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REVIEW: Wildling

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‘Wildling’ is the next debut of filmmaker Fritz Böhm, and the telling of an age-old tale in a brand new way, because, who doesn’t love a good werewolf story?

Wildling starts off strong, with plenty of build and solid base for the backstory of Anna, who was taken at birth and raised by “Daddy”, who keeps her locked up (with electric door handles to boot) and heavily medicated to prevent her from being eaten by the Wildling.

Daddy, who also happens to be the sheriff, tells Anna that the Widling has eaten all the children and she is the last one left, an effort to justify his actions to her.

As time goes on, Anna eventually ventures into becoming a woman and upon her first period, Daddy starts injecting her with something to help slow down the process.

This starts to unravel the secure environment that Daddy has built for Anna and it eventually comes crashing down, leaving both Daddy and Anna in the hospital.

With Daddy recovering in the hospital, Anna ends up in the care of another sheriff, played by Liv Tyler whose horrendous “acting” derails mostly every scene she is involved in.

I cannot stress how BAD Tyler was in this. Monotone. Unemotional. Expressionless. It was a terrible performance all the way around.

Anna is now in the home with the new sheriff and her high-school brother who she befriends and, eventually, develops a romantic relationship with.

But, Anna starts to change, becoming more like an animal.

Anna and her housemate attend a party where a class bully attempts to rape her, but Anna kills him, so now, the whole town is after her.

This is where the movie takes a nosedive.

Suddenly, Daddy is back, and despite the fact he was illegally harboring and imprisoning a child, he apparently stills holds his position and wields authority.

Despite evidence of rape, the bully is now the victim of a heinous murder, something that just doesn’t sit right with you in terms of the story playing out.

Also, if you’re a sheriff in this town, not only can you avoid jailtime for imprisoning a child and injecting her with crude medicines that constitute abuse, but you can also direct a forest fire that nearly burns down the entire forest, all so you can kill that little girl.

The movie garners a laugh when Anna and her “boyfriend” make a jump off the cliff. While the film was beautifully shot, this part was so terribly CGI’d that it’s laughable.

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If you're looking for a movie that start strong and then completely falls into an abyss of ridiculousness OR you want to see Liv Tyler's uncomfortable "performance", this is for you.
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REVIEW: IT Chapter 2

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IT Chapter 2

The wait, the anticipation, it all came to a head this week when IT: Chapter 2 finally hit theaters.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is back after 27 years, and he is more brutal than ever as he feasts on the citizens of Derry, kids and adult alike. The restart of the horrendous killing spree prompts the reunion of “The Losers” who must fight back their oppressed memories, and overpowering fear, to defeat Pennywise once and for all.

While the film is a continuation of Chapter 1 in a fluidly sewn in story, it has a much darker, more sadistic feel to it. Pennywise is far more aggressive, and the scenes in which children die, quite brutally, leave a lasting impression while reminding us just how evil the killer clown is.

If you had read Stephen King’s book, and/or watched the miniseries back in 1990, then the story that was told in IT Chapter 2 won’t come as a shock, in fact, it told more of the book than the miniseries did.

I found it interesting that the movie delved into Adrian Mellon, and the anti-gay culture of Derry, which was a meaty part of the book, something the miniseries stayed away from.

While it touched on that element of the story, it quickly veered away from it, which is unfortunate given how important it was in the overall tone of the book.

However, with a run time of 2 hours and 50 minutes, it’s easy to understand why we couldn’t fully hashout the entire book. Had this been a 3 part story, than it would have been more feasible.

The runtime itself is a marathon, but it doesn’t drag too often, keeping the audience from losing interest.

The movie takes some predictable turns and roads, but it does a good job at avoiding becoming mundane or losing volume. Grant it, it is not the same work of art that the first part was, which is disappointing, but it’s a different movie that probably wouldn’t fit that tone.

All in all, It Chapter 2 is a horror movie, much more so than Chapter 1. It brings you to a darker side of Pennywise. It makes you uncomfortable as you watch the children he preys on meet a brutal, terrifying end. It hashes out a wonderful story that makes sense, aside from the Native American tie in and the tripping, and given that this is a horror movie, it delivers in a way that exceed traditional expectations.

Any of the critics poking holes in the flow or format are likely confusing the genre.

It Chapter 2 is what you want and expect it to be. It has plenty of jump scares, it tells a solid story, it makes you cringe watching the deaths, and despite a lapse in consistent chemistry between the cast, it does a good job at rounding out, and ending, the story.

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All in all, It Chapter 2 is a horror movie, much more so than Chapter 1. It brings you to a darker side of Pennywise. It makes you uncomfortable as you watch the children he preys on meet a brutal, terrifying end. It hashes out a wonderful story that makes sense, aside from the Native American tie in and the tripping, and given that this is a horror movie, it delivers in a way that exceed traditional expectations.
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REVIEW: Ready Or Not

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Ready or Not

A game of hide and seek always seemed like a good premise for a horror movie, and many horror films have taken the spirit of the game while approaching the telling of their story.

‘Ready or Not’ is one such film, and it puts a gloriously gory spin on the age-old game.

Starring Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O’Brien, and Henry Czerny, the film tells the story of: “Grace couldn’t be happier after she marries the man of her dreams at his family’s luxurious estate. There’s just one catch — she must now hide from midnight until dawn while her new in-laws hunt her down with guns, crossbows and other weapons. As Grace desperately tries to survive the night, she soon finds a way to turn the tables on her not-so-lovable relatives.”

Sprinkle in a little cult worship, a sacrifice ritual, and some satanic worship and this film’s meat is bloodier than most.

Grace is thrust into an awful family ritual that, thanks to the bad draw of a horrible card during a game, and now has to survive once she realizes the innocent game she has known as a child is something far more sinister, and deadly.

While it seems ridiculous and campy at first glance, Ready or Not has a general understanding of how to properly flow, adding in touches of comedy, suspense, and some gory kills that keep the film moving along and void of any boring lapses.

The film was fun to watch, and kept me engaged from start to finish, making this an easy recommendation to anyone looking to for a cool horror flick to check out.

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While it seems ridiculous and campy at first glance, Ready or Not has a general understanding of how to properly flow, adding in touches of comedy, suspense, and some gory kills that keep the film moving along and void of any boring lapses.
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REVIEW: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This past weekend, and with much anticipation, Andre Ovredal’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ hit theaters.

According to the synopsis: “The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.”

Despite the promising premise, I couldn’t find anything to differentiate this film from the run-of-the-mill Goosebumps installment, which left it lacking in many areas, and buried it so deep in stupidity that not even their strong displays of special effects made this a worthwhile time investment.

I couldn’t find a reason to care about any of the main characters such as Stella (Zoe Margaret Colleti) or Ramon (Michael Garza) because this film simply failed to hold my attention.

Rooted in compelling horror stories that may have done well if done completely different, this fill clunked and bored it’s way from start to finish.

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