Lucy Hale, star of one of the dumbest television shows in recent memory (Pretty Little Liars) stars in one of the dumbest films in recent memory. If you saw the trailer to Truth or Dare, you likely thought the same thing watching it. The story goes, a group of college kids go down south to Mexico (where all good things happen) and find some rundown Church in the middle of nowhere (where I’m sure nothing but good things happen). After being lured down to play a weird game of Truth or Dare, the game becomes real and follows them home except this time if they don’t play, they die.
There are only a handful of films coming out that I’m legitimately looking forward to seeing. One film that I have looked forward to for some time is A Quiet Place, which is a film was written, staring, and directed by John Krasinski. Being big fans of both Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, this trailer for this film seemed like a no-brainer. An anxiety-ridden horror film when no one speaks or is even allowed to make the slightest sound with two likable leads at the helm…count me in.
The Strangers: Prey at Night is about a family going to visit their aunt and uncle’s trailer park before sending their bitchy rebellious daughter to boarding school so she can learn how to properly smoke a cigarette. While at the trailer park, they run into a trio of killers known as Dollface, Pin-Up Girl, and Potato Sack Jason.
Due to a poor test screening, there were concerns that the film was “too intellectual” and “too complicated” for mainstream audiences…Look I understand you put 55 million dollars behind this, but anytime someone says that a film is “too smart” for audiences, its Hollywood’s condescending way of saying that you are too stupid to understand their vision.
Like many of you, I was watching Superbowl 52 (I refuse to congratulate the city of Philadelphia) and saw the trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox, a film that claims to explain the origins of the 2008 hit film Cloverfield. A secret Netflix exclusive seemed too good to pass up so I decided to do a last-minute review. For those of you who saw this trailer and thought that you were finally going to get the answers to your ten-year-old Cloverfield questions, I’m afraid you have been misled…again.
Mother! Doesn’t have a story, it is basically a series of events that happen and if you have no idea about the in your face biblical references that are being thrown on the screen, you will sit there in either a constant state of confusion or convincing yourself that the film is deeper than it actually is.
I give production companies like Blumhouse lots of credit for taking a small budget films like this and taking a chance where hit or miss, is a very refreshing formula in a very stale and creatively bankrupt climate in Hollywood. Happy Death Day is a fun and energetic film perfect for the Halloween season.
It is not every day you get the opportunity to watch a film in theatres that has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes (according to critics that is). I’ve been barking at RT critics for years now for their flawed rating system and biased reviews, the only real question here is, Does Flatliners deserve it’s 0% rating?…No.
If you are judging this as a horror, the film isn’t as tension filled as another recent movie Annabelle: Creation. With that said the movie is still enjoyable and worth a watch, especially seeing what we dealt with the last few weeks. IT is a good movie on its own, as a horror film, you may want to hold your judgment for the sequel to give it fair judgment.