Thursday, May 13

Sleepaway Camp

Director: Robert Hiltzik
Review: Enjoyable if formulaic slasher with some impressive prop-work and a genuinely shocking ending.

Watch it if: You're ok with some very poorly aged aspects.

And if you liked: The Burning, Friday the 13th

Monday, April 26

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Director: Simon McQuaid
Review: A fairly dull lead character doesn't manage to slow down an absolutely bonkers fun-fest of exciting ideas and crowd pleasing moments.

Watch it if: You're ok with some over the top gory action.

And if you liked: G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra


Director: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart
Review: Drags a little in the middle but carries some nice ideas and tones and filled with undeniably impressive technical feats.

Watch it if: You're interested in the craft of animation.

And if you liked: Dances With Wolves, Pan's Labyrinth, Brave

Ghost Rider

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Review: Some ok visuals here and there but riddled with baffling choices and mediocre ideas.

Watch it if: You're curious about superhero film history.

And if you liked: Steel, Constantine

Thursday, April 15

Body Double

Director: Brian De Palma

Review: Loses its grip as the revelations start to spill out but until then manages to construct tension and intrigue at an expert level.

Watch it if: You want something that's an artifact of its time in both wildly positive and wildly negative ways.

And if you liked: Rear Window, Nightcrawler, Vertigo

Friday, April 2

Godzilla vs. Kong

Director: Adam Wingard

Review: Follows a fairly similar trajectory to the previous film but still delivers plenty of big spectacle and mad ideas.

Watch it if: You're ok with fairly predictable character arcs.

And if you liked: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla (2014)

Check this out: King Kong vs. Godzilla

Wednesday, March 31

Doctor Sleep

Director: Mike Flanagan

Review: Somewhat rushed towards the end but doing interesting things with the material without dragging despite its length.

Watch it if: You're interested in something that's working to make fairly hokey ideas work.

And if you liked: The Shining

Check this out: Doctor Sleep

Coming 2 America

Director: Craig Brewer

Review: Fairly breezy victory lap of a film that's at its best when it's just enjoying what it is.

Watch it if: You have a soft spot for the people involved.

And if you liked: Coming to America, Bill & Ted Face the Music

Monday, March 15

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Director: André Øvredal

Review: One or two backwards aspects here and there but delivers a likeable cast, genuinely off-putting monster designs and a clear atmosphere.

Watch it if: You want to see something that really pushes what it can get away with in its intended age range.

And if you liked: Trick 'r Treat, It, ParaNorman

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Wednesday, March 10

Terror Train

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Review: Fairly by the numbers and has aged poorly in parts but delivers a few fun moments and weird choices.

Watch it if: You're interested in slasher films as a genre.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, The Burning, Halloween