What’s going on readers! On Tuesday I went to the early access screening of Smile. When I saw the trailer a few weeks back I was in. I liked the premise and the scenes in the trailer looked creepy. Sosie Bacon (yes his daughter) plays Dr. Rose Cotter, who specializes in psychological treatment for patients with mental illness. A young woman is brought into Dr. Cotter’s ward because she’s claiming that an evil presence is attacking her and filling her head with horrible images. Rose dismisses her claims as paranoia but after the woman seemingly becomes possessed and kills herself Rose start to think this wasn’t a case of paranoid delusions, especially since the woman had an ominous smile on her face while committing suicide. Post-traumatic stress takes a toll on Rose but when Rose starts seeing macabre that no one else she accepts that there is an evil supernatural force. DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!!!! In order to stay alive Rose traces back to what the woman in the ward said in order figure out what this presence is and why it’s targeting her. What she finds out is disturbing, to say the least.
I liked Smile. I joked that this was a rated R version of The Ring (you’ll see why if you watch this film) but I enjoyed the slow burning creepiness. I thought the 2-hour runtime could have been cut down because a few scenes dragged. There are good spots of gore throughout the film and Bacon does a great job exhibiting despair as the terror haunts her character. There was a scene involving Rose, her sister, and her nephew that made me blurt out “OHH SNAP”. One of the jump scares got me too! Smile is decent horror thriller overall. I won’t agree with it being “scary”, but I do recommend it for discount day. I’m going to see it again. There’s an aspect of the film that I questioned so another viewing is on deck.
What’s happening readers! On Tuesday night I attended an early screening of The Black Phone, the latest horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions. In this film a small town in Colorado is being plagued by a serial killer dubbed “The Grabber”, who abducts and murders boys. 5 boys have been abducted already and when Finney encounters The Grabber he ends up drugged and locked in a basement. Finney’s sister Gwen starts to have dreams that could help but the visions are quick flashes and she isn’t taken seriously until the police realize Gwen isn’t making up stories. Finney’s future is looking grim however he receives a call from a disconnected phone that may prove to be his salvation.
I liked The Black Phone. It didn’t knock me out of my seat but the story is chilling and the leads did a good job. Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are impressive as Finney and Gwen. Gwen is tough and steals the scene a couple of times. Ethan Hawke is super creepy as The Grabber. Those eerie masks he wears added to the horror of the character. The Black Phone gave me Stephen King vibes and it was amusing to find out King’s son Joe Hill wrote the short story of the same name. I recommend checking this film, especially if you are a fan of the supernatural. Go on discount day. The screening was a good time but you don’t need to spend more than 8 bucks on this one.
I’ve been a fan of A24 and their films since 2015 when I saw Ex Machina in the theater. Since then, I’ve hit the theater to watch a few of their releases and even added some A24 films to my collection. When I saw the trailer for X, I was in. It looked creepy and I liked the old school grindhouse style it was shot in. I hit AMC to check out X last Thursday. I was a tad disappointed once the credits started rolling but we’ll come back to that…..
The film follows a small production crew who are using an elderly couple’s farmhouse to film an adult movie. Wayne, the film’s producer, thinks this movie will take the home video market by storm and make millions. The owner of the farmhouse does not like this group of strangers using his place, but he needs the money, and he tells the crew they better not bother his wife. Filming commences and things seems to be going well but the crew doesn’t know that they are being watched and when the sun goes down things turn for the worse. It gets bloody. Super bloody. The question is who will make it through the night? DUN DUNN DUNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!
When the film was finished I looked at a buddy of mine who was with me and said “All that happened because of THAT? BOOOOOOOO!!” We laughed. This doesn’t mean I didn’t like the film. I thought each cast member played their part well on screen and it’s cool to see Jenna Ortega becoming a “Scream Queen” (she also stars in Scream (2022) and Studio 666). I appreciated the filming style. It looked like a movie that was shot in the late 70s. The gore…..on point for the most part. There was a death scene that I found to be silly and predictable but other death scenes made me say “DANNNNNNGGGGG”. The story/plot really didn’t move me though. I thought the motivation behind the killings was ridiculous. So ridiculous to the point that it made me chuckle. X was cool enough but not a movie I’ll rush to see again. More of a one and done as far as watching in the theater. I don’t see myself buying a copy either. I was talking to someone about not liking the story and his response was “I probably won’t see it now.” DON’T BE LIKE THAT!! I NEVER tell anyone not to see a movie. I will say if you are interested in seeing X and you haven’t yet then see it on discount day. If you don’t use a theater subscription service you don’t need to pay more than 7 bucks to see this film.
It’s been 25 years since Ghostface made the phone call to Casey Becker, setting off a series of murders that would be emulated by other killers and turning Scream into a horror franchise. Now Ghostface is back in Woodsboro with new victims to claim! Who is going to make it out alive? Who’s the killer? Killers? Why is Ghostface back after all this time? DUN DUNNN DUNNNNNNNN!!!!!
I’m a big fan of the Scream franchise. Scream and Scream 2 are my favorites of the series. Part 3 is cool but I felt like that was a decent point to wrap up the series. 4 has some awesome kills but the story didn’t grab me. It fit the time that it was released but I don’t revisit that one unless I’m watching all of them together.
When I saw that there was a new Scream movie coming I was in! Our surviving legacy characters were coming back and would be joined by a new cast. The taglines touted the film as “Fresh” and “Original” so that got me amped up. After my first viewing I was on the fence. I liked the kills and the murder mystery of it all but I didn’t feel like the story was original. It felt like ground from Scream 3 and 4 were being retread. That’s all I’ll say there. I did enjoy how the new characters had ties to characters from the previous entries. The new lead Sam, played by Melissa Martinez, is solid. She portrays a good balance of strength and fear. For me this series is all about Ghostface. It’s always a good time seeing the masked villain on screen. I loved the gore but there were a couple of parts of this film that made me turn my nose up. I was at the theater with some friends and I leaned over to my pal and said “BS!!!” during one of those scenes. I won’t say what happened because it will spoil the scene. Just know I was not impressed! There were nicely set up scenes that provided good chills and the ultra-meta moments were amusing. Overall, I enjoyed the film. I was not blown away but I watched it a couple more times to see if there were clues I didn’t pick up on the first viewing. Scream 5 cleaned up at the box office so Scream 6 has officially been greenlit. Production starts this summer so we shall see. Scream is still playing in the major theater chains so if you are a fan of the series and haven’t seen it yet check it out on discount day. It’s also available to stream on the Paramount+ app.
Major SHOUT OUT to my brother from another mother Thezz Grimes. I’ve known this guy for close to 15 years and Scream is the first movie we watched in the theater. He doesn’t go to the theater but watching Scream was his idea……
Good afternoon readers! Last night I attended an early screening of Halloween Kills and I was impressed! The screening was a good time. The audience shared some “OOOOOOHHHHHHHSSS” and a couple of “OHH SNAP” moments together as we watched Michael Myers continue to bring the havoc to his old neighborhood!
If you are reading this I’m assuming you have already seen Halloween (2018) and are familiar with the story. If not…..go watch it! Halloween Kills starts where Halloween ended and our buddy Mike hasn’t been brought down by the fire that Laurie started in her fortified compound of a house. As soon as he steps foot outside the terror resumes! Myers is on a rampage once again and when the body count starts to rise the residents of Haddonfield decide to go on the offensive to protect their town while shouting “EVIL DIES TONIGHT!!”. I really enjoyed the story presented and how it added lore to Michael’s history. If you love the original you’ll be pleased with the interesting connections and callbacks. Bravo to the writers of the script and a standing ovation for the kills! There was a scene that made a good portion of the audience yell. That was a fun moment! Even though I won’t/don’t discount the other films that came after Halloween 78 I dig this series retcon. I like how tough Old Woman Laurie continues to be and Myer’s savagery and ruthlessness hit like Rob Zombie’s Halloween film. Yes to the gory splatter! My one gripe was how it kept being stated that the original Halloween massacre was 40 years ago. WE KNOW!!! Several cast members just had to say it…..repeatedly. It was a teeny annoyance but oh well. I’m looking forward to seeing Kills again. The film hits theaters everywhere tomorrow night and will be available to stream on Peacock. I’m going to take advantage of my A List and see it in Dolby Cinema however if you aren’t using a subscription service you don’t need to spend the extra money on this unless you really really want to. It will pop more if you watch in premium format but regular format is fine. Hit that discount day!
Good afternoon readers! When I saw the trailer for The Night House a few weeks back I knew I was in. It looked creepy and that is enough to get me in the theater. I went to an early screening on Monday and I dug the film! I’m going to watch it again because I think I missed a couple of things. I see myself saying “ooooohhh” the second time around!
This movie is the Rebecca Hall show. She puts on an emotionally gripping performance as Beth. Beth has been dealing with the suicide of her husband Owen. They’ve known each other for several years so not only is she grieving but she’s confused as to why he did what he did. When Beth is clearing Owen’s belongings out of their house she starts hearing noises. Seeing shadows. Getting phone calls from Owen. Or is she? Is Beth’s mind messing with her because she’s all alone in a big lake house or is there something else going on……
I liked this thriller. It’s a slow burn however Hall’s performance and the unraveling of the mystery kept me intrigued. I liked how atmospheric the house and the lake were. The setting was eerie and it makes you wonder what Beth was actually seeing. I didn’t find this to be scary but high on the bugged out factor and there were some well crafted moments of tension. There was one part toward the end of the film that made me say “ehhh” buuuuuuttttt it’s okay. I still ran with it! If you are a fan of thrillers then check this out. Hit that discount day or the matinee. You don’t need to spend more than 8 bucks seeing this one.
What’s going on readers!! If you are reading this I hope you are well and staying safe. The corona virus outbreak shut down screenings at the beginning of the year so it had been several months since I attended one. I was surprised when I received an email that said AMC theaters was hosting an early viewing of Freaky for Stubs members.