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REVIEW: Hereditary

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I have waited a long time to watch ‘Hereditary’ which stars the talented Toni Collette, who seems to knock her roles in horror movies out of the park each and every time, and who made her mark on the horror world in ‘The Sixth Sense’.

The film tells the story of “when the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.”

If you aren’t interested in mild spoilers, I suggest not reading beyond this point, just scroll down to get the official Fright Nerd rating.

The film immediately sets in a tone that is undeniably creepy throughout the film, which is accentuated brilliantly by Charlie (Milly Shapiro) who leads you to believe that there is something off with her, and in a very evil way, as she does strange things, such as cutting a dead birds head off, seems detached, and makes an odd clicking noise with her mouth.

It kicks off with Annie (Collette) delivering a eulogy at her mother’s funeral, noting how she had a strenuous relationship with her mother, something that is pointed out throughout the movie. During the eulogy, Annie describes the tough life her mother had, noting the suicide of her brother who claimed their mother was trying to put people inside of him, among other tragedies.

Oddly enough, Annie would only allow her mother to get close to her daughter Charlie, which is explained as the movie plays out.

Tragedy continues to bare down stress on the family, as the unexpected death of Charlie, who is decapitated while sticking her head out the car window while her brother Peter (Alex Wolff) is rushing her to the hospital following an allergic reaction, shocks the path of the movie.

The movie then starts to weave a much deeper, darker story, and puts the audience in the position of questioning the mental state of Annie, as we have the determine if what is going on in their lives is reality, or is it a mental breakdown.

More mysteries are unraveled, adding deeper layers of intrigue to the story, when Annie meets Joan (Ann Dowd) at grief counseling sessions.

Genuinely creepy, and with scares that are executed with precision, and within the flow and tone of the movie, make Hereditary one of the best films of 2018 and a shining example of the extraordinary work that Collette delivers on screen.

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Genuinely creepy, and with scares that are executed with precision, and within the flow and tone of the movie, make Hereditary one of the best films of 2018 and a shining example of the extraordinary work that Collette delivers on screen.
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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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