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REVIEW: Prodigy

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Netflix dropped a new psychological/sci-fi thriller this weekend with Mark Miller’s ‘Prodigy’, which is directed by Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, and introduces a cerebral film to the streaming service’s library.

Richard Neil, Savannah Liles, and Jolene Andersen star in the movie that tells the story of “a maverick psychologist must uncover the secrets of a gifted but dangerous young girl who has been placed on lockdown for her supernatural abilities.”

Highly regarded psychologist James Fonda (Neil) attempts to do what no other medical professional, or person, has done yet; make a connection with nine-year-old Ellie (Liles) who is under supervision lockdown awaiting euthanasia so that the science world can dissect her.

Ellie is highly intelligent, with a glaring superiority complex, but she immediately starts her psychological tug of war with Dr. Fonda as soon as he enters the room, trying to break him down before he has the chance to do the same to her.

Dr. Fonda starts to see past the massive walls that Ellie has built, emotionally, but he is up against the clock as the team in charge of Ellie wants to rid the world of the threat she poses, describing her as nothing more than a monster, and treating her as such.

The majority of the movie consists of Dr. Fonda and Ellie’ conversations in a heavily armored room, and a side story of Fonda’s battle with the people in charge.

Savannah Liles steals the show with her convincing performance and the movie, while void of any true scares or epic moments, is the kind of cerebral thriller that has a tedious build and requires dedication to see the story come full circle.

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Savannah Liles steals the show with her convincing performance and the movie, while void of any true scares or epic moments, is the kind of cerebral thriller that has a tedious build and requires dedication to see the story come full circle. 
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Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Is the Perfect Leadup to Halloween

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Netflix has released a trailer for it’s 10-episode horror series ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, which officially arrives on October 12th, and it looks like the perfect show to binge as you officially celebrate the Halloween season this October.

According to the synopsis:

“A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson‘s iconic novel, “The Haunting of Hill House” explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country.  Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.”

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Trailer Arrives for Gareth Evans’ ‘Apostle’

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Gareth Evans’ Apostle is set to premier at this year’s Fantastic Fest before heading to Netflix on October 12th, and a brand new trailer dropped showing you Hell arriving to Paradise.

In the film, “Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held for ransom by a religious cult. Determined to get her back at any cost, Thomas travels to the idyllic island where the cult lives under the leadership of the charismatic Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen). As Thomas infiltrates the island’s community, he learns that the corruption of mainland society that they claim to reject has infested the cult’s ranks nonetheless – and uncovers a secret far more evil than he could have imagined. Apostle is a harrowing occult fable where the only thing more horrifying than madness is the sinister reality behind it.

Apostle stars Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Bill Millner, and Kristine Froseth.

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Cold Skin Drops New Clip

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Xavier Gens’ film ‘Cold Skin’, which made it’s premier at the 2017 Sites Film Festival, will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in North American theaters, along with digital and VOD platforms, on September 7th, 2018, and a brand new clip has emerged hyping this week’s release.

According to the synopsis:

“On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, a ship approaches a desolate island, far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man who is on his way to assume the post of weather observer and live in solitude at the end of the earth. He finds no trace of the man he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. For the next twelve months, his entire world will consist of a deserted cabin, trees, rocks, silence and the surrounding sea.”

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