I was obsessed with this movie when it first came out almost 20 years ago. It was interesting watching again after such a long time.

The story is about a psychotherapist named Catherine (Jennifer Lopez) who works on an experimental technique involving technological merging of minds in an attempt to help bring a young boy out of a catatonic state. Meanwhile, a serial killer (Vincent D’Onofrio) is captured by the FBI in a catatonic state after taking another victim. Agent Novak (Vince Vaughn) convinces Catherine to use their tech to go inside the killer’s mind in an attempt to discover the location of his missing victim who is still alive.

The music and the incredible visuals are the best parts. Sadly, the style far surpassed the substance of the script. There were the obvious parallels to The Silence of the Lambs. The thing I found the most egregious was how everything fell into place in such formulaic ways. This could have been an amazing visual feast with a strong foundation of story and characters.


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Stella is a teenage writer of horror stories. She and her friends find a book inside a haunted house and discover that the stories in the book come to life in horrific ways. Can they stop the terror before it consumes them?

The movie is based on the children’s books that scared the crap out of most kids who grew up with them. I remember reading In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by the same author. I don’t remember it being that scary.

It’s got some good moments, but overall, I wasn’t that impressed. Most of the frights were just jump scares with no real impact. Some of the special FX were cool.

If you enjoyed the stories, you’ll probably like seeing your childhood nightmares come to life on the screen. Everyone else will be somewhat bored.


After a cave expedition unearths a large cavern, a million gargoyle things escape and begin to wreak havoc on the world. The creatures are attracted to noise, so being a deaf girl is advantageous. Ally (Kiernan Shipka) along with her dad, Hugh (Stanley Tucci), her mother (Miranda Otto), her grandmother, and her brother must try to survive in a scary new reality of monsters and quiet living strategies.

The family attempts to escape the city, but soon encounters the “vesp” creatures and must abandon their car due to the noise of the motor. On foot, they make their way to a cabin/farm where the mother is bitten by a creature and becomes infected. This prompts Ally and Hugh to leave in search of antibiotics. As they search a small town, they encounter a cultist reverend with no tongue.

There are definite comparisons to be made with A Quiet Place. I think this movie does a bit better job of selling the situation by adhering (mostly) to the rules set forth early on. There is a great mix of the immediate terror from the vesps as well as the psychological fear from the cultists.

My minor complaint was the power and technology that should have gone dark within the first 24 hours of the vesp onslaught. But other than that the acting was superb. Tucci never disappoints.


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This installment in the Chucky franchise moves so far into the absurd territory that it starts to feel a bit surreal. Chucky and Tiffany have a child named Glen/Glenda (voiced by Billy Boyd) who struggles to control his homicidal urges.

Jennifer Tilly plays both Tiffany and herself thanks to some meta movie-within-a-movie stuff. You got some attempted soul transference stuff. You got some Chucky beating off so his seed can be used to impregnate Jennifer Tilly. My favorite would have to be the fight between Chucky and Glen/Glenda, which starts off like a kung fu fight, but quickly turns to dismemberment.

This movie is weird as hell. I wish I could say it was enjoyable, but really the only thing it has going for it is the spectacle of how nuts it attempts to be.


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Christopher (Chris Sharp) just wants a quiet Halloween alone with some scary VHS rentals and his bowl of candy corn. His cat, Sir Lancelot, is unwilling to give up the chair, so Christopher decides to go to a “Murder Party” for which he found an invitation on the ground.

It just so happens that the party is literally a bunch of deranged art students planning to murder the unlucky finder of the invitation. When Christopher shows up, he finds himself in a sticky situation as the art students tie him up in preparation for their artistic murder.

The movie was short and sweet with just the right amounts of gore and comedy. It felt a bit like Napoleon Dynamite: A Horror Story and that’s — OK. If I had to change anything, I’d say that some of the characters could have been a bit more interesting.


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Cole is a nerdy kid whose parents leave for an overnighter, while Cole is left with his favorite babysitter, Bee. Curiosity leads Cole to spy on his babysitter after bedtime, and he finds that Bee and her friends are up to some horrific things.

The movie rips faster than a drag race as Cole must become the unlikely survivalist hero he was meant to be. Along the way, some gory and hilarious things occur, sometimes at the same time. Sometimes the things that happen are completely absurd, but the horror/comedy tone allow for some suspended disbelief.

The characters are likable enough and the acting is pretty good. The story could have been a bit more involved with a twist or two. McG is not a bad director, but his name still sucks.


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It’s Groundhog Day! Actually, it’s college student Tree’s (Jessica Rothe) birthday. She wakes up in a dorm room of a random guy and proceeds to have a mostly awful day, ending with her being murdered. Then the day repeats and she must figure out who murdered her and stop it from happening.

There is just something about time loop movies that is so enjoyable. This movie is no exception. Where Groundhog Day was all about the comedy, this movie is about the mystery and thrills. The first and second act work well at building the suspense, but the third act seemed to fall apart.

I really liked Tree’s character development. She starts off as this naive sorority girl, but turns into a bit of a badass by the end. You either shit or get off the pot, and well, she decides to shit. Metaphorically, of course.


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What’s in a name? This movie explores the summoning power of words when three college kids, Elliot, Sasha, and John move into a spooky off-campus house and unknowingly unleash a supernatural serial killer called the Bye Bye Man.

It’s kind of like Candyman for a new era. What makes it interesting is the subtle scares and the psychological downward spiral of the characters. Is there really a Bye Bye Man or is it just the characters going nuts?

There were some moments of awful acting (mostly screaming parts) and the story missed the mark a couple of times. There were some really tense moments and times when I expected jump scares, but was pleasantly surprised when the choice was made to not go with the easy terror. Instead there was a lot of building suspense and keeping the story mysterious. The ending is both perfectly fitting and bittersweet.


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What the 1922 Nosferatu couldn’t achieve due to the time period, this version does in spades. The 1979 German production directed by Werner Herzog takes the familiar story of Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) and his quest to sell property to Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) in Transylvania.

This is the art house version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and it is masterfully done. Normally, I prefer my movies to be pedal-to-the-metal action, or at least that way when they are shitty horror movies. This movie is slower, but the pacing is good. It is slow when it needs to be to sell the atmosphere and let the story breathe.

The ending is a nice climactic event with an even better twist. It leaves you with a cold, dark feeling of despair, just the way I like it.


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