It means nothing but it sounds good.

Hellbender (2021)

A mother and her daughter live a life almost in seclusion in a mountainous area of the United States. The adolescent Izzy only has as a friend, her mother, a woman full of secrets with whom she shares a primitive rock band. The mother does not want people to come near daughter , but Izzy manages to escape to the city several times. There she will discover that her family has a past related to witchcraft. (source: IMDB)

The movie is definitely on the slow side but it manages to create a special ambiance without ever getting too slow. It’s also different than the usual witch movies because of the special relationship between the girl and her mother.

The actors are great in their roles, Zelda Adams is perfect as both a drummer and a witch and Toby Poser manages to create a real aura of mystery around their family. The movie is written and directed by Zelda Adams (the daughter), Toby Poser (the mother) and John Adams (the uncle). Zelda Adams and Toby Poser are mother and daughter in real life too. Now I get how they managed to create such a great chemistry between them. Also, parenting done right!

I love witches and I love stories with witches, so the movie theme earns extra points for giving me a Saturday eve filled with dark magic.

All in all, I’m a fan and I hope that the Adams family (lol) makes more movies in the future.

Dead End (2003)

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (source: IMDB)

While Ray Wise did a big mistake to try a shortcut, leading his family to a grim end, I did a big mistake trusting Youtube reviews, leading our Saturday horror eve to a ditch.

Never trust Youtube comments!

It wasn’t so bad that we wanted to stop watching before the end, but we had more than a few (maybe even too many) “What the fuck?” moments. We even cried of laughter, so bad it was. It felt as if we were tripping.

I wouldn’t advise this movie to anyone, unless you’re a die-hard Twin Peaks fan and you want to see Leland Palmer cry one more time “Lauraaaaa”. Yep, his daughter in the movie is also named Laura…

Escape Room 1&2

A bunch of teens get trapped in an escape room, but is it really designed to let them escape? If you need a synopsis to know what this movie is about, I wonder how you even made it to the internet.

Both movies were entertaining enough for our Saturday horror evenings. They aren’t bad movies but Taylor Russell (Lost in Space) did most of the heavy lifting.

Since I don’t have much to say about these movies, here is a trivia:

After the death of five Polish teenagers, killed by fire in a real-life tragedy which occurred within an escape room in Poland, the release date of the film was pushed back a few months in a number of countries out of respect for the girls who died. (source: IMDB)

Scream 2022

I remember watching the first Scream in 1996 at the theatre with my friends. It was a great Saturday eve slasher, and I loved it. I can still hear the iconic “Hello Sidney”, I think that these 2 words are imprinted in a lot of minds of people of my generation. However, after my disappointment with the second and third movie, I completely gave up on the franchise, and forgot it even existed. Until a new Scream was released this year.

It was fun seeing the old cast back in action, even though I have mixed feelings about Courteney Cox. I know that getting old isn’t easy, whether your appearance is mandatory or not. Every one I know suffers the same fate, and I understand that some people try to escape the inevitability by going to a plastic surgeon. Yet, I think that in most cases plastic surgery makes things far worse than they are. Honestly, I didn’t know whether to be scared of the killer(s) or Courteney Cox’ appearance.

Regardless, Scream 5 was a fun watch and brought back a lot of memories. Don’t expect anything deep though. I pity the ones who watch a slasher movie, and write a bad review cause they expected an award winning quality. Scream is what it is, a perfect Saturday Eve horror movie, and I’m glad a 6th one’ll be released in 2023. To be continued…

Antlers

In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with an ancestral creature. (source: IMDB)

Antlers is an adaptation of Nick Antosca’s short story, “The Quiet Boy” and is Scott Cooper’s first foray into horror filmmaking. Cooper was guided by a hands-on producer and mentor, Guillermo del Toro – the “Monster Maestro” – and it shows.

The creature is impressive, terrifying even, but it’s the boy, Lucas (portrayed by Jeremy T. Thomas), who creates the entire ambiance. He’s awkward, secretive and carries his dark secret like a shadow that engulfs the entire town (which is the same town where Rambo – First Blood was shot).

The disturbing sight of a young boy in such a filthy state added to the poverty that surrounds the townsfolk contribute to keeping the horror grounded in the reality.

Antlers is the real deal, from ambiance to creature creation, it’s what horror should be.

A Quiet Place – Part II

I could copy/paste the synopsis from IMDB, but it’s useless as the plot goes like this: “Make no sound or the beasts will come for you. Oh, and humans are dangerous too”. It’s pretty much the plot of any survival movie/TV show in the last two decades. Why do I sound as unenthusiastic? I’m trying to figure this out for 3 months now and I still don’t know. Actually this post has been like an intestinal obstruction (follow this link, you won’t regret it), preventing me to write the 6 next posts that are on my todo list since January. It’s as if I couldn’t write anything as long as this post wasn’t out of the way.

But, it isn’t as bad as it sounds… I guess the movie reflects what I think about Emily Blunt. Most of the time that she plays in a movie, from Funny Games to Sicario, I’m left with absolutely no feelings. I don’t hate these movies, but I don’t like them either. (with one exception to this rule: Windchill, which I really enjoyed ). But it’s just an analogy, I don’t think that Emily Blunt makes these movies “tasteless”. However, there’s definitely a connection.

Anyway, A quiet place II is a decent sequel to an average movie. I wouldn’t advise my future self against a rewatch. I would maybe see something I didn’t during the first viewing. I definitely wouldn’t rewatch it during a great week-end though, more when I’m sick with the flu, wrapped in a blanket.

Werewolves Within (2021)

When a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community. (source: IMDB)

It would have been an average “whodunnit” movie with werewolves, wouldn’t have it been for the amazing Milana Vayntrub, another Youtube celeb who’s making her way to Hollywood. If I had to remember one scene from this movie, it would be this one:

I’ll always be an 80s fan but this make me love the 90s (a little).

The Forever Purge (2021)

This time the Purge gets out of hands and doesn’t stops after 24 hours, as white supremacists want to use it as an excuse to purify their country.

Imagine the Purge with cowboys, Indians and even Mexicans… Now imagine it not being a bad movie, actually even a pretty good one… You got the Forever Purge. Even if I miss the “my neighbours want to kill me” kind of tension, I always enjoy a Purge movie because it’s always fast paced and filled with gore, the two ingredients to one of my favourite recipes.

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin (2021)

Margot, a young woman who was abandoned by her mother as a baby, travels to a secluded Amish community with a documentary film crew seeking answers about her mother and extended family. (source: IMDB)

We’re huge Paranormal Activity fans. This franchise is our favourite in all horror, we love it so much that we do a complete rerun every summer. So the great question was, for us, to know if Next of Kin would be worthy of its predecessors.

This time, no cool Californian house, but the rural surrounding of an Amish community. So I was a bit afraid, since the trademark of the series had always been an escalating horror happening in cool places, with cool people. However, my worries were set aside as the farmhouse’s secluded and natural environment works really well with the story, making Next of Kin pretty scary.

Is this a “main story” Paranormal Activity? No. Is this a good side story in the franchise? Yes. Will we add it to our yearly rerun? Hell yeah!

The Fear Street Trilogy (2021)

Fear Street is a giant slasher movie that’s divided in 3 parts covering 3 different periods in the town of Shadyside. It starts with the most recent: 1994, then moves to a summer camp in 70s and ends with the witch hunt times (1666).

All three movies, while very different in flavour, revolve around the same curse that’s been plaguing the town of Shadyside for over 300 years.

Each of these three movies is really good but, taken together, they’re even better because the master plot that connects them is really well written. Finally a modern slasher that’s as good, if not better, as the classics.

Also, Sadie Sink is really cool.

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