(2016) Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out is the first original home invasion film I’ve seen in the past decade and one of the better ones I’ve seen period. It’s listed as a horror comedy but I think, given the other films in that category, that genre placing could seem misleading. It’s a perfectly balanced horror film that, while containing some very dark comedy, still remains really fucked up.

Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould are truly the perfect child acting pair. Levi’s performance is exceptionally stand out, mostly in the sense that he was able to convey an aura of seriousness that I rarely get from child actors.

It’s almost impossible to say anything else without spoiling the movie. Grab some popcorn and curl up to watch this one on a cold night. It’s instantly become one of my holiday favorites.

8/10

 

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(2016) Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees can seem predictable in retrospect but given the pure sincerity that comes across, I’m lead to believe the signs along the way were purposely conspicuous.

It’s a touching coming-of-age film that deals with some really difficult hurdles that can come with leaving adolescence. Things like remorse, repentance and acceptance.

I loved how good and evil were treated as autonomous forces rather than concrete traits of specific characters. The kids actually seemed like real kids, something I’ve always admired in films that do it well. It’s tough to describe and certainly not representative of idealistic childhood innocence but you know, just kids fucking up as kids do, some always worse than others.

On a technical level I really loved it. The lighting is moody but not at all blown out and saturated like so many new horror films.

That’s pretty much all I have on this one, real nice surprise. There’s some bold poetic lines that bring the cheese occasionally, however, teenagers do tend to me a bit dramatic so it’s tough to say it’s out of place.

Check it out of Netflix right now.

7.5/10

 

(2013) Curse of Chucky

Curse of Chucky is actually a totally solid entry into the series. They bring it very much back to the series horror roots, expand upon the backstory and offer a unique and entertaining film.

It’s probably the first time I’ll say I think the CGI kind of elevated Chucky himself and got rid of a lot of the box-y doll like motions from the previous films. While I love the older practical effects, if you’re going for scares, it never really works for Lil Chuck.

There’s of course, plenty of stupid shit because how could a Child’s Play movie not have some stupid shit? For the most part, it’s a competent effort.

6/10

(1993) The Good Son

I don’t know man, aside from all my preconceived notions about Culkin from growing up with the Home Alone films, this movie is still pretty goofy. It’s a fun little flick though, it is what it is.

The cover art pretty much explains the entire film. There’s no real compelling character exposition to be made, this is simply good kid vs bad kid.

5/10

(2017) Gerald’s Game

Man…alright.

I haven’t read the book but after seeing the movie I was just so dumbfounded as to why a story like this would be told this way, I had to read the plot summery. Sure enough, the film seems to at least follow the general structure of the book but I have to say, book and film alike, the ending is really bad.

I feel awful too because I absolutely loved the fuck out of this film up until the final 10 minutes. I thought it was some of the most tension filled work I’d seen in a really long time.

I don’t even know what else to say, I hated the ending and it ruined the entire foundation of the story for me.

4/10

(2017) Leatherface

The first, I’d say, maybe 3/4 of this movie is garbage. Strait up shit on almost every level. The acting is shit, the cinematography is shit and the story is shit.

However, the final sequence, maybe the last 20 min of the movie, are awesome. It’s super gory and violent. There’s even a great, clean look to a lot of the shots, utilizing popular, classic angles from the series.

I’m just feeling like this one was a total missed opportunity.

4.5/10