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Shadow [2018] Shadow People [2013] Shadows & Lies [2010]
Shallow Ground [2004] The Shape of Water [2017] Sharknado [2013]
Sharknado 2: The Second One [2014] Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! [2015] Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens [2016]
The Shawshank Redemption [1994] Shirkers [2018] Shooter [2007]
Shrew's Nest [2014] Shutter [2004] Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado [2018]
Siccin [2014] The Silence of the Lambs [1991] Silencio [2018]
Sin City [2005] SiREN [2016] The Sisters Brothers [2018]
Skeleton Man [2004] Skinwalker Ranch [2013] Skinwalkers [2006]
Skyscraper [2018] Slaughter [2009] Slaughter High [1985]
Sleep No More [2017] Sleepaway Camp [1983] Slender Man [2018]
A Slit-Mouthed Woman [2007] Slither [2006]

Siccin [2014]

aka Sijjin


A woman, with a hopeless obsession towards her cousin, turns to dark Islamic mysticism to kill his wife and family so she can have him all to herself. Things don't quite work out that way. Between this film, Baskin, and the D@bbe series, I've found that the Turks have a whole different level of horror that's far more visceral, organic and personal than most American horror making these quite a thrill to watch. The acting feels genuine and cultural, the imagery is horrific and effective and the flawless sound editing made for a very disturbing atmosphere. Bravo!

Shrew's Nest [2014]

aka Musaranas


An extremely agoraphobic and disturbed woman, and her young sister, play host to a man with a broken leg and all the secrets come out. If you're looking for a family tragedy, look no further as this is as dysfunctional as it gets. The slow pacing in the first half had me ready to turn it off but I stuck with it and there's certainly nothing boring in the last half. There were a couple of huge plot holes like, why is no one calling the police and how did she clean up so fast, but I was able to put that aside. Great acting, well constructed story and quite messy. Violently entertaining.

Slaughter High [1985]


A student is nearly killed on April Fool's via the harassment of a group of bullies. Revenge, perhaps?? With 3 writers/directors, you'd think that some skill would appear on the screen. Nay, nay! I guess they were shooting for comedy/horror but it ended up ridiculous. The dialog is 3rd grade, the acting terrible, they music painful, the scenarios were terribly cliche and contrived, and the ending rendered the whole thing meaningless. April Fool's ends at noon? Who made that rule? But, I couldn't look away ...I kept asking myself, "Why am I still watching this"?

Sleep No More [2017]


An original take on an drug experiment film. When a college sleep deprivation experiment, using a new drug, ends in a fatality, the college shuts it down. But, the school will be empty for 2 weeks so why not use the lab and experiment on themselves? Although a bit dry and long-winded at times, the tension is maintained throughout with a slowly escalating level of dread the longer they stay awake. And are those hallucinations or not? If not, what are they? Characters were realistic and sincere and the chaos is genuine. Great, edgy entertainment!

Shutter [2004]


A photographer and his girlfriend are haunted after hitting a girl in a hit-and-run. This movie had a lot going for it but the pacing was terrible. The first 30 mins were slow but they held my attention quite thoroughly Then there's about 40 mins that nearly put me to sleep ...found myself going, "Let's move this along, please." The final 15 mins were great. If they could have found a way to make a 97 min movie not feel like 2 and half hours, I would have enjoyed it much more.

The Silence of the Lambs [1991]

For those few who don't know, an FBI trainee is sent to talk to Hannibal the Cannibal to see is she can get info out of him concerning a new killer known as Buffalo Bill. Best Picture of the Year Oscar and awards for several actors and well deserving of every one of them ...an opinion I don't usually share with the Academy. Tense, complex, with two major story lines, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Ted Levine are all phenomenal. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?

The Sisters Brothers [2018]


An 1850's travelogue, from Oregon Territory into California, of two gunslingers, Eli & Charles Sisters, hired to hunt down and kill a Mr. Warm. Once again, slow and about a half hour too long, this was still quite a wonderful meandering western adventure with some exceptional performances depicting some colorful and, oftentimes, quite humorous characters. Few unexpected turns and there's a supremely torturous scene involving a spider that had me cringing and laughing out loud at the same time. Very nice!

Skinwalker Ranch [2013]


Found footage style film about a bunch of ghost investigators investigating a ranch which seems to be a hot spot for UFO and other unexplained phenomena. They were asked to come out by the ranch owner who's son simply vanished during a birthday party. Beyond a few spine tingling moments and some really nightmarish imagery, there's nothing here we haven't seen before.

Slaughter [2009]


A young woman moving away from an abusive stalker ends up living on a pig farm with a few secrets. During the first 55 mins, we get a man walking around without an arm, a bad dream and a woman that we're supposed to accept as being so totally oblivious to what's going on around her as completely normal. Then we are treated to 40 minutes of repulsive torture that results in the entire story being pointless and senseless. They were shooting for something like Frontier(s) and ended up with this asinine load of tripe.

Sin City [2005]


Extremely stylish comic book movie that is so true to it's source that it really feels like you're reading a full motion comic book. Over-the-top characters, great action, good, zany stories and a truck load of violence. All it's missing is the occasional ARGH!, POW!, and WHAM!. Excellent fan-made trailer.

Shooter [2007]


Good conspiracy thriller where certain government officials hire the expertise of one of the best snipers in the world to prevent an assassination of the president. As usual with spooky government officials, things don't go as planned. Good action and gun play sequences, the story has a few plot holes but nothing that can't be overcome by keeping tongue firmly in cheek and a nice vengeance ending pretty much sums it up. Good, exciting entertainment!

A Slit-Mouthed Woman [2007]

aka Kuchisake-onna / Carved


Light-weight Japanese horror featuring a woman, whose mouth is slit open, kidnapping kids. Mildly entertaining except there were far, far, far too many scenes where everyone just sort of sat there and did nothing ...I kept finding myself going, "Somebody do something"! The final confrontation featured everyone getting really freakin' stupid. I was totally frustrated by the time this was over. Apparently, there's a lot of versions of this urban legend. I don't think this is one of the good ones.

Shadows & Lies [2010]

aka William Vincent


When a man misses his plane, and it crashes incinerating everyone on board, he takes on a new identity and his life changes for the worst. Visually stylish art film with brilliant performances that let you know the characters intimately without really knowing anything about them at all. Despite its pluses however, every scene was tediously long and the whole thing ended up being completely pointless. In a nutshell, this movie was just plain boring with no payoff.

Skyscraper [2018]


A security expert's family is stuck in the highest building in the world when terrorists attack. This modern era Die Hard is pretty much what you'd expect it to be. What it lacks in depth of characters and story it makes up for in one outrageous cliffhanger (literally) action sequence after another. And they manage to make it all look believable even though it's ludicrously over-the-top. Impressively thrilling, severely acrophobic and quite entertaining.

Silencio [2018]


After the death of his daughter's family, including the 2 granddaughters, a scientist finds a stone that allows him to go back and save one of the granddaughters. This, of course, creates problems. It's unfortunate but the filmmakers spent the entire movie draining the viewer of every drop of emotional energy through one heart-wrenching scene after another creating an extremely painful distraction to an otherwise intelligent concept. Great acting but if they would have removed the overly long scenes of human anguish it would have made an excellent short film.

Skinwalkers [2006]


Two werewolf factions. One wants to be cured, the other doesn't. The key lies with a 13-year-old half-breed. This is really nothing more than a chase movie where the bad guys are after the kid. The fact that the pursuers and the protectors of the kid are both werewolves really don't make much of a difference as far as the story goes. It wasn't horrible ...it's just that there's nothing original here and everything in this film, right down to the make-up, is mediocre, at best.

Sleepaway Camp [1983]


A bunch of kids at a summer camp are dying one by one. I liked the ending for two reasons. First, it genuinely surprised me ...well, not who the murderer was - I figured that out. It had an additional twist I didn't see coming. The other reason I like the ending is because it signified that the movie was over ...Thank, God! And they made 4 ...count them, 4 sequels!!

Shadow People [2013]

aka The Door


A pseudo-docudrama about a radio talk show host who gets sucked into the paranormal sightings of shadow people after the unexplained death of one of his distraught callers and he begins to meltdown while others, who have listened to his show, die under equally suspicious circumstances. A few good spooky moments does not overcome the obvious problem (at least, obvious to me) that a professional CDC expert doesn't figure out till nearly the end nor the unsatisfying and unresolved, anti-climactic ending.

Sharknado [2013]


A hurricane strikes Los Angeles bringing storm surges, water spouts and tornadoes full of sharks. Totally cheesy from the dialogue to the spec fx, this completely self-aware movie doesn't take itself seriously for a minute. As such, it's garnered an incredible cult following and 4 sequels (so far). Unless you're simply unable to appreciate good quality camp, this movie is just plain fun. Bring out the popcorn!

Sharknado 2: The Second One [2014]


This time, the Big Apple experiences a big storm with lots of sharks creating havoc in mid-town Manhattan. As with the first film, it's strictly played for gags ...even paying homage to Airplane! and The Twilight Zone within the first 5 minutes. Unfortunately, the film does whatever's necessary to hit us with the next gag - like making floods disappear and re-appear at will - making everything feel forced for the sake of the gag without logic or reason. Even a goofy movie like this needs some grounding in reality for the gags to work well. Still entertaining, though.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! [2015]


The storms are getting worse and now we have a sharknado wall ready to destroy the entire eastern seaboard. What a riot! Unlike the 2nd film, which felt made up as they went along, this one has a solid story created by folks with their imaginations on steroids. Outrageously silly, intentionally goofy, with cheesy spec fx, the gags were brilliant, and the humor - refreshingly without ever once resorting to infantile bathroom jokes & pranks - was perfectly corny in all the right places. The low ratings shock me as this is genius camp executed flawlessly. Just have fun!

Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens [2016]


A pulse system has been used for the past 5 years to prevent another sharknado but now it's failing and the nation is, once again, plagued by the monstrous storms. Even though the 3rd film appeared to finally get the formula perfectly tuned, they decided to just go full tilt bozo on this one assaulting us with one outrageously over-the-top gag after another to the point of incredulity ...in a vehicle that's not all that credible to begin with. Some gags worked, a few LOL moments, nods to dozens of other films, made it fun despite in being overly outlandish and silly.

The Shape of Water [2017]


In the '50's, a mute cleaning lady befriends an aqua creature in a secret government research lab. This movie could be categorized as a sci fi, fantasy, cold war thriller but mostly it's a romance and you do have to give credit to Guillermo del Toro for taking the farcical idea of a woman falling in love with an aquaman and making it credible and realistic. The romantics among us (except, perhaps, cat lovers) are going to love this film. It's not my cup of tea but it was a good story, well made, good characters, great aquaman.

The Shawshank Redemption [1994]


A highly intelligent banker, falsely accused of murdering his wife, spends 20 years in prison suffering one calamity after another but somehow manages to find hope and redemption. For 20 years, people have told me they're amazed I haven't seen this movie ...it's just something that, for whatever, never drew my attention. So, I finally did ...and I'm very glad. Everything about this story is magnificent and the characters were amazing. Not the type of film I usually watch but I can easily see why it's regarded as a cinematic masterpiece.

Skeleton Man [2004]


A ridiculously bad yet oddly entertaining film about a guy in a skeleton suit wearing a robe that looks like a black shower curtain that switches from brand new to torn and tattered with every scene slicing, stabbing, decapitating and impaling a lot of supposedly trained military personal who couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag. Interrupt this excitement for some really bad acting and horrendous dialogue and there you have it. But, I was never bored and I actually found myself giggling at times. MST3K would have a field day with this one.

Shirkers [2018]


At age 18, in 1992, Sandy Tan wanted to make a film more than anything else. Along with a group of friends, she made a road movie in Singapore ...something no one else was doing. After creating 70 rolls of film, their director took everything and disappeared. Sandy Tan now tells her remarkable story of dreams destroyed and regained in this personal and heartfelt biography. I don't normally watch biographies but this one was well worth the time and the journey.

Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado [2018]


After the Mexican cartels are known to be smuggling terrorists across the border, a highly covert black-ops mission is established to create a war between cartels. Then everything goes wrong. Superb performances by Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, intensely realistic firefights and a constantly evolving story line makes this one far better than the first film ...which I found to be rather ho hum. Nicely done.

Shallow Ground [2004]

SPOILER WARNING: Trailer details the entire movie in less than 3 mins.

At a rural sheriff station, a naked boy shows up covered in blood and anyone touching the blood sees visions of murder. The opening credits waste no time in letting you know that you are in for a gory ride. The story was original, gruesome, and everything followed a logical course right up to its twist ending. The acting isn't great but the characters were genuine, believable people and they weren't morons! Exceptionally well made movie. If you want a preview, watch the first 30-40 secs of the trailer. Watching all of it gives away far too much.

Slender Man [2018]


High school friends conjure up a paranormal entity known as Slender Man which proceeds to make their lives miserable. This certainly isn't original horror nor does it have any depth but it certainly deserves better numbers in the ratings. The fact that the characters acted like normal, intelligent teenagers was greatly appreciated. There's really some pretty good spooks here, as well. My biggest gripe is there are scenes in this terrifying trailer that I wanted to see in context and they're not in the film. That's just cheap bait-and-switch.

SiREN [2016]


This is a full movie re-write of a short story called "Amateur Night" from the V/H/S anthology featuring the same siren / harpy character. This one involves 4 guys on a bachelor party road trip that end up at the wrong place. Although they do make some rather stupid decisions (and you know how I feel about that), there were good performances all around and the movie was sufficiently creepy to keep me wholly engaged throughout. "I like you". Yeah, definitely creepy with a good, "Oh, hell no!", ending.

Slither [2006]


Before making the Guardians of the Galaxy films (and then unjustly fired from Marvel / Disney before being rehired again), James Gunn wrote and directed this little gem about an alien creature who inhabits a host and uses it to create thousands of slugs that inhabit everyone else ...and they really have an appetite. A perfect mix of gross, gory and giggles, this movie is just plain fun if you can handle the bloodshed which, for some, can be difficult ...especially if you're an animal lover. Nothing overt but a lot of animals meet their demise here.

Shadow [2018]

aka Ying


A commander from one province challenges the ruler of another to a dual in an attempt to take back control of the city of his birth. The acting is good and the photography, done in a desaturated style, is incredible and very artistic ...but those are the only compliments I can give it. It only has one action sequence (about 10 mins) that was certainly unique but not particularly thrilling. The rest of the film bored me to death with extended scenes of conversation reminiscent of a soap opera in desperate need of something to fill the empty spaces.

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