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REVIEW: Pet Sematary

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Stephen King’s books are being made into films again, this time in the form of re-makes from the 90s originals.

The latest of King’s work to get the re-boot treatment is ‘Pet Sematary’ which arrived back in 1989 and was very well received for bringing the shocking terror to life on the big screen.

Fast forward to 2019, and ‘Pet Sematary’ is the next in line to get the reboot treatment, following the massive success of ‘IT’ back in 2018.

“Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbour Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.”

Not much changes in terms of the story from the original, which holds this film back as the changes it does make seem like changes for the sake of making changes.

It’s not expected that the film would deviate too much from King’s book, because why fix what isn’t broken, but it departs from a lot of the elements, pacing, and scenes that made the first film that iconic horror film it was.

I was a fan of John Lithgow’s performance as Jud Crandell, but Jason Clarke completely bored me in his role of Louis Creed.

His performance seemed like a dramatic line reading more than a true cinematic performance and he failed to convey any true emotion, leaving the tone of this terrifying story….lost.

Pet Sematary tries to become it’s own film in meaningless ways that do nothing to further or enhance the film.

To get this story wrong is one thing, but this film, which “killed it” in the trailers, managed to take a classic movie, and book, it make it forgettable.

It’s hard to identify the main fault of the film, as there are far too many, but this film is not befitting of one of King’s masterpieces, and that is a true shame.

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It's not expected that the film would deviate too much from King's book, because why fix what isn't broken, but it departs from a lot of the elements, pacing, and scenes that made the first film that iconic horror film it was. It's hard to identify the main fault of the film, as there are far too many, but this film is not befitting of one of King's masterpieces, and that is a true shame.
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REVIEW: Brightburn

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David Yarovesky’s ‘Brightburn’ is an intriguing thriller that puts a unique spin on the classic story of Superman, with the results turning much more sinister.

Dropping on May 24th, the film stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Matt L. Jones, and Jennifer Holland.

According to the synopsis:

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.”

The chemistry among the characters is immediately evident, as the dialogue flows in a natural manner, helping the film move fluidly along as the story unfolds.

The origins of the Breyer’s son, Brandon, is kept a mystery throughout the film, as is the origin and purpose of the voice(s) he continues to hear as he unravels into an evil entity, which makes the film that much more intriguing and interesting.

Brightburn keeps itself footed in the horror genre with some gory kills and tense moments, such as Brandon stalking a classmate, that really stand out in a movie that seems to perfectly and consistently balance the varying tones of the film.

From start to finish the film delivers and packs plenty to like in it’s 90 minute runtime making Brightburn a must see as we head towards Memorial Day Weekend.

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Brightburn keeps itself footed in the horror genre with some gory kills and tense moments, such as Brandon stalking a classmate, that really stand out in a movie that seems to perfectly and consistently balance the varying tones of the film.
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REVIEW: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

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Last week, Netflix’s long-awaited film that centered on infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, premiered and it was met with mixed reviews.

According to the synopsis: “A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.”

Zac Efron dazzles in his role of Bundy, creating a magnetic like-ability that made the real-life Bundy so appealing in the media. Efron, from angles, even looked eerily similar to Bundy, making his performance that much more powerful.

However, despite the performances of Efron, and Lily Collins (Kloepfer) this film seems “off”, muddying itself into a controversial arena that almost invokes sympathy for Bundy, one of the most evil and brutal killers in America history.

While it’s fair to argue that portraying Bundy this way accurately tells the story, as that is what made him so fascinating and captivating, the film spends too much time on certain events while brushing past others, creating a very odd and confused dynamic..

Directory Joe Berlinger seems to want to do so much in so little time, and although this was told from a certain perspective, it still deviates from that perspective to tell other details and stories, losing grip and direction of the film’s intent in the process.

While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.

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While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.
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New Trailer for ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Is Here

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A brand new trailer for Jon Knautz’s ‘The Cleaning Lady‘ has arrived ahead of it’s release from RLJE Films on June 4th.

According to the synopsis:

“On the surface, Alice seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he’s married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to cleanher house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice’s entire life and will stop at nothing until she’s done.“

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