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REVIEW: Upgrade

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Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade is a movie that will capture your imagination with futuristic technology, accelerate your heart rate with intense, heart-pounding, fight scenes and keep you engaged with a solid, consistent storyline. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Harrison Gilbertson and Benedict Hardie, the thriller is all about revenge and the consequences of certain choices, some of which are not as evil as they initially seem to be.

“A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.”

Grey (Marshall-Green) and Asha (Melanie Vallejo) are a happily married couple in a futuristic world that shows off plenty of technological advances that all seem like the natural progression of our current tech. Grey works on automobiles, while Asha works at a highly prestigious tech company.

Grey’s new client, Eron Keen (Gilbertson), is eager to show off his new tech, the ground breaking ‘STEM’ which controls virtually everything and is boasted as the next medical breakthrough, but is in need of going through some more thorough testing before hitting the market.

During their ride home, Grey and Asha suffer a car accident, leaving both alive but injured. They are dragged out of the car by a group of men led by Fisk (Hardie) and Asha is inexplicably murdered, while Grey is shot in the back of the neck with a medical tool that severs his C4 vertebrae, leaving him a paraplegic.

After struggling with grief, and his new way of life, Grey attempts to commit suicide, but is cut off by the machines that care for him before taking a lethal dose. Grey wakes up in the hospital to Eron Keen offering him a chance to regain the use of his limbs by being the first patient to use the new ‘STEM’ technology.

Following a bit of debate, Grey opts to take the surgery, hoping to regain his former body so he can help track down Asha’s killers.

While Grey is full healed, he realizes that there is a voice in his head, that of STEM, who aims to assist Grey in his quest for revenge. When Grey lets STEM take over, Grey becomes a killing machine, the perfect formula for taking out the gang that killed his wife.

However, things are not as they seem, and Grey finds himself in a more dangerous predicament then he was before.

A solid story with a solid pace, good story, and good twist at the end, make this movie a must see.

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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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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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