October 2019

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Midnighters [2017]


         
Rotten Tomatoes = 83 / 34
Personal = 7.3


Coming home from a New Years Eve celebration, a couple hits a man on a woodlands road. While looking for ID, they discover their address in the man's wallet. Thus begins a twisted thriller full of hidden agendas, differing motives, and bad decisions among a varied assortment of characters including a psychopath that's so freakin' creepy, he was making my skin crawl ...and that's hard to do. This film never once let's you know where it's going as it drags you along for the ride. I was totally absorbed right up to the satisfying ending.

Men in Black: International [2019]


      
Rotten Tomatoes = 23 / 66
Personal = 7.1


New recruit, Agent M (Tessa Thompson), gets teamed up with Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) to save the world from the re-emergence of an alien called The Hive. This latest entry in the franchise doesn't measure up in quality to the older ones - some things appeared more forced than natural, the wit, although good, wasn't great - but it's still a really fun ride. Although they pushed her as hero and him as buffoon far too often, the chemistry between Hemsworth and Thompson that we saw in Ragnarok is still there making them a pleasure to watch onscreen.

The Tingler [1959]


               
Rotten Tomatoes = 76 / 66
Personal = 6.7


A strangely unique and goofy creature feature, from the Horror Gimmick King, William Castle, about a doctor (played with all seriousness by Vincent Price) that believes extreme fear can manifest itself into a living creature that can crush your spine and only your screams can stop it. Also features one of the first, if not THE first, LSD trip onscreen. With such an original idea, you can't help but like it and, even with the cheesy creature effects, it's really quiet effective in what it's trying to do. Grab your date, get some popcorn and enjoy!

Angel of Mine [2019]


      
Rotten Tomatoes = 68 / 96
Personal = 6.1


A woman, suffering from depression over the loss of a child 7 years earlier, sees a girl at a birthday party and becomes convinced it's her daughter. Big fan of Noomi Rapace, not a big fan of this movie. Once the story is established, the film spends it's time showing us this person may be psychotic, a stalker, a danger, a nut case, etc. But, unlike the trailer's impression, I never felt a sense of danger or that she's really going to hurt anyone, except herself, making the film just dull. The climactic twist was great making it worthwhile. The Lifetime Channel crowd will love it.

All Hallows' Eve 2 [2015]


                  
Rotten Tomatoes = - / 15
Personal = 5.2


Another anthology of horror tales that let me down. Not so much for the quality ...they were ok, even though none of the tales really stood out. My disappointment stems from some of the stories being re-edited and posted on Crypt TV's YouTube channel and I've seen them already. The wraparound story was lame, almost like that put it together as an afterthought. It was watchable and generally entertaining - certainly not as terrible as the ratings seem to indicate - but the first film was much better.

11:14 [2003]


      
Rotten Tomatoes = 92 / 76
Personal = 8.2


Superb writing highlights this bizarre exercise in synchronicity taking place in the little town of Middleton where we follow five stories, all interweaving and connecting in strange ways ultimately brought together by two horrific events that occur at exactly 11:14 pm. A masterpiece in dark comedy, everyone plays their parts with total seriousness but the absurdity of it all provides the viewer with numerous laugh-out-loud moments. You'll even be mentally making connections after the movie is over. Great entertainment.

The Command [2018]

aka Kursk

         
Rotten Tomatoes = 69 / 66
Personal = 5.7


A semi-fictionalized account of the Kursk submarine catastrophe in 2000 where the torpedo room blew up and the survivors died before they could be rescued. I don't think I'm spoiling anything as this is a historical event and the speculation of what the crew might have done in an attempt to stay alive is the focus of the film. However, their efforts weren't particularly compelling enough to outweigh the futility of their actions. That, on top of the Russian Military being more concerned with secrets and saving face, makes the whole film rather bleak.

The Angels' Melancholia [2009]

aka Melancholie der Engel

   
Rotten Tomatoes = - / -
Personal = 1.9


A group of people seclude themselves away in a deserted country castle to indulge in hedonistic perversions and misogynistic depravity. Activities include freely killing animals (non-simulated), surrounding themselves with carcasses, scat and other horrific and violent sexual acts, torturing a girl confined to a wheelchair, all while philosophizing the nature of true freedom. Pornographic, gory, perverse, disgusting, and sick, there are some that will admire this film (it won an award and does have a unique artistic flair) but I hope I never have to meet them.

House on Willow Street [2016]

aka From a House on Willow Street

   
Rotten Tomatoes = 55 / 81
Personal = 5.6


A plan to kidnap a girl and demand a cache of diamonds for her release takes a nasty turn when they find out they've interrupted an exorcism and the girl is the last person they want around. Not a particularly bad movie - plenty of jump scares, gnarly effects and a good, sinister atmosphere - but it really could have used better dialogue and something more original than the usual horror movie cliches that it relied far too much on. The climax wasn't anything to write home about, either. Generally entertaining.

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