Brice & Mark Duplass. Blumhouse Productions. Rated R. 82 minutes. Comedy/Horror ★★★★★I know Mark Duplass mainly from two sources – his amazing portrayal of Pete on FX’s raunchy fantasy-football comedy The League, and the film Baghead which he co-directed with his brotherContinue reading “Mark Duplass is CREEP(y)”

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WHIPLASH: Two Jazz-Hands Up

Whiplash. 2014. Directed & Written by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, J.K Simmons, and Paul Reiser. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 107 minutes. Drama/Music ★★★★★I think one of the most incredible things about Whiplash is the fact it captures the blood, sweat, and tears which go into the making of a true musician so accurately thatContinue reading “WHIPLASH: Two Jazz-Hands Up”

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