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REVIEW: Eli

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Netflix has been on a roll with their release of original content, and the latest thriller rolled out to the masses of subscribers is Ciarán Foy’s ‘Eli’.

Starring Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, Kelly Reilly and Sadie Sink, the film tells the story of; “A boy becomes trapped in a haunted house while undergoing treatment for a rare disease.”

Eli is stricken with a rare disease which makes him pretty much allergic toi everything. As his parents struggle to find a cure, they come across a method used by Dr. Isabella Horn that promises a cure, the only thing is, Eli will be subjected to unusual, and sometimes brutal, procedures during his stay at the facility, an old mansion.

As Eli’s treatment progresses, so do his visions of the evil dead that haunt the house.

Unfortunately, a proper setup that seems pretty organized falls apart swiftly, as the movie completely unravels due to poor organization and explanation of anything important.

Boasting good performances and what seems like a good base for an intriguing horror tale, Eli falls victim to itself. While the visuals of the ghosts are certainly worth checking out, you finish the film asking what the heck anything meant, rather than ready to suggest it to a friend.

The film relied too heavily on imagery, and a strong cast (which Charlie Shotwell stood out), deviating from any sensible approach to story telling even at it’s most basic form.

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Unfortunately, a proper setup that seems pretty organized falls apart swiftly, as the movie completely unravels due to poor organization and explanation of anything important.
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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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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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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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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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