STRANGER THINGS (Season 1) – Turning the 80’s up to ELEVEN

If you read no further in this review, please take away this. You need to watch Stranger Things, and you need to watch it now. Go home now and binge the eight-episode┬áNetflix original. Not because the story does anything new. It doesn’t. If you’ve seen, Jaws, E.T., The Goonies, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, Scanners, The Thing, Alien, The Twilight Zone, or The X-Files, you’re going to recognize some of the moments, concepts, tropes, themes, and iconography that made those properties so famous. The reason you need to see…

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GREEN ROOM – “It’s not a conspiracy. It’s a clusterfuck.”

You had me at “Patrick Stewart: White Supremacist.” Green Room is an unconventional horror film, which succeeds by making believable and uncompromising decisions about how it plays out. To avoid spoilers, I’ll stick with the official log-line: “After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.” 

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Logan Marshall-Gree as Will in The Invitation review 

THE INVITATION – Killer Party, Man

Have you ever tried to socialize while you were severely depressed? Have you ever been to a social event hosted by an ex and been forced to meet her awkward new friends? Have you ever thought you had been invited to a party as a pawn in a nefarious plan? If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing all these at the same time, let The Invitation be your guide! 

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John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 10 Cloverfield Lane review 

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE – A Masterpiece With Manipulative Marketing

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is not a sequel, prequel, sidequel, or any other “quel” to Cloverfield. Director Dan Trachtenberg, (whose only previous credentials were the direction of a Portal fan film,) called the film a “blood relative” of Cloverfield before his movie’s release, and Producer J.J. “Mystery Box” Abrams has since clarified that they were never meant to exist in the same universe. The current comparison is that they are as similar as one episode of The Twilight Zone to another. The title is meant to promise a weird, suspenseful, and possibly apocalyptic tale, and nothing more.

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The Witch - Anya Taylor-Joy review 

THE WITCH – This Film Weighs the Same as a Duck

In an interview with Birth.Movies.Death,* Writer/Director Robert Eggers described what was special about his runaway Sundance hit, THE In an interview with Birth.Movies.Death,* Writer/Director Robert Eggers described what was special about his runaway Sundance hit, THE VVITCH, “I was trying to do my best interpretation of what I thought a lay family from 1630 in New England might have experienced if their beliefs were real.” THE VVITCH is psychological horror for a patient and discerning audience. It doesn’t rely (exclusively, at least) on musical queues, jump scares, and boogeymen to ensure a feeling of persistent dread. It expects its audience to come hither, rather than appealing to what demographics say you’re already into.

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