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REVIEW: Down A Dark Hall

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A stellar cast headlines Rodrigo Cortes’ ‘Down a Dark Hall’ which is now available on VOD.

The movie tells the story of: “Five emotionally fragile teens are committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted girls. Mesmerized by the intense head mistress Madame Duret, they think they have found a place where they can finally flourish academically and artistically. The mystery deepens as they break through layer after layer of misdirection to discover the true, horrifying purpose of the school.”

Katherine (AnnaSophia Robb) is problematic at school and it leads her mother, and uncomfortable stepfather, to enlist her in the Blackwood Academy with the hopes that the secluded school can help with the behavior issues they are experiencing with Katherine.
Katherine arrives to the school, which is large and rather empty, aside from the school’s staff, and the arrival of 4 other students, Izzy (Isabelle Fuhrman), Veronica (Victoria Moroles), Sierra (Rosie Day) and Ashley (Taylor Russell) who also have their own issues.The students are greeted by the head master, Madame Duret (Uma Thurman), and discover that they had been specifically, and purposely, chosen to attend the school.

Music, Math, Literature, and Art are the main classes and each student, with the exception of Veronica, find a class that brings out a hidden talent.

It doesn’t take long for the strange occurrences to start, as figures, faces, and shadows consistently lurk in the back of a good number of scenes, with a few jump scares to boot, but the film takes 30-boring minutes to get rolling towards the fun stuff, that isn’t very fun.

The story develops at a much quicker pace, assuming the slow pace of the beginning of the film didn’t put you to sleep, and the teens start having their own personal, yet terrifying, experiences of the paranormal within the house.Eventually, Katherine leads the way to uncovering the dark secrets of the academy, and discovers the true purpose of why each girl is there, which is sinister.

If you’re looking for scares, this movie has a few good jumps, and a creepy tone that will keep you interested, but the first 30-40 minutes of the movie is a hurdle you need to jump in order to get to the meat and potatoes of the film.

After a rough start, the film manages to recover and save itself from being completely terrible, to ending up being passable, although the story itself can be too convoluted for it’s own good.

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Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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New Trailer Drops for ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

A brand new trailer has arrived for ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ which gives fans an update on what Egon had been up to in recent years.

According to the official synopsis: “When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.”

The movie hits theaters on November 19th, 2021.

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Trailer Arrives for Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’

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Lost in Space

Popular Netflix sci-fi series ‘Lost in Space’ is about to embark on it’s third and final season, and ahead of it’s premier exclusively on the streaming platform this December, Netflix has dropped a brand new trailer.

“In the third and final season, the stakes are higher than ever and the Robinson family’s survival instincts will be put to the ultimate test. After a year of being trapped on a mysterious planet, Judy, Penny, Will and the Robot must lead the 97 young Colonists in a harrowing evacuation — but not before secrets are unearthed that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile John and Maureen — with Don at their side — must battle overwhelming odds as they try to reunite with their kids. The Robinsons will have to grapple with the emotional challenge of not just being lost — but being separated from the ones they love… as they face the greatest alien threat yet.”

The series, packed with 8 new episodes, makes it’s return on December 1st.

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REVIEW: Tragedy Girls

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Tragedy Girls

During this Halloween season there will be a lot of movies available for horror fans, and while a bunch of new releases will be popping up throughout the month of October, I started to dig into some horror movies that have surfaced over the past few years that I had not gotten a chance to check out.

One such movie was Tyler Macintyre’s 2017 horror/comedy ‘Tragedy Girls’, which is now available on Hulu, and stars Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandria Shipp, Craig Robinson, Kevin Durand, Jack Quaid, and Josh Hutcherson.

According to the official synopsis: “Teenage crime reporters Sadie and McKayla are hot on the trail of a crazed serial killer. After capturing the maniac and holding him hostage, they soon realize that the best way to boost their social media stardom is to commit the murders themselves.”

The movie is a fun journey through a number of horror movie tropes, and despite being somewhat hollow at points and drifting away from the finer details in certain scenes, the cast performances and the personality of the movie more than make up for it, providing an entertaining experience.

Sadie and McKayle are obsessed with building a social media presence, while also authoring a memorable killing spree that will go down in history, and the movie hilariously shows their first few murders that, by circumstance, end up looking like accidents, which upsets the girls.

The girls are intensely focused on popularity via social media platforms, and driving viewers to their website, and also socially they go through the motions to fit in, such as cheerleading and prom planning.

But it fails to land in their intended way, which forces the girls to step up their game, and get more brutal with their killings.

As their popularity grows, their mindsets appear to change, especially as a relationship evolves between Sadie and Jordan (Quaid) which drives a wedge between the girls and shifts Sadie from a psychotic killer to a caring, socially engaged student that deviates completely from her destructive path.

The kills are hilariously brutal and the story, aside from some logical bumps in the road, provides plenty to bite into that doesn’t drag the movie down.

 

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