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REVIEW: The Happytime Murders

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The highly anticipated comedy/thriller ‘The Happytime Murders’ has been built as a raunchy, offensive comedy that is sure to entertain, and this weekend it had it’s chance to leave a lasting impression on audiences as it was released on Friday.

While the film, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Barretta, Joel McHale, Maya Rudolph and Leslie David Baker, certainly left an impression, it wasn’t a good one.

“Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.”

The film centers on the tension of the two former partners, and their disdain for one another, as they try to crack a case that forces them to reunite despite their mutual animosity. The laughs are few and far between, and when they don’t nail one of their many attempts at jokes, the movie is left floundering in a dull story, with cliches and a flow that won’t do anything other than put you to sleep.

For how excited I was, personally, to see this movie, it will be hard to top as the most disappointing flick of 2018, as it could have, and should have, been much more.

The Happytime Murders doesn’t just disappoint, it flat out doesn’t show up, giving the viewer a complete waste of time, and aiming more to put the audience to sleep than to actually entertain them, or conjure up anything more than a few rare chuckles.

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The Happytime Murders doesn't just disappoint, it flat out doesn't show up, giving the viewer a complete waste of time, and aiming more to put the audience to sleep than to actually entertain them, or conjure up anything more than a few rare chuckles.
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REVIEW: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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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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Eli Roth-Produced ‘Haunt’ Arrives in September

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‘Haunt’, which is a new film produced by Eli Roth and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writing team behind ‘A Quiet Place’, has dropped a new trailer ahead of it’s arrival.

‘Haunt’ is set to make it’s world premier at Popcorn Frights, and will head to theaters on September 13th.

According to the synopsis: “On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.”

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A Haunted Ship Sets Sail in ‘Mary’

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RLJE Films has dropped a trailer for ‘Mary’, which they recently acquired and have slated for release in theaters, and on digital and VOD on October 11th.

Starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the movie tells the tale of:

“David (Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.”

Check out the official trailer below:

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