47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down is a 2017 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera, and starring Claire Holt and Mandy Moore. The plot follows two sisters who are invited to cage dive while on holiday in Mexico. When the winch system holding the cage breaks and the cage plummets to the ocean floor with the two girls trapped inside, they must find a way to escape, with their air supplies running low and great white sharks stalking nearby. The movie was released in the United States on 16 June 2017, and in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017. The film received mixed reviews but was a box office success, grossing over $62 million worldwide against a budget of about $5 million.

Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are on vacation in Mexico after Lisa’s boyfriend recently broke up with her. They decide to go watch sharks from a diving cage with two local men. At the docks, Lisa is wary of the boat and its owner, Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine). Kate is a certified diver, but Lisa is new to diving. They lie to Taylor and tell him that Lisa is experienced. Unbeknownst to everyone, the cable supporting the cage is fraying. The two men go first and then the two ladies – which is when the the cable breaks – and the cage sinks to the bottom which is 47 meters below the surface and out of communication range with the boat.

Kate swims up seven meters to resume communication with Taylor, who tells her that Javier will be coming down with a spare winch cable to attach to the cage. He advises them to stay in the cage because the sharks are close by. Both women are running out of air but soon see a flashlight in the distance. With Kate low on air from the previous swim, Lisa swims out to get Javier’s attention. A shark tries to attack her but she avoids it. Lisa becomes disoriented about her position. Javier attempts to usher her back towards safety, but he is killed by a shark. Lisa takes his spear gun and the winch cable and swims back to the cage. The spare cable is attached but it also snaps and the cage sinks back down, landing on Lisa’s leg and pinning her. Kate tells Taylor they are low on air and Lisa is trapped.

He sends air tanks down and tells them the coast guard is an hour out. He also warns that the second tank may cause nitrogen narcosis, which can lead to hallucinations. Kate finds three flares to signal the coast guard. As she returns to the cage, she is attacked and presumably killed by a shark. Lisa uses the spear from the spear gun to pull a tank toward her and dons it, getting more air. Kate is injured and her blood is attracting more sharks. Lisa uses her BCD to lift up the cage, freeing her leg. Due to the nature of Kate’s wounds, the sisters decide to swim to the surface, using one of the flares to scare off the sharks. At the 20-meter mark, Taylor reminds them they must wait five minutes to decompress and avoid the bends. Kate accidentally drops the second flare and lights the third, discovering that they are surrounded by sharks.

Taylor yells for them to drop their gear and make a break for the surface, and they swim as fast as they can. One of the sharks bites Lisa’s leg but she escapes. Both women make it to the boat but Lisa is attacked again. She sticks her fingers in the shark’s eye and it releases her. The men pull the sisters onto the boat, saving them. Lisa then realizes that she has been hallucinating all this time due to nitrogen narcosis; she is still at the bottom of the ocean with her leg pinned under the cage. Coast guard divers arrive to rescue her and carry her to the surface. Lisa comes out of her hallucination and realizes that her sister is not with her, having already been killed by the shark.

Entertaining and sad at the end, it’s a good shark attack/survival movie. Tension filled but I kinda knew that one of them would die and in the vein of most such movies, it is Kate who is killed. So it’s kinda predictable but enjoyable. 7 outta 10!

In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass is a 2019 Canadian supernatural horror drama film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilbertson, Avery Whitted, Will Buie Jr. & Rachel Wilson. It is based on Stephen King and Joe Hill’s 2012 novella of the same name. The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 20, 2019. It was later released on October 4, 2019, by Netflix.

Siblings Becky and Cal DeMuth travel to San Diego so that 6-months-pregnant Becky can give up her baby for adoption. While stopping outside an old church, the pair hears a young boy named Tobin call for help from a nearby field of tall grass. the pair enters but quickly gets separated and finds that their distance from one another changes strangely. Increasingly panicked, the pair decides to leave but are unable to locate the road. Night falls and Cal stumbles across a bruised and dirty Tobin holding a dead crow, who claims the grass won’t move dead things and buries the bird in the path. Becky encounters Tobin’s father, Ross, but they get separated in the grass. Tobin leads Cal to an ancient rock in the field and encourages him to touch it, but they are interrupted by Becky’s scream as she is attacked by an unseen figure.

Meanwhile, the father of Becky’s child, Travis, arrives looking for her and Cal. He finds their car parked outside the church and decides to investigate the field of grass, eventually stumbling across Tobin who leads him to Becky’s rotting corpse. As Travis grieves, he loses sight of Tobin. At the same time, a seemingly earlier version of Tobin arrives at the church with Natalie and Ross. Hearing Travis, who is now calling out to Tobin, their dog Freddy runs into the grass and the family runs in after him where Travis hears Tobin and looks for him. The family panics and scatters, with Ross stumbling across the rock and touching it as night falls. Morning comes and shows Becky and Cal re-entering the grass as they investigate Tobin’s cries. Tobin states that Freddy was killed. Knowing that the grass does not move dead things, Travis instructs Becky and Cal to move toward Tobin and all four find each other. Travis tells Becky and Cal that they had been missing for two months.

The group walks to a building that they see while Beck receives a call from someone who is very distressed.  As they walk, the grass seemingly enters Becky’s uterus and she passes out, only to be revived by Ross, who then reunites with Tobin as the sun goes down. Ross leads them to the rock where they are confronted by a startled Natalie who claims she saw Becky’s corpse earlier. She then warns them not to touch the rock. Ross gets more and more agitated until the others decide to leave. He wounds Travis and kills Natalie before pursuing the others, claiming the rock showed him the truth and the way out, but that he doesn’t want to leave. Becky, Cal, Travis and Tobin reach the abandoned building and while scouting, Travis and Cal discover that Freddy has managed to escape the field via a “hole” that leads to the road. A jealous Cal, who is implied to have incestuous feelings for Becky, lets go of Travis as he slips, causing him to fall off the roof. Tobin witnesses this and flees into the field when Ross follows them to the roof.

Becky refuses to leave Travis and goes back and as Cal flees, Cal is strangled to death by Ross and it is revealed they are in a time loop, permanently being hunted by an insane Ross in the grass. Travis has survived the fall and goes searching for Becky. They can hear each other on opposite sides of the field and Becky admits she was going to give up the baby for adoption. Becky is attacked by Ross but escapes after stabbing him in the eye as a thunderstorm begins. Becky is confronted by Grass Creatures who carry her to the rock which has prophetic markings relating to Becky’s pregnancy. After seeing a horrific vision underneath the rock, Becky frantically makes a phone call, pleading for her past self to prevent Cal from hurting Travis. Becky then passes out. She awakens to find Cal caring for her, but she is actually hallucinating and it’s actually Ross, and feeding her with what is revealed to be her baby.

Moments later, Travis stumbles across Becky’s unconscious body. Tobin finds him and they are confronted by Ross, who mortally wounds Travis. As Ross tries to make Tobin touch the rock, Becky attacks Ross and scratches out his other eye with her necklace, before dying from her wounds. Travis kills Ross and then realizes the only way to understand the grass is to touch the rock. Travis touches the rock and sees a series of strange visions. He then grabs Tobin’s hand and guides him through the grass to an exit, instructing him to stop Becky and Cal from entering the grass. Tobin emerges in the church across the road just as Becky and Cal are about to enter the grass and convinces them to stay out by showing them Becky’s necklace that Travis gave him, hence closing the loop. Becky decides to keep her baby as they drive back home. Travis listens to them leave and dies peacefully in the grass.

Very interesting concept but what the heck is in that tall grass? And time loops and stuff? It leaves so many questions unanswered and I hate that. But then this is a short story which is made into a movie and there are bound to be some limitations. I give it a 7 outta 10!

Crawl

Crawl is a 2019 American disaster horror film directed by Alexandre Aja and written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. It stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper as a daughter and father, who along with their dog are hunted by alligators after becoming trapped in their home during a Category 5 hurricane. The film was theatrically released in the United States on July 12, 2019, by Paramount Pictures with Sam Raimi producing through his Raimi Productions banner.

Florida University student & swimmer Haley Keller is informed by her older sister that Category 5 Hurricane Wendy is on a collision course with Florida and advises her to get out of the state. Neither daughters are able to contact their dad Dave so Haley decides to go and check on him. Haley drives around evacuation routes to check in on Dave. She first goes to his condo, where he has been living since he and her mother divorced. Haley finds the family dog Sugar at the condo but not Dave himself and is worried that he has returned to the family home in Coral Lake, which he supposedly sold years ago.

Haley drives through the flooded streets and leaves Sugar inside the house and goes into the crawl space under the house when she sees it left open. She finds her father unconscious and wounded. When she tries to drag him out, her exit is cut off by large and ravenous alligators that Dave believes got into the house via a storm drain open to the crawl space. The alligators are too large to fit around the pipes under the house, allowing Haley and Dave a safe area at the far end of the crawl space. However, the hurricane intensifies and the crawl space begins to flood, so Haley attempts to navigate around the alligators before she and her father drown. Haley’s phone is dropped in the process and damaged by one of the alligators stepping on it. She tries to contact a group of looters in a gas station opposite the house for help, but they get killed by alligators.

She is also helpless to stop the alligators from attacking and killing two police officers who investigate the house for survivors. Dave manages to kill an alligator by splitting its head open with a shovel, but gets trapped. Haley makes her way to the storm drain, where she discovers that the alligators have made their nest and laid eggs. Haley successfully kills the other alligator using a gun retrieved from the body of one of the police officers, shooting down the alligator’s throat when it nearly bites her hand off and makes it upstairs, crow-barring the living room floor open and saving Dave from drowning in the basement. Haley, Dave & Sugar get into the boat but the floodwaters break the nearby levees, flooding Coral Lake even more and crashing them back into the house, where they get separated. While Dave and Sugar make their way up the stairs, Haley navigates around the kitchen and uses a discarded police radio to broadcast a distress signal to authorities.

After retrieving a set of road flares and saving Sugar from being attacked, Dave loses an arm to one of the alligators, Haley attempts to flag down a rescue helicopter from an upstairs bedroom but is attacked by another alligator, which attempts to drown her in a death roll. While Dave and Sugar escape to the attic, Haley stabs the alligator in the eye with a flare and attempts to swim to the roof from the outside of the house, narrowly avoiding being mauled by a fourth alligator before it gets swept away. Haley lights a flare and flags down the rescue helicopter as Dave and Sugar watch.

Interesting enough to watch and keeps you entertained and thrilled, the movie is however very similar to most creature features. And I don’t mind people getting killed by the alligators as long as the dog survives. It is good for a Sunday afternoon watch. 7.5 outta 10.

Child’s Play (2019)

Child’s Play is a 2019 horror film directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith, serving as a remake of the 1988 film of the same name and a reboot of the Child’s Play franchise. The film stars Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, and Brian Tyree Henry, with Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. The plot follows a family terrorized by a high-tech doll who becomes self-aware and subsequently murderous.

This reboot takes away the supernatural element of the soul of a dying criminal taking over a doll byerforming a Haitian Vodou spell and instead uses technology gone bad. Kaslan Corporation has just launched Buddi, a revolutionary line of high-tech dolls designed to be life-long companions to their owners, learning from their surroundings and acting accordingly. Buddi dolls can also connect to and operate other Kaslan products, quickly becoming a success for children worldwide. At a Buddi assembly factory in Vietnam, an employee is fired by his supervisor for insufficient work. In retaliation, the employee manipulates the doll that he is assembling by disabling all of its safety protocols, before committing suicide. The doll is packed alongside others in preparation for international delivery.

The doll is taken by retail clerk Karen Barclay who blackmails her boss to give it as a present to her 13 year old son Andy who is hearing impaired. The doll is defective but once Andy activates the doll, it names itself Chucky and becomes attached to Andy. Over time, Chucky helps Andy befriend two other children in the building – Falyn and Pugg – but also begins to display violent tendencies. Chucky tries to strangle the pet cat after it scratches Andy, and one night, while Andy and his friends gleefully watch a horror film, Chucky starts mimicking the violence on the screen and approaches the trio with a kitchen knife before Andy disarms him. The next day the cat is killed but a tearful Andy hides the body. Karen locks the doll in a closet, but he escapes and terrorizes her boyfriend Shane, which leads Shane to confront Andy. After overhearing Andy’s pleas for Shane to disappear, after he is bullied by the man, Chucky follows Shane to his house where we find that he actually has a wife and kids.

While Shane is outside taking down Christmas lights, Chucky breaks his leg before activating a tiller which scalps and kills him. The following day, Chucky delivers Shane’s skinned face as a gift to a horrified Andy. While police detective Mike Norris begins an investigation, Andy, Falyn and Pugg disable Chucky and dispose of him in the garbage. Building voyeur and electrician Gabe finds the doll and takes him to the building’s basement to prepare him for online sale. Now fully repaired, Chucky tortures and murders Gabe with a table saw. Chucky lands in the possession of another kid in the building named Omar, and proceeds to kill Mike’s mother Doreen in a controlled car crash. Meanwhile, Andy fails to convince Karen that Chucky has become murderous, and she takes Andy along to her next shift at her shopping mall workplace in order to keep him nearby. Mike travels to the mall and apprehends him just as Chucky takes full control of the building causing chaos.

Mike is wounded amid the massacre, and Andy and his friends manage to reach the exit, only for Andy to be forced to return when Chucky reveals that he is holding Karen hostage with intent to kill her. Andy manages to free his mother while being attacked by Chucky, before overpowering and defeating the doll with help from Karen and Mike. While paramedics tend Karen, Mike and other survivors, Andy and the rest of his friends destroy Chucky’s lifeless body in a nearby alleyway. Kaslan Corporation CEO Henry Kaslan issues a statement regarding Chucky’s programming. As more Buddi dolls are shown being recalled and placed into storage, one starts malfunctioning inside its box.

While an interesting new twist, the movie llacks the charm of the original 1988 film. I think with Andy being played by a younger kid who actually plays with dolls and Chucky wanting to kill Andy and take over his body makes it more dangerous and creepy. I give this one a 6.5 outta 10 as Hamill does a fine voice acting job.

Annabelle Comes Home

Annabelle Comes Home is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Gary Dauberman, in his directorial debut, from a script by Dauberman and a story by Dauberman and James Wan, who also acted as producer with Peter Safran. It serves as a sequel to 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation, and as the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. The film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.

The movie picks off from 2014’s Annabell, where Ed & Lorraine Warren confiscate the Annabelle doll from nurses Debbie and Camilla, who claim that the doll often performed violent activities in their apartment. During the drive back home, the doll summons spirits to attack Ed, but he narrowly survives. Annabelle is locked in a sacred glass case in the couple’s artifacts room that is blessed by Father Gordon to ensure the evil is contained. Sometime later they leave their young daughter Judy under the charge of teenage Mary Ellen at the house while they travel overnight to investigate another case. Judy sees the spirit of a dead priest at her school Mary Ellen’s friend Daniela arrives uninvited to the Warrens’ home, who is secretly curious about speaking to the dead.

She sneaks into the artifacts room and starts examining them, ultimately trying to contact her late father. She abruptly leaves Annabelle’s glass case unlocked, and the terror begins shortly afterward with the spirit of Bee Mullins unleashed. That night, Annabelle begins releasing other spirits, such as the Ferryman, the Bride, a Feeley Meeley board game, and the Black Shuck. Bob, a teenaged boy who Mary Ellen has a crush on comes to the house and later tries to serenade her but is attacked by the Black Shuck and runs into the backyard. Mary Ellen is tormented by the Ferryman, while Judy is confronted by Annabelle in her bedroom. Daniela had left earlier, but sneaks back to return the artifacts room’s keys. She gets locked inside the room and tormented by various objects, such as a piano and an old television that can predict the near future.

She finds the Mourner’s Bracelet and sees her father twisted into a malevolent spirit. A bloody and screaming Daniela appears on the television screen after having answered a cursed telephone. The real Daniela later unwittingly reaches to answer the telephone, but is interrupted by Judy and Mary Ellen. The priest’s spirit, acting as Judy’s guardian, guides them to the Ferryman. They manage to retrieve the glass case’s key after they are attacked by demonic hands from the Feeley Meeley board game and a possessed Daniela, but struggle to secure the case as the demon of the doll physically attacks them. Daniela recovers when Judy plays Ed’s recorded footage of the Bride’s exorcism, and helps replace the doll. After the case is locked, the disturbances cease as the spirits return to their slumber, and Bob reunites with the trio.

Ed and Lorraine, worst parents ever (leaving their kid in the house with a teenager and the possessed shit) return the next morning and the girls approach them to recount the eventful night. Daniela apologizes to Lorraine, who gives her a comforting message from her father. Later, many friends gather to celebrate Judy’s birthday party.

While not as good as the first two Conjuring movies, it certainly ranks as good as the first two Annabell movies. I like the child actress McKenna Grace from Designated Survivor & her recurring role in Fuller House and she does well here as do the two young actresses who play teenagers but are not teenagers. 7 outta 10!

It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two is a 2019 American supernatural horror film and the sequel to the 2017 film It, both based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. The film is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the first film, it stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean as the adult versions of the Losers’ Club. Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff reprise their roles as the younger Losers, while Bill Skarsgård also returns as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

27 years after the events of the first movie, we come back to Derry, Main and see Adrian Mellon and his boyfriend Don Hagarty are attacked by a group of homophobic youths. Adrian is then thrown from a bridge and killed by Pennywise the Dancing Clown while Don watches helplessly. Mike Hanlon overhears the incident on a police scanner and rushes to the scene. Upon realizing that “It” has resurfaced, he calls the other members of the Losers Club — Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Stanley Uris — back to Derry. Most are amnesiac about their childhoods and disturbed by the calls, but agree to return. Stanley, however, commits suicide after his call.

The Losers reunite at a local restaurant and slowly begin to recover their memories, but are terrified by disturbing visions and taunts caused by It. The group is then informed of Stanley’s suicide. Richie and Eddie decide to leave while Mike reveals to Bill that he met with a Native American tribe who showed him a vision of It arriving to Earth from the stars, and informed him of the Ritual of Chüd, a way of destroying It once and for all. Bill and Mike convince Richie and Eddie to stay and finish what was started. Henry Bowers, having survived his apparent death, has been confined to a mental hospital, but with the help of It, he escapes. For the ritual to work, each Loser must have an artifact from their past. Beverly goes to her old home and finds the love letter Ben wrote for her, though she still believes Bill wrote it. Bill goes to the storm drain where Georgie was killed and recovers Georgie’s paper boat. Ben goes to the town’s high school and finds his old yearbook page, which Beverly was the only person to sign.

Eddie goes to a pharmacy and recovers an inhaler. Richie goes to an abandoned arcade where he finds a game token. After escaping individual encounters with It, the Losers use a shower cap from their childhood clubhouse for Stanley and Mike finds the rock that started their fight against the Bowers gang years prior. Bill goes to find Dean, a young boy who he met on the road and who lives in Bill’s old house, and rushes to a carnival to save him, but he helplessly watches Dean be devoured by It right in front of him. Traumatized by his failure to save both Georgie and Dean, he returns to the Neibolt house to murder It. Bowers attacks and wounds Eddie and Mike, but is killed by Richie. The rest of the Losers depart for the Neibolt house to help Bill. The group descends into a massive cavern beneath the sewers and complete the Ritual, but It is able to withstand the Ritual, unaffected. It takes on a giant, spider-like form with Pennywise’s head, and pressures Mike into revealing to the Losers that the Natives who attempted the Ritual in the past all perished.

The Losers are then thrown into nightmarish scenarios that they all eventually escape from before arriving back in the cavern. Richie is paralyzed by It’s hypnotic “deadlights” and is about to be killed, but Eddie saves him, being impaled by It in the process. The Losers regroup and realize It can be killed if they stand up to him and make him feel smaller than he actually is. They surround and insult It over and over, making him physically shrink and weaken until they are able to tear out his heart and crush it, killing It. Eddie dies from his injuries despite Richie’s attempts to save him. The remaining Losers are forced to escape, as the Neibolt House crashes in on itself.

They then wash themselves from the blood, dirt & muck by swimming in the quarry that they used to go to as kids. Beverly, who has realized it was Ben who wrote the letter, shares a kiss with him, and the two start a romantic relationship. Richie returns to the bridge where he had once carved his initials and those of another person, now revealed to be Eddie. Mike decides to move out of Derry to start a new life. The Losers all receive posthumous letters from Stanley, explaining that he believed he would have held them back, but knew they could defeat It if they were brave without him.

I found the movie to be a bit too long at 170 minutes. I loved the acting and the cast was almost perfectly chosen. I couldn’t ask for a better performance. Pennywise was fucking bonkers and scary as ever but the movie as a whole isn’t as scary as I thought it would be. Overall I think it is a lesser movie than the first. I give it a 7.5 outta 10!

Brightburn

Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky and produced by James Gunn and Kenneth Huang. It stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson A. Dunn, and follows a young alien boy raised on Earth who realizes he has superpowers, soon using them to terrorize his town. Basically the story is a relook at the story of Superman and what if he was an evil being instead of the superhero he turned out to be.

In the year 2006, Tori and Kyle Breyer, a couple living in a farm in Brightburn, Kansas, investigate a crash in the woods and find a small spaceship. In it is a human looking baby who they then take in and raise him as their own. Brandon, as they name, him is know as their son who they adopted by everyone else, is a sweet and normal child with the exception that he doesn’t fall ill or bleed. Twelve years later, the ship begins transmitting an alien message, leading Brandon to discover he has superhuman strength and invulnerability. He sleepwalks to the barn and tries to open the cellar, chanting the craft’s message, but Tori intervenes.

He starts becoming arrogant and tests his powers and also throws a tantrum on his birthday at a diner when his uncle Noah and aunt Merilee give him a hunting rifle, which Kyle refuses to let Brandon have, and Brandon causes a scene. This makes Kyle force Brandon out of the diner and leave with Tori. Tori finds photos of lingerie and swimsuit models, surgical diagrams, and graphic photos of human organs in Brandon’s room. Kyle tells him it’s ok to act on his urges but this makes Brandon to stalk Caitlyn, a girl he likes, in her bedroom and scare her. The farm chickens seem scared of him and he slaughters them for no reason. Caitlyn, refuses to touch him during a trust fall excerise at school, which causes him to fall and he breaks her hand in return.  Tori interrupts Brandon as he levitates above the open cellar, chanting the ship’s message, and he falls and cuts himself on the spaceship, the first time he has ever been injured. Tori reveals the truth about his arrival on Earth, and Brandon leaves, finally understanding the ship’s message: “Take the world.”

Brandon visits Catilyn again and offers her flowers. When she tells him that her mother has forbidden him to speak to him, a masked Brandon stalks and murders Erica. Merilee, his aunt who is also the school counseller is concerned about Brandon’s lack of remorse in hurting Caitlyn, tells him that she is required to report his progress to police. Brandon tries to intimidate Merilee at her home, but she sends him away. He comes back and scares Noah who threatens to tell his parents, prompting Brandon to lash out. Terrified, Noah tries to escape in his truck, but Brandon lifts and crashes the vehicle, killing Noah and draws a symbol on the road in Noah’s blood. Brandon returns home shirtless after school, telling his parents that other students tore his shirt, but refuses to give it to Tori. His parents learn from a grieving Merilee that Brandon had gone to her house and are alarmed when Brandon does not react to their news of Noah’s death. When Kyle grabs him, Brandon violently shoves him. Kyle finds Brandon’s blood-stained shirt and shows it to Tori, but she refuses to believe Brandon killed Noah. Taking Brandon hunting, Kyle shoots him in the back of the head but the bullet does no damage. Heartbroken, Brandon kills Kyle with his heat vision.

After the sheriff shows Tori the symbol found at the scenes of Erica’s and Noah’s deaths, Tori finds Brandon’s notebook with drawings of the murders, a masked Brandon destroying the Earth with the words “take the world”, and the symbol. Tori realized her husband was right about Brandon and attempts to reach Kyle, but Brandon answers the phone and informs her Kyle is dead. As Brandon destroys the house, Tori calls the police, but Brandon brutally murders the sheriff and his deputy. In the barn, Tori finds Erica’s mutilated body nailed to a wall and surrounded by symbols in blood. Remembering Brandon’s cut, Tori arms herself with a sharp piece of the ship to stab him, but fails when Brandon anticipates the attack. Enraged, Brandon flies Tori through the barn roof (injuring her face) and above the clouds, and drops her to her death, then crashes an airplane into the farm, killing everyone aboard, to cover up his murders.

During the end credits, news reports and a conspiracy theorist discuss assorted destruction in Brightburn, the existence of other super beings, and pleads with humanity to take action. The montage seems to set up a sequel or 2 but the movie hasn’t done well at the box office. The movie made a worldwide total of $32.1 million on a budget of around $6-12 million. The acting is decent and the cast does a good job but the overall execution isn’t that exciting. As a horror movie it relies on jump scares and a scifi superhero or super-being it is interesting. I will give it a 7 outta 10!

Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game is a 2017 American psychological horror thriller drama film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and written by Jeff Howard and Flanagan. It is based on Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name, long thought to be unfilmable. The film stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as a married couple staying in an isolated house during a holiday. When the husband dies of a sudden heart attack, his wife, left handcuffed to the bed without the key and with little hope of rescue, must find a way to survive, all while battling her inner demons.

Married couple Jessie & Gerald leave their home for a secluded lake house in Fairhope, Alabama and plan to rekindle their sex life. Just as they are about to reach the house they see a large stray dog on the road and Jessie feeds it some meat. She & Gerald then go to their bedroom and hanges into a new night dress, placing the tag on a shelf above the bed, and practices sexy poses. Gerald takes a second Viagra and leaves his glass of water on the same shelf. He restrains Jessie with one handcuff on each wrist locked to the bedposts; she seems a bit surprised by this, but goes along. He begins to enact a stranger rape fantasy, telling her to scream for help, knowing no one will hear. She half-heartedly plays along but soon becomes uncomfortable, telling him to stop and uncuff her but Gerald is surprised that she won’t play along. Her argues with her and accuses her of not trying to make their sex life better when he clutches his heart and dies of an attack.

Jessie cries out but there is no one nearby, however the stray dog comes in through the door that they left open. and Jessie tries to scare it away, but it bites a chunk out of Gerald’s arm and eats it. As the hours pass by and night is setting Jessie has hallucinations of Gerald and herself talking to her and each other. She starts to suffer from dehydration and fatigue. Gerald and the self-assured Jessie tell things about herself and Gerald that she never had the courage to acknowledge. They trigger her to remember the glass of water above the bed, which she is able to reach but cannot bring all the way to her mouth. The hallucinations remind her of the tag she put on the shelf, which she rolls into a straw in order to reach the water. After she drinks some of the water she falls asleep but wakes up to see  sees a tall, deformed, obscured figure who reveals a bag of various bones and trinkets. She closes her eyes saying, “You’re not real.” When she opens her eyes he is not there. When her hallucination of Gerald calls her mouse, it triggers a memory of her father, Tom, who affectionately referred to her as “Mouse.”

As a 12 year old while watching the solar eclipse suggests she sit on his lap, as she did when she was younger. Once on his lap, he masturbates. The handcuffed Jessie awakes to intense pain due to her circulation being cut off and cramping. She realizes, through the hallucinations of herself & Gerald,  that she dealt with the pressure of keeping such a secret, and her claims that it had nothing to do with her marriage, even though she married a man just like her father. She sees a bloody footprint on the floor. After the eclipse, her father tells her he was ashamed of what he did, and manipulates her into agreeing never to tell anyone. Jessie smashes the water glass and cuts her wrist in a way that enables her to peel back the skin, allowing her bloody hand to slip through the cuff. She drags the bed to the key, unlocking her other hand. She drinks water and bandages herself, but then passes out on the floor from blood loss and fatigue. When she wakes, the “man made of moonlight” is at the end of the hall, and she gives him her wedding ring for his trinket bag. She makes it to her car and drives away, but sees the man again in the back seat. The car crashes into a tree, but people from a nearby house come out.

6 months later she writes a letter to her 12 year old self how she had pretended to have amnesia over the whole ordeal of being trapped, avoiding painful questions. She used some of Gerald’s life insurance to start a foundation for victims of sexual abuse. But each night the “man made of moonlight” still appears before her as she falls asleep. Her wedding ring was never found in the house, and she learned from the news that a man who has acromegaly, causing disfiguration of his head, is a serial killer who dug up crypts, stealing bones and jewels, and occasionally eating the faces of male corpses. This explains why he did not harm Jessie in the house and also why Gerald’s face was disfigured. Jessie arrives at court as the moonlight man is being sentenced, and calls for his attention. He quotes what she said before leaving the house, indicating that he was in fact there at the time. Seeing also Gerald’s and Tom’s face where his face is, she says “You’re so much smaller than I remember”, and walks triumphantly out into the street with the sunlight gleaming down on her.

It was long thought that to be unfilmable until Netflix came up with this movie. Gerald’s Game was released on September 29, 2017, by Netflix. It received very positive reviews from critics, who lauded Gugino’s performance; Flanagan’s direction, as well as the film’s themes and their treatment, were also singled out. I give the film an 8 outta 10!

The Prodigy

The Prodigy is a 2019 American-Canadian horror film directed by Nicholas McCarthy, and starring Taylor Schilling, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore and Jackson Robert Scott. The plot centers around a child whose disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural being has taken control of him, forcing his parents to investigate whether sinister forces are involved.

The film is about this young boy who is more than what he seems. In rural Ohio sserial killer Edward Scarka, who abducts and later kills women, is shot dead by the police after one of his victims escapes and alerts the authorities. Before he dies he recites a chant or spell in a foreign language. Several states away in Pennsylvania married couple Sarah and John give birth to their son, Miles. Pretty soon they are made aware that their son is a prodigy showing extreme wisdom and intelligence from a young age, and begins speaking fluently before he is even a toddler.

However things aren’t all good as Miles starts behaving in disturbing fashions attacking a classmate with a wrench, talking gibberish in his sleep and scares his babysitter – and later claims no memory of it.  Sarah brings Miles to psychiatrist Elaine Strasser, and turns over a tape recording of him talking apparent gibberish in his sleep. Elaine gives the tape to a colleague, Arthur Jacobson, an expert on rebirth and reincarnation. Arthur reveals that the gibberish Miles spoke is in fact Hungarian, and that the words translate to “I’ll cut your eyes out and watch you die, whore.” Sarah is unwilling to believe Arthur’s assertion that an unsettled spirit wants control of the boy’s body. At home, the family’s dog goes missing, and John becomes infuriated when he finds that Miles has been recording the couple’s bedroom with a baby monitor. John leaves to stay with his brother, leaving Sarah alone with Miles. Sarah later finds a swarm of flies in the house and discovers the family’s dismembered dog in the basement. Miles apologizes, explaining that someone is invading his dreams every night, and that he has to “make room.”

Sarah brings Miles to Arthur who hypnotizes him and the individual explains that his parents were Hungarian immigrants. The session goes awry when Miles threatens to accuse Arthur of drugging and molesting him, which prompts Arthur to end the session. Afterward, Arthur finds “Scarka” carved into his leather couch from the boy’s fingernails. He calls Sarah and explains that he believes Miles’s body is being possessed by Edward Scarka, attempting to return to continue his killing spree. Sarah researches Scarka and finds out that the killer died just minutes before Miles was born and that his parents were Hungarian immigrants. John and Sarah decide to have Miles incarcerated, but Miles stabs John en route to the facility, causing him to crash; John goes into a coma as a result of the accident. In Miles’s room, Sarah uncovers a cache of newspaper clippings about Edward’s crimes, as well as a book by Margaret St. James, Edward’s final victim, who escaped and led authorities to him.

Sarah realizes that Edward, through Miles,needs to get to Margaret and decides to kill Margaret herself, ending Edward’s need for Miles’s body. She drugs Miles with sleeping pills and the two drive to Margaret’s rural farmhouse. However once she confronts the women she is unable to kill her. Miles though comes barging in and attacks Margaret with a butcher knife, stabbing and disemboweling her. Sarah chases Miles outside to console him, believing Edward has left his body now that his final deed is complete. However, he reveals that Edward has taken full control, and Miles’s soul has already been vanquished. Horrified, Sarah attempts to shoot him but before she can, a farmer shoots her with a rifle, killing her. Some time later, Miles is taken to live in a temporary foster home until John is discharged from the hospital. In his new bedroom, Miles stares into a mirror, which reflects back the image of Edward.

The film was released in the United States on February 8, 2019, by Orion Pictures. It has grossed over $19 million and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances but criticized the story. It’s a unique storyline of reincarnation and a killer possessing a boy to kill the woman who got away. I like the acting but the movie isn’t that good overall. I give it a 6.5 outta 10!

Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by Jeff Buhler, from a screen story by Matt Greenberg. It is the second adaptation of the 1983 novel of the same name by Stephen King, after the 1989 film. The film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, and follows a family that discovers a mysterious graveyard in the woods behind their new home.

The story is pretty much followed from the original with some changes mainly towards the end. Dr. Louis Creed moves his family – wife Rachel, daughter Ellie, toddler Gage and their pet cat Church – from Boston to the small town of Ludlow, Maine. The same day they see a procession of children in animal masks headed towards the woods to bury a deceased pet dog. There is a sign that reads Pet Sematary deeper in the woods and their aged neighbour Jud warms the, not to venture to far out.

At the university hospital, Louis is left shaken after failing to save the life of Victor Pascow, a student who has been fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle. On the night following Pascow’s death, Louis experiences a vivid dream in which he meets Pascow, who leads him to the back of the cemetery and warns Louis not to “venture beyond” and that “the ground is sour”. A disturbed Louis awakens to find his feet and bed sheets caked in mud, suggesting that the evening’s previous events were more than just a nightmare. Later on Halloween, Church is killed when he is hit by a truck. Jud takes Louis to the Pet Sematary, supposedly to bury Church, however he leads Louis farther to an ancient burial ground. The next day Louis is stunned to see a dirty and smelly Church has come back. The cat is more aggressive and scratches Ellie and violently mangles a bird.

Louis confronts Jud who tells him that the burial ground behind the Pet Sematary is able to bring things back from the dead and is believed to be inhabited by a spirit known as the Wendigo. After Church attacks Gage, Louis attempts to euthanize him, however he decides against killing the cat and instead releases him at the gate of an area with restricted access, before telling Ellie that he ran away. The Creeds throw an outdoor party for Ellisees Church returning and runs out to the highway to greet him, followed by Gage. Louis rushes to save Gage and the truck driver wrecks the truck in order not to hit Ellie but the trailer separates and hits the girl, instantly killing her. The family is devastated, and Rachel and Gage leave to spend a few days with Rachel’s parents. Jud, sensing that Louis is planning on resurrecting Ellie, warns the grieving father that “sometimes dead is better”. However, despite the warnings from Jud and Pascow’s spirit, and his own reservations about the idea, Louis’s grief and guilt spur him to carry out his plan.

After drugging Jud, Louis exhumes Ellie’s body from her grave and inters her in the burial ground watched by the Wendigo who lets him bury Ellie. Ellie returns from the dead, however she immediately manifests a disturbing and ornery demeanor. At her parents’ house, Rachel is frightened by visions of her dead sister Zelda, who suffered from spinal meningitis and died after falling down a dumbwaiter shaft, leaving Rachel traumatized since she was young. Gage also sees the ghost of Pascow; meanwhile, Jud wakes up and confronts Louis. Insisting everything is fine, Louis sends Jud away; however, Jud spots Ellie watching him from her bedroom window. He is distracted by a snarling Church and Ellie slashes his ankle and after he falls she stabs him to death. Rachel returns home with Gage and cannot believe that she is seeing her daughter alive. She manages to get Gage to Louis but she is stabbed by Ellie. Louis locks Gage in the car and returns upstairs to find a dying Rachel who begs Louis not to resurrect her before succumbing to her injuries.

Ellie knocks Louis unconscious and drags Rachel’s body into the woods where she buries her beyond the Pet Sematary. As Louis prepares to kill Ellie in the forest, he is impaled through the chest with a weather vane by a resurrected Rachel, and he too is buried. Along with Church, the trio set fire to Jud’s house before approaching the car where Gage still sits inside. The resurrected Louis gestures to Gage to unlock the door.

This one is darker and ends differently from the original but it doesn’t better the original and I feel that horror film makers seem to be running out of ideas and reboots and remakes seem to be popping up a lot. I still liked it even though the lead actor’s mumbling and acting style put me off. I give it a 7 outta 10!

Truth Or Die

Truth Or Die is a British film by director Robert Heath and starring Tom Kane, Liam Boyle, Jack Gordon, Florence Hall, Jennie Jacques & Alexander Vlahos. I can’t really call it horror but it’s more like a dark thriller with elements of horror.

A year or more before the events of the main part of the film, a group of teenagers are at a party celebrating the end of their school life and doing the same things that teenagers do at this party. Drink, make loud obnoxious noises, play games that only drunk teens do in movies and make out. Lonely Felix is the odd one out, seemingly without any friends. While taking part in a game of truth or dare, with a few students, Felix is pressurized into choosing a girl at the party and he picks Gemma, a girl who he has a huge crush on. Unfortunately for him, Gemma’s boyfriend Chris does not approve and humiliates Felix in front of the others and punches him. Felix leaves to taunts of “Truth or Dare Bitch”! and we see him sitting outside on his own.

Now a year or more later, the teens – Gemma, Eleanor, Chris, Paul & Luke – are invited to Felix’s birthday party with the promise of a great time and free booze. As Felix’s family is very rich and has a huge mansion in the country side, all 5 decide to join with only Gemma feeling sorry for the lad. They meet up and drive to the mansion only to be told by a caretaker that the party is in a small cabin way into the woods. They are met there by Felix’s older army soldier of a  brother Justin, who is back from a tour of Afghanistan. He apologies for the fact that Felix isn’t there, saying that he couldn’t get a flight out of Spain but the 5 friends were welcome to have drinks and food with him. As the teens drink the party, Justin suggests that they play spin the bottle and truth or dare. Soon we realize that something is wrong.

Justin says that Felix was so devastated by the game and that that he later came to the cabin and hung himself to death. The only clue that Justin has is that someone sent Felix a postcard with the words “Truth or Dare, Bitch!” on it. This was found on Felix when Justin found him body. Justin then pulls a gun on the 5 and asks them to confess. When they refuse, he scares them and shoots of part of Paul’s finger. He also bullies Luke who has a side business as a drug dealer and makes him tie up the others. He makes the others choose between two jars of clear liquids – one water and the other an acid – and pump it into one of them. Gemma is saved when water is chosen but Chris, who says he sent the card after initially denying it, gets acid pumped into him and he dies. When Jonesy, another friend of theirs comes to the cabin, he is killed by Justin. Gemma manages to escape and runs through the back and finds the mansion.

In it she sees Felix still alive but in a vegetative state after his suicide attempt led to his brain being starved of oxygen and he is lying in a bed fed through tubes. Tvs around him shows him what is happening in the cabin and Gemma confronts him. The groundskeeper barges in and is killed in a struggle for the shotgun but Gemma is caught by Justin who breaks her neck. He brings her body to the cabin along with Felix in a wheelchair and in a struggle Eleanor is able to get free. Luke is killed but Eleanor manages to get the upper hand and smashes the acid jar over Justin’s head, scarring part of his face. When he comes to, he is tied up against a beam and Eleanor reveals what actually happened. At the party she had tempted Felix to go up to a bedroom with her with the lure of sex but made him suck a sleeping Paul’s penis. When Paul woke up he was disgusted and threatened Felix who ran away in shame.

Eleanor has recorded this on her cell and it was she who sent the card as a joke not knowing that Felix would kill himself. Fearing what his soldier and tough guy older brother would think of him, Felix attempted suicide. Eleanor convinces Felix to kill himself and Justin by pulling the pin on a grenade and blowing them up in the cabin while she, escapes in Justin’s car along with Paul and Gemma’s body.

Not bad with a couple of twists in the end. Kinda torture pornish but not really. It’s obviously very low budget but the cast did the best with what they had. And Eleanor is so hot! 6 outta 10!

You’re Next

You’re Next is a 2011 American black comedy slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg. The plot concerns a family under attack by a group of masked assailants during their wedding anniversary getaway.

The movie starts with a man and a younger woman, who after having sex, are killed in the house by a man in a Lamb Mask and who has the words “You’re Next” written in blood on the window. The next day, Aubrey and Paul Davidson, a middle-aged couple reach their vacation house in rural Missouri in order to get things ready for their wedding anniversary dinner. Their son Crispian brings his Australian girlfriend Erin to meet them for the first time and are joined by Crispian’s older brother Drake and his wife Kelly, Crispian’s younger siblings Felix and Aimee, and their partners, Zee and Tariq, respectively.

As an argument breaks out between Crispian and Drake, someone shoots crossbow bolts through the window, killing Tariq and wounding Drake. The survivors discover that cell phone reception in the area has been jammed. Aimee runs outside for help, but runs into a garrote wire which slices her throat, killing her. Crispian leaves the house to find help. One by one the people in masks start killing the others. Erin who grew up in a survivalist compound where she learned combat and survival skills. fights back and kills a man in Tiger Mask. t is revealed that Felix and Zee hired the assassins Tom (Fox Mask), Craig (Lamb Mask), and Dave (Tiger Mask) to murder the family so they could collect their inheritance. While Zee is helping Erin, Felix lures Drake to the basement and kills him.

Later Erin jumps out of the window to escape Fox Mask, injuring her leg and eventually doubling back to the house. While hiding, Erin overhears an argument between Felix, Zee, Fox Mask and Lamb Mask. Her cell phone beeps to indicate that her text to 911 has gone through, alerting the killers. She goes out of the window and kills Lamb Mask and sets up a trap at the front door but Fox Mask comes into the house through a window and Erin kills him after a fight.  Zee and Felix attempt to kill Erin themselves. Felix stabs Erin, but she kills him, then uses his knife to kill Zee. Felix’s cell phone rings and Erin answers without speaking. Believing he is speaking to Felix, Crispian apologizes for fleeing instead of not helping, revealing he was in on the murders. He returns to the home and finds Erin. After he attempts to bribe her into staying quiet, she kills him in disgust. A policeman arrives and shoots Erin in the shoulder, having seen her kill Crispian. After calling for backup, he attempts to enter the house despite Erin’s pleas, and is accidentally struck and killed by Erin’s front door trap that was intended for Fox Mask.

It becomes entertaining once the killing starts and the twists is really good. Made on a budget of $1 million, the movie made almost $27 million at the box office and became a cult favourite. 7 outta 10!