‘The Silencing’ may not have had the best rating/reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, clocking in with a 15% rating, but I found that rating to be a far cry from my experience with the movie, which may not be full of the traditional horror movie scares, but still offered plenty of thrills.
With a cast led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and starring Annabelle Wallis, ‘The Silencing’ is a gritty suspense that unravels an intriguing tale of grief, terror, and personal struggle.
According to the synopsis: “A reformed hunter and a female sheriff get caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they set out to track a killer who may have kidnapped his daughter five years earlier.”
Rayburn Swanson (Coster-Waldau) is still grieving the disappearance of his daughter Gwen, and is consumed with depression and alcoholism as he continues his search, reluctantly deals with a divorce, and struggles to come to grips with the likelihood that his daughter is dead.
Swanson, a hunter, is looking over a sanctuary that has banned hunting, but is now the setting for a dangerous, and murderous game of cat and mouse with a serial killer that may have been responsible for Gwen’s disappearance five years earlier.
As Swanson, and his dog, start to track the killer, they are joined by Sheriff Alice Gustafson, who has a number of personal issues herself, and is trying to find her way as a female sheriff in a town that isn’t so accepting.
Swanson and Gustafson reluctantly work with one another, but the layer of distrust over the other, and their ties, adds a palpable tension that grows throughout the movie, and only adds to the mystery unfolding.
Coster-Waldau carries the film, which may be a bit slow-paced to start but picks up the pace towards a distinct conclusion for all.
While it’s hard to call this a horror, it certainly presents a story of terror in many other elements, including their brutal killer on the loose.
Not the bomb that Rotten Tomatoes indicates it is, but certainly worth a watch on a night where you’re looking for some new content to consume, and a good murder mystery to unravel.
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New Trailer Drops for ‘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.
Trailer Arrives for Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’
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.
REVIEW: 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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