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REVIEW: Terrifier

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One thing that Damien Leone’s ‘Terrifier’ did right was their partnership with Dread Central, which helped promote this movie and provide it the exposure to draw in more viewers.

It certainly paid off huge with this flick.

The other thing that the movie did well was it’s casting of Art the Clown, played by David Howard Thornton, who played the role perfectly, from his facial expressions to his toyful taunting of his victims.

But as far as everything else, this film misses the mark.

While the brutal kills are cringeworthy, and the special effects are definitely solid, the film goes off track too many times to really gain momentum.

The main character roles are swapped around too much, the logic of some of the story’s twists and turns seemed a bit hollow and rushed, and the character of Art the Clown seemed above the film, because, well, he was.

Art the Clown has potential to be really memorable. David Howard Thornton captured a true essence with his portrayal and it has laid the groundwork to become something much bigger.

But being caught in a slasher that loses your interest not even halfway through, will be unfortunate if it continues.

I’m a big fan of slasher films and I understand their sense of humor, I appreciate how they don’t take themselves too seriously, and how slasher flicks live in the gore and the killing, famously, and humorously, shooting for the lewd and ridiculous over a serious tone, more often than not.

But ‘Terrifier’ doesn’t seem like it’s living in the slasher genre, it seems to want to be taken seriously, relies on, what it thinks is a solid story, and navigates through this story in a confusing and perplexing way.

I read a lot of reviews regarding the film and mostly all of them rave about the potential of Art the Clown as a horror movie icon.

But the character needs a bit more than what ‘Terrifier’ delivers, he needs a movie that seems on par with what he is delivering, because had David Howard Thornton not delivered the performance that he did as Art the Clown, this movie would probably been utterly unwatchable for me, despite it’s twisted kills.

The film does offer some pretty disturbing kills and scenes, such as the death of Dawn and the plight of Victoria, but it’s not enough to prop up an otherwise sloppy film.

With that being said, the movie is worth seeing because of Art the Clown and because of some gory kills, and it will give you hope of something bigger for a horror character with a lot of potential.

But its challenging muddling through the parts of the film without gore, or Art the Clown’s behavior, and that will drag this film down, even for the experience slasher fans.

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REVIEW: Child’s Play

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While we are a bit late to the party, we did get a chance to take in the new ‘Child’s Play’, which dropped on June 21st.

Starring Aubrey Plaza (Karen), Gabriel Bateman (Andy), and Mark Hamill (Chucky) the film tries it’s hand on modernizing the 80s horror classic.

The concept of a modern Buddi doll is brilliant. A walking, interactive, and intelligent AI that can control multiple things in your home, and can help in life, gives a very strong, fresh spin on the tale.

Now, the film starts off by rushing and bumbling it’s way to the reason why Chucky is cursed, and while it’s nice that it didn’t involve any curses, it still fell very flat and seemed rather brushed aside, a big flaw.

Something a bit more detailed, and with some substance to make me care about the process would have benefited this movie in the long-run.

Despite the bumpy start, the rest of the movie plays out smoothly, and although it isn’t anything to write home about, aside from the strong concept, it checks enough boxes to earn a decent rating, basically due to Hamill’s performance, which worked so well.

I just wish there was a bit more meat on the bone.

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Despite the bumpy start, the rest of the movie plays out smoothly, and although it isn't anything to write home about, aside from the strong concept, it checks enough boxes to earn a decent rating, basically due to Hamill's performance, which worked so well.
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REVIEW: Annabelle Comes Home

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Another entry into The Conjuring universe arrived this past weekend with the release of Annabelle Comes Home.

“Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren lock the possessed doll in the artifacts room in their house. But when the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes an unholy night of terror for the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, her friends and their young baby sitter.”

The movie’s plot is setup by an appearance of the Warrens (Vera Framiga, Patrick Wilson) who remind everyone of the danger that is Annabelle.

The two investigators leave the home, where Annabelle is kept in the infamous Artifacts room, and leave their daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace) in the care of her babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman), who brings her friend Daniela along (Katie Sarife).

Daniela, who recently lost her father in an automobile accident, pushes her way into the home, and into the Artifacts room, hoping that she can use the room as a way to communicate with her deceased father.

Daniela lets Annabelle out, setting forth a wave of terrifying and horrific events that terrorize the 3 girls.

What the movie may lack in story, is made up for with the scares, which are executed brilliantly. While this is the more far-fetched story in the universe, it delivers on other fronts, where The Nun failed miserably.

All in all, worth a watch…with the lights off!

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What the movie may lack in story, is made up for with the scares, which are executed brilliantly. While this is the more far-fetched story in the universe, it delivers on other fronts, where The Nun failed miserably.
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REVIEW: Brightburn

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David Yarovesky’s ‘Brightburn’ is an intriguing thriller that puts a unique spin on the classic story of Superman, with the results turning much more sinister.

Dropping on May 24th, the film stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Matt L. Jones, and Jennifer Holland.

According to the synopsis:

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.”

The chemistry among the characters is immediately evident, as the dialogue flows in a natural manner, helping the film move fluidly along as the story unfolds.

The origins of the Breyer’s son, Brandon, is kept a mystery throughout the film, as is the origin and purpose of the voice(s) he continues to hear as he unravels into an evil entity, which makes the film that much more intriguing and interesting.

Brightburn keeps itself footed in the horror genre with some gory kills and tense moments, such as Brandon stalking a classmate, that really stand out in a movie that seems to perfectly and consistently balance the varying tones of the film.

From start to finish the film delivers and packs plenty to like in it’s 90 minute runtime making Brightburn a must see as we head towards Memorial Day Weekend.

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