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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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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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Check Out the Brutal New Clip from ‘Antlers’

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Antlers

Easily one of the most anticipated horror films for the past 2 years, ‘Antlers’ is set to finally make it’s arrival in theaters on Friday, October 29th, 2021.

Starring Keri Russell, directed by Scott Cooper, and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film is based on Nick Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy”, and a brutal new clip shows what’s in store when the movie arrives later this week.

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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Season 3 Concludes This Week

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A brand new trailer has arrived for the conclusion of Season 3 of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, which will land this Thursday, October 28th, and is detailed as “The housemates grieve the loss of one of their own.”

Check out a preview for the new episode, called “The Portrait” below, courtesy of FX.

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REVIEW: Gaia

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Gaia

Earlier this year, directory Jaco Bouwer dropped his horror/drama ‘Gaia’, which just made it’s arrival on the Hulu streaming platform courtesy of XYZ Films, kykNET Films, and Film Initiative Africa, as part of their Huluween celebration.

According to the official rundown: “A park ranger takes shelter with two survivalists after an attack by mysterious creatures in a primordial forest.”

This film bursts with colorful and detailed imagery that cast ominous tones, diverse moods, and illustrates a hallucinogenic environment that is filled with unique creatures, and plantlife that takes on a life of their own.

Gabi (Monique Rockman) ventures into this forest and is immediately interwoven into the troubling dynamic of a father and son survivalist lifestyle. Barend (Carel Nel) is more of a deranged preacher high off the mushroom dust that is part of his “faith”, and demands that his son Stefan (Alex van Dyk) live a life that he determines to be pure – a secluded one away from society, reliant on the forest and the worshiping of the forest God.

Gabi attempts to convince Stefan of a world outside of the forest, one where he can grow, learn, and thrive, despite his father’s constant obsession on their forest life. As Gabi grows closer to Stefan, with oddly sexual undertones, Barend becomes more detached and intensely obsessed with the big tree in the forest which is where he makes his offerings, and is the altar for which he prays.

As the forest creatures continue to threaten, and as the forest slowly infects and kills those it selects, Gabi rushes to help Stefan escape to the outside world.

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Incredible imagery, and an unsettling tone that really sets the mood for the entire movie. Despite these strengths, Gaia struggles to be nothing more than a scrambled drug-induced "trip" which lacks consistent sense. However, it does enough to deliver a good watch, as long as you can submit to a bit of puzzling storytelling.
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