What I’ve watched lately: ‘I Trapped The Devil’, ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’, ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’, ‘A Ghost Story’, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’, ‘The Innocents’

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Still from The Killing of a Sacred Deer (A24)

Let’s catch up: Behold a list of (mostly) fantastic films I have watched recently.  (Embarrassed to admit that many of these were a first time watch– SO late to the party.)  Regardless– even though each and every one of these deserves an individual, in-depth, analytical review– for the sake of time, I’ll sound off some quick thoughts about each film, and why you should catch up with these jewels (or yell at me because I hadn’t seen many of these until recently.)

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Sharp Objects gives us an abrupt, gut-punch of a series finale (Spoilers, Originally published by Nightmarish Conjurings)

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Camille (Amy Adams) is haunted by many things in her past, including her dead sister Marian. (HBO)

From its visceral images of Southern gothic aesthetic, its kinetic use of blink-and-you-will-miss-it memory flashbacks, and its brilliant dramatic acting from the likes of Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina, HBO’s murder mystery hit of the summer, Sharp Objects, came full circle Sunday night, as we (SPOILER ALERT) discovered that the murderer of Wind Gap’s two young girls has been none other than kid sister/teenage femme fatale, Amma (played by breakout star Eliza Scanlen).

For those who read Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, this did not come as a surprise…and to be honest, this really should not have been a shock to those who went into the series completely cold, either.

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The importance of horror film ‘Get Out’ winning an Oscar, an otherwise notoriously snubbed film genre

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Sunday night at the 90th Academy Awards, comedian/writer/director Jordan Peele made history, as he accepted a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his little social-thriller-movie-that-could, Get Out.  Perhaps because of the current push of the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” equality/inclusion movements happening in Hollywood at the moment, the Academy took notice of this small budgeted, Blumhouse-produced, indie horror movie- that those of us who live, breathe, and die horror had been waiting for months before its actual release in February 2017.   Continue reading

Better Watch Out: an…okay…Christmas horror film (spoilers)

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Ed Oxenbould, Ashley DeJonge, and Levi Miller in Better Watch Out (Well Go USA)

Eh. Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out tried hard.  It really did.  It’s not bad at all, but it comes up short as the “instant holiday classic home-invasion movie” that I’ve seen it being described as.  What I would describe as a slightly-better-than-mediocre cross between Home Alone and Funny Games,  Better Watch Out is a story about two douchebag preteen boys (Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould) who are trying to get the weirdo, precocious boy of the pair Luke (Levi Miller) hooked up with their cute babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) that is a few years older than them- (why do middle school-aged boys need a babysitter to begin with?)– when they begin to suspect they are being targeted by home invaders…or so they think (*insert eyeroll emoji*).

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The VVitch: slow, but worth the fiery climax 😈🔥

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Image owned by A24 Films

I’m about a year-and-a-half late to the party, but Robert Eggers’s The Witch, (stylized as The VVitch) is a sloooooow burn, but rewards those who stick it out until the awesome, blazing climax.  The Witch stars Ana Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie as an ostracized Puritan family, set in the richly historic 17th century New England (yes, around the Salem Witch trials period).  Tensions arise, and this deeply religious family reaches closer and closer to the brink of falling apart. Continue reading

Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year… 

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For those of us who get off on hanging (fake) severed body parts on our front porches and placing our creepy Chucky dolls behind our bathroom doors to scare the shit out of our more timid friends as they open the door (just me?) Halloween truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  If you’re a total friggen nerd like me and schedule your Halloween/October plans by mid-July, you probably prepare a playlist of your favorite Halloween songs for when the clock strikes midnight on October 1st and you’re decorating your black “Halloween tree” while you wear your Michael Myers mask (again, just me??).

I’ve compiled a playlist of some of my favorite songs to listen to during this time of year for your listening pleasure.  Some have lyrics directly relating to Halloween; some are from of my favorite movies to watch during this time of year (or any time of year, really); and some are neither, but for one reason or another, they are dark and weird, and quite fitting for October feels.  Enjoy…

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