90 Sec Review: Shook

When Mia, a social media star, becomes the target of an online terror campaign, she has to solve a series
of games to prevent people she cares about from getting murdered. But is it real? Or is it just a game at
her expense?

The Players

  • Director:   Jennifer Harrington
  • Writer:  Jennifer Harrington, Alesia Glidewell 
  • Cast: Daisye Tutor, Emily Goss, Nicola Posener, Octavius J. Johnson

The Good (non spoiler)

The premise of the film is great although very similar to  Eugene Kotlyarenko’s Spree. Not to take anything away from director Jennifer Harrington. Social horror of genre is becoming more and more popular from Jordan Peele’s Get Out to Rob Savage’s Host. In this story we follow Mia (Daiye Tutor) a self involved social media influencer that is only concerned with her public perception. Harrington’s integrations of chats, calls and character development was refreshing!

The Bad

The movie starts off with one narrative that I was on board with. However when we get to the third act we hop on a different ride all together. While I understand what the movie was building to, once I got to villain of the movie I wasn’t vested in the killer in any way shape of form. Finding myself thinking the end it running too long!

Final Thoughts

Shook comes to Shudder on February 18th. It’s a good movie all around and I wouldn’t mind a sequel.

90 Sec Review: A Nightmare Wakes

While composing her famous novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley descends into an opium-fueled fever dream while carrying on a torrid love affair with Percy Shelley. As she writes, the characters of her novel come to life and begin to plague the relationships with those closest to her as the shadow of her monster threatens to overcome her.An unsettlingly intimate portrayal of a brilliant artist at her most troubled, A NIGHTMARE WAKES traces the tortured birth of a timeless masterwork and the rightful ascension of its creator to stand alongside her creation.

The Players

  • Director:   Nora Unkel
  • Writer: Nora Unkel
  • Cast :Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Philippe Bowgen, Claire Glassford

The Good (non spoiler)

This is defiantly a dark gothic narrative tale that blends Mary Shelley’s personal life and creation of her classic novel. You can tell that Nora Unkel really has a love and understanding for Shelley’s work and it translated perfectly to screen. Unkel has crafted a intimate story that grips you as watch Shelley struggle with love, loss and eventually her sanity. The coloring in the film is also commendable as well!

The Bad

The audio for me(maybe my TV) was really low and at times some words were inaudible for me. There aren’t any scares in the traditional sense but I’m not sure in you need it. Watching Mary Shelley’s unraveling throughout the proved captivating enough.

Final Thoughts

A Nightmare Wakes comes to Shudder on February 4th. It’s a good movie to make your snacks, turn off all the lights, grab a comfy blanket.

Spooky Season is Here!

It’s September 1st and halloween season has begun! It’s time to decor you rooms, house, and lawns with everything halloween. Break out all of your favoritve spooky. films, make that trip to your local Spirit Halloween store and prepare for social media oversharing. The later, I say in good fun sharing is celebrating for sure.

For myself I have already started shopping online everything from the Friday the 13th boxset from Scream Factory to vampire blood everything from bath and body works. In addition I will be watching 60 days of horror movies. Kicking it off with Countess Dracula although I definitely thought I was going to watch Day of the Dead(78). Until I saw the Shudder has it streaming. I love physical media but after a long day of work. Streaming sometimes take priority on what horror I’m watch. That being said, Shudder has pack September full of content.

Review: THE SHED 2019

New to Shudder this week a high school vampire horror movie. While The Shed isn’t going to be the next Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The tale is much darker highlighting the less glofied experience of high school and teenage home life. Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a ravenous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind.

The Players

  • Director :Frank Sabatella
  • Writer:Frank Sabatella, Jason Rice 
  • Cast : Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen 

The Good

Sabatella take his time building tension detailing plot mechanisms the set up gory kill after kill. The dialogue between actors seems genuine, like exchanges kids would have. The Shed really is the star of the flim. The efforts that Stan goes through to keep this vampire contained.

The Bad (mild spoilers)

Unfortunately there a couple or plot points that have zero payoff. The audience never finds out what happened to Stan’s parents. Throughout the film we see Stan longing for them but that’s about it. If you’re looking to find out how the vampire came to be in the forrest or new vampiric mythology in general. There’s no explanation offered although, the movie at times makes you film like something bigger going on.

Final Thoughts

The Shed is a good and gory teenage horror movie. The film does a great job with the cinematography. The story will leave you wanting to know more. Otherwise the movie does some neat things and build tension very well. It’s definitely worth a watch but doubt it will get a rewatch.

Review: The Beach House 2019

Shudder’s The Beach House follows a college couple, Randall (Noah Le Gros)and Emily (Liana Liberato), who travels to his father’s beach house. The film starts as a regular weekend away at first, but they realize that there are other house guests. An older couple of family friends that have let some time lapse since their last interaction with the family. Initially, an awkward interaction, the other couple convince Randall and Emily to stay and invite them for dinner. 

Randall suggests that after wine runs out, they should all have some edibles, to keep the evening going. Once the edibles kick in, they start to trip. This harmless weekend starts to take a turn. The edibles hit everyone a little differently. When Mitch (Jake Weber) and Jane(Maryann Nagel), the older couple, start to see a weird luminous effect in the air and water, It’s hard to tell if t’s just them tripping or possibly some more at hand. From here on out, the weekend begins to become a nightmare. Mitch and Jane start acting erratically. The movie quickly takes on all the feels of “The Mist” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” 

Something is going on in the small beach community! Hiding in fog or possible in the water. Intentionally left ambiguous to the audience imaginations, following Emily as she tries to survive the night. The Beach House sprinkles impressions of a very modern Lovecraft storyline. 

The film itself has a lot of incredible practical effects. If there is any CGI used, it’s executed flawlessly. Shudder has chosen the perfect movie to interrupt fans wishing they get to go to the beach this summer instead of quarantining at home. The Beach House is a fun watch, with no cheap scares! Just a good old eco-horror that engulfs you in the mist while trying to figure it out.

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