I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Oz Perkins Directed by: Oz Perkins I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House plays out as a chilly haunted house thriller with a literary twist. It's something a writer might gravitate towards given the film's concept-heavy plot, but an over-reliance on mood and atmosphere, not to mention some really pretentious dialogue, also … Continue reading I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

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The Disappointments Room

Release: Friday, September 9, 2016 [Theater] Written by: D.J. Caruso; Wentworth Miller Directed by: D.J. Caruso I would be more upset about the way this anti-thrilling psychological thriller turned out but I brought this upon myself. I knew what Rotten Tomatoes had said about it. I knew no one was talking about it. No one was in the … Continue reading The Disappointments Room

Pod

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Mickey Keating Directed by: Mickey Keating The tradeoff for watching a movie as pointless as Pod is it won't be very taxing on your daily schedule. A scant hour-and-fifteen-minutes long, this half-baked story struggles to justify the full-length feature treatment and despite a few genuinely skin-crawling moments it fails to justify … Continue reading Pod

Clown

Release: Friday, June 17, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Jon Watts; Christopher D. Ford Directed by: Jon Watts Jon Watts' body horror film, a production slotted directly between his much-acclaimed debut thriller Cop Car and his shot at making Spider-Man cool again (again) is simple and direct. Unfortunately Clown is so stripped down it pretty much fails to register at … Continue reading Clown

The Neon Demon

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn; Mary Laws; Polly Stenham Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Elephant in the room: there are more lines of dialogue in Nicolas Winding Refn's new film than there were in his last. That wasn't enough to stop The Neon Demon from scoring Refn his second-straight booing at the Cannes … Continue reading The Neon Demon

Baskin

Release: Friday, March 25, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Can Evrenol; Ogulcan Eren Akay; Cem Ozuduru; Ercin Sadikoglu Directed by: Can Evrenol This review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. It's another underground foreign film that I have heard few, but interesting, things about and I'd like to thank James for the opportunity to … Continue reading Baskin

The Conjuring 2

Release: Friday, June 10, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James Wan; Carey Hayes; Chad Hayes; David Leslie Johnson Directed by: James Wan The horror event of the year has arrived and no one is safe. Not the Warrens from nightmarish visions; not the British family whose home turns into a petri dish for malevolent spirits; not James Wan from criticism. … Continue reading The Conjuring 2

Green Room

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier Jeremy Saulnier continues to polish the edges on his unique brand of filmmaking in 2016. Green Room is electrifying. It's intense. It's bloody. It's raw. It's wrong. But man, is it watchable. And I'm liking the theme here: last time it was Blue Ruin . . . now it's Green … Continue reading Green Room

Hellions

  Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Pascal Trottier Directed by: Bruce McDonald So if your 'Netflix-and-chill' night ever came down to a choice between sitting in total awkward silence and putting on a movie called Hellions, you'd be better off trying your luck with complete silence. Go ahead, make it as uncomfortable as possible … Continue reading Hellions

Hush

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Mike Flanagan; Kate Siegel Directed by: Mike Flanagan What you don't hear definitely can hurt you in Hush, Mike Flanagan's second consecutive exploration of the human sensory system and how much we depend on it, especially in stressful situations. In 2013 Flanagan emphasized, even obsessed over visual stimuli, how one's mind … Continue reading Hush