(2017) Heartthrob

This film felt like watching an oral presentation someone didn’t prepare for but somehow manages to pull off, or at least someone is clapping afterwards.

It plays out in almost the exact fashion you’d expect it to but catches its footing at the very end, in an attempt to be somewhat original. It felt almost edited after completion in that aspect. Mostly because none of the romance that proceeds it seemed to demonstrate a level of intensity needed for our leading lady to overcome this kids psycho tendencies.

I think Keir Gilchrist’s next role after an autistic kid was definitely destined to be of the stalker variety. He plays his role well but is starting to fall into the one-trick pony category.

I think this film fails to understand the dynamics and allure of toxic relationships. I used to say I liked drama and mean girls. I even really meant it at the time. However, I finally found my crazy bitch and while refreshing, no one wants that shit when it’s gone.

5/10

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(1931) M

Not only is this just an incredible, nearly perfectly made film on just a technical level. It has so much more depth than almost any other film that I’ve seen thus far from this decade.

I feel like I, myself, never realized how far back people have been recognizing mental illness. I don’t mean in the specific and complex clinical sense, but more so, just in the obvious sense, certain displays that appeal to our natural, compassionate nature. Of course, in this film you do see the antithesis of that at times but really only to highlight the importance of law, reason and justice.

Absolutely fantastic film and a staple in the horror genre with really the first truly dynamic killer that comes to mind.

9/10

(1960) Village of the Damned

Fantastic. This film engages much like any great episode of The Twilight Zone in that familiar eeriness but keeps a creative sci-fi inspired depth.

The initial voice-over effects for the children can seem odd at first but that’s very much the point. Wolf Rilla finessed his way through this one with a generally sleek look, smooth camera work and effects that age (almost) timelessly.

I really loved this. This was one of those old horror films that instantly just felt like a warm blanket.

8/10

(2016) The Limehouse Golem

Mystery is a central theme here and with that, it’s always going to be hard to talk about without giving away spoilers.

I’ll just say that the performances and set design were both really strong. Beyond that, the mystery kept me guessing until the end. With the reveal, much like great mysteries, everything seemed somewhat obvious in retrospect. I don’t mean that to imply the films predictability, more so that the detail the foreshadowing was carefully handled.

I liked this one and I don’t usually go for period piece horrors. The complexity of our main character is really broken down which makes the relatively simple mystery, all the more complex. Loose ends are tied up nicely and I feel overall, plain satisfied.

7/10

(2017) Jigsaw

Saw was a really good film and so was Saw 2. The rest of the series is what I would best describe as competent shlock. It’s just the same shit over and over, which is fine if you just want to see people get fucked up. Jigsaw seriously isn’t a bad Saw movie but it’s still just a saw movie.

Jigsaw nails a lot of what made the original first few films great but still manages to feel sort of stale in retrospect, despite actually being pretty entertained by it. They combine all of the creative gore from previous films, along with the classic, clever misdirect. However, we’ve still seen all of this before, so how high can I even praise it?

For fans of the series, definitely check this one out, it’s certainly not a shit-pile. If you’re not dying to go see it though, see the director’s other film Predestination, it’s much better.

6/10

(1994) Cemetery Man

I found a surprising level of depth for this film which is in part, sort of a b-movie, except the humor, horror and romance aspects are all executed gracefully. It’s sort of like that late-night drunk meal you make just using random shit in your fridge that somehow turns out to be sort of amazing, albeit objectively shitty.

There’s some technical shit like blended CGI, mismatched prosthetic skin tones and visible wires that should have been hidden. I feel like somehow though, the kind of rough-around-the-edges production lends to the strange fluidity of the story itself.

There’s so many scenes that are just stuck in my head at the moment. Soavi crafts these absolute absurd scenarios that are obviously tongue-in-cheek but done so in such a bold and creative fashion. I’m obviously having a hard time describing them without giving away spoilers but this films humor goes far beyond slapstick comedy.

I’ve sort of come to my own conclusions and others have their own theories but the ending is undoubtedly thought provoking. I really enjoyed this one.

7.5/10

(1944) The Uninvited

It’s crazy to hear people talk about this being ultra scary or timelessly thrilling. It’s not only funny now but I imagine it was funny back then too.

The character relationships are comically whimsical and coupled with the upbeat score, I didn’t get really any “scary” vibe from it. It’s an aspect I didn’t hate though, it’s really what this film is about, the characters.

The paranormal effects were legitimately impressive too, seriously timeless. I think about the way Hitchcock did The Birds and this film from the 40’s is a prime example of what kind of effects age.

So yeah, props to the things I mentioned but all-in-all, it’s a bit boring for my tastes. It’s not bad, I just don’t care for it much.

6..5/10