Recommended Halloween Viewing

I review horror flicks year round! I absolutely adore them. Here are 6 of my favorite from this year with links to my review.

If you’re in the mood for something more fun, check out Skull: The Mask. It’s an insanely fun ride.

Train to Busan: Peninsula is also a good time. It takes everything that made Train to Busan good and turns it up to 11.

Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid made a lot of waves. It’s an adult fairy tale, influenced by Guillermo Del Toro’s work. Lopez uses those techniques to show real world horror.

If you like more slow-paced films (which are totally my jam), the next three are for you.

La Llorona (not to be mistaken for Curse of La Llorona) is a tense, psychological thriller that addresses a real genocide.

Natalie Erika James’ Relic is astounding. It’s hard to imagine how her directing and her writing is as good and polished as it is in her debut, a somber reflection on losing a loved-one to dementia.

Amulet, another directorial debut, slow-burns as well. In this, a man is made to confront his past misdeeds.

Parasite Joins the Criterion Collection [Blu-ray Review]

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite shocked the world earlier this year by winning the Oscars for Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. It was the first ever non-English language film to win that last award. Joon Ho also was a blast to watch throughout award season, making his Oscars kiss, challenging Americans to “overcome the one inch tall barrier of subtitles,” and promising to “drink until next morning.” It’s hard to believe that was all still this year, which makes it impressive that Criterion has had time to add Parasite to its collection. 

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5 Self-Contained Horror Graphic Novels to Enjoy this October

There are a lot of great horror comics series — Beasts of BurdenHarrow County, and Locke and Key all come to mind — but sometimes you need to read something quick. A graphic novel without fourteen volumes that you need to individually hunt down. 

Take a break and scare yourself with these self-contained horror graphic novels this October! 

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Amulet is a Must See [Review]

There’s a rule in creative writing: a story shouldn’t start with a character waking up. Writer/director Romola Garai breaks it twice in Amulet and the film is better for it. Her confidence and strong social commentary in her feature-length directorial debut make Amulet a must watch movie. 

As previously noted, Amulet opens with Tomas (Alec Secareanu) waking up in a cabin in the woods. He’s on what looks like an air mattress with an assault rifle leaning on the wall behind him. He’s a soldier in an unnamed war, stationed far from the action because his mother did some free dental work for his commanding officer. It’s peaceful until Miriam (Angeliki Papoulia) charges down the dirt road toward his cabin. He’s supposed to shoot her, but when she passes out, he carries her back to his cabin instead. 

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The Old Ways Revitalizes Exorcism Movies [Review]

Director Christopher Alender and Marcos Gabriel tell a different kind of exorcism story in The Old Ways. After witnessing her mother’s failed exorcism as a child, Cristina (Brigitte Kali Canales) was sent from Mexico to the U.S.  She returns to Veracruz as an adult for an assignment. She’s supposed to be researching, “a story on the local tribes and culture,” but finds herself in a prison cell with a burlap sack over her head instead. Screenwriter Marcos Gabriel (who previously collaborated with Alender on Memorial Day and Muppets Now) drops breadcrumbs, building toward why she’s there.

According to her abductors, Luz (Julia Vera) and Luz’s adult son Javi (Sal Lopez), a demon possessed Cristina when she visited a mysterious cave called La Boca (Spanish for “the mouth”). Cristina insists that couldn’t have happened because demons aren’t real and begs her captors to contact her cousin Miranda (Andrea Cortés). And in the meantime, would they please just give her her bag. She doesn’t say it, but there’s some heroin in there and she needs it. 

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