Tuesday, October 15

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Director: Stacie Passon

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5952138

Review: Relatively light on story but makes up for it with a likeable cast and good instincts for eccentric performance.

Watch it if: You want something that can be laugh out loud funny despite not technically being a comedy.

And if you liked: Stoker

Check this out: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Monday, October 14

Terrifier

Director: Damien Leone

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4281724

Review: A few decent moments and images but nothing really holding them together except a fairly standard and unoriginal tone.

Watch it if: You're not that worried about a story or theme.

And if you liked: Saw, Holidays, Maniac (2012)

Friday, October 11

Joker

Director: Todd Phillips

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7286456

Review: A decent performance buried in a futile, sad, and frankly pathetic attempt to appear smart.

Watch it if: You want to see something desperately begging you to be provoked or offended.

And if you liked: Choke, My Friend Dahmer

Thursday, October 10

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Director: Osgood Perkins

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5059406

Review: Has some interesting ideas and images but is held back by a molasses pace and unclear characters.

Watch it if: You want something a little obtuse.

And if you liked: Nocturnal Animals, The Innkeepers

Tuesday, October 8

Season of the Witch

Director: George A. Romero

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069239

Review: Doesn't fully land but still contains plenty of interesting filmmaking and ideas.

Watch it if: You're interested in Romero's work outside of his big famous ones.

And if you liked: Martin, Rosemary's Baby

Monday, October 7

Possum

Director: Matthew Holness

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6081670

Review: Revolves around a deeply unsettling piece of imagery with just enough intrigue and thrust to keep it going.

Watch it if: You want something a little more cerebral but not too obtuse.

And if you liked: Spider, Pin, Martin

Check this out: Possum

Friday, October 4

The Haunting (1999)

Director: Jan de Bont

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0171363

Review: Starts strong with genuinely breathtaking sets but loses itself to nonsense melodrama and over-use of visual effects around the halfway mark.

Watch it if: You want to see what it looks like when a film has too much money.

And if you liked: Thirteen Ghosts, The Others

Check this out: The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting

Thursday, October 3

The Nun

Director: Corin Hardy

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5814060

Review: A fairly predictable run-through of familiar beats and ideas that occasionally hints at being a far weirder and less mainstream film than it ends up being.

Watch it if: WATCH IT IF

And if you liked: The Omen (2006), Exorcist: The Beginning

Wednesday, October 2

The Ritual

Director: David Bruckner

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5638642

Review: Doesn't fully land its ending but still succeeds in building a strong atmosphere and tone with clear cut characters and creepy ideas.

Watch it if: You want something that doesn't rewrite the book but reads it well.

And if you liked: Severance, The Descent, The Blair Witch Project

Check this out: The Ritual

Monday, September 30

The Day Shall Come

Director: Chris Morris

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7078658

Review: Manages to revel in the inherent silliness of its characters without mocking them while delivering a cold bucket of water regarding the reality of modern authority.

Watch it if: You're ok with something funny also having an emotional gutpunch.

And if you liked: Four Lions, In the Loop