Category: Horror/Thriller

“Fade to Black”

8.4

Don’t read into this one too much… Guy who watches a lot of movies becoming a serial killer. Yikes.

Strong “Taxi Driver” and “King of Comedy” vibes from this one. Excellent performance by Dennis Christopher. Such an interesting premise, so well executed. Interesting to watch and catch all of the homages and callbacks to Hollywood classics. Highly recommend if you’re looking for an outside the box spooky film for the Halloween season.

“New Mutants”

7.2

Go figure. Fox finally got the X-Men figured out and had an interesting launch point. Just in time for the studio to be bought out, the movie to be delayed for years, and for the film to finally come out when it no longer made sense narratively or tonally. Such promise, wasted for the most part. The perfect film to bury as the first major US release post-COVID cinema shutdown. The characters all have great backstories, intriguing powers, and a great dynamic that they develop as fellow test subjects/prisoners. All for not. Definitely worth a watch for fans of originality and of the X-Men franchise. If for no other reason, for the conspiracy laden “what-if” theories that are sure to plague this franchise for years to come.

“Haunt”

7.2

Eli Roth written all over it. The traps of “Saw,” the gore of “Hostel,” the clowns of “It.” All in all, this was exactly what I expected of it. No more, no less. A lean, mean haunted house themed thriller full of jump scares, spooky music, and a healthy dose of “what the hell?!?” factor. Solid addition to spooky season.