Elfen Lied Review

Elfen Lied is a 2004 psychological horror science fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Mamoru Kambe. Based on the manga of the same name written by Lynn Okamoto, the series is centered on the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by human beings and subsequently wants revenge. Positives: Highly violent with lots of gore Great voice performances Good animation The writing is decent Interesting premise Negatives: Lackluster characters Score is not memorable Uneventful story Plot:  Elfen Lied focuses on Lucy who is of a newly mutated species, the “Diclonius”.  She…

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a 2015 superhero detective psychological thriller web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, starring Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Tennant, Erin Moriarty, and Eka Darville.  The series follows Jessica Jones who is a former superhero who decides to start over utilizing her abilities as a private investigator in her detective agency. Positives: Great characters Great performances Great cast Compelling storyline Great score Great dialogue Great use of special effects Negatives: n/a Plot: Jessica Jones is a former superhero who decides to…

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2017 October is Here

As a part of our monthly themed schedule, October, the month of Halloween, has been the month designated as horror themed.  So throughout the month, every Thursday the majority of content will be focused on horror theme including slashers, thrillers, supernatural, and psychological…basically just scary stuff in general.

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The Blackcoat’s Daughter Review

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a 2017 supernatural psychological horror film directed by Oz Perkins, starring Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka, James Remar, and Lauren Holly.   The film follows two girls, Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. Positives: Good performances Suspenseful music Gore sequences are done well Negatives: Very slow pace Characters are not memorable Music is overly done Predictable plot Plot: During the dead of winter, a troubled young woman…

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House – Movie Review

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a 2016 psychological horror thriller film directed by Osgood Perkins, starring Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban, and Lucy Boynton.  The film follows a live-in nurse, Lily (Ruth Wilson) who suspects her elderly employer’s house may be haunted. Positives: Great suspense Great score Good character Good performance Interesting premise Negatives: Confusing plot Painfully slow paced Poor camera work Commentary:  The story is pretty slow but suspenseful.  The story does become confusing as it switches between Lily reading the novel,…

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning Review

  Friday the 13th: A New Beginning is a 1985 slasher film directed by Danny Steinmann starring Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Marco St. John, Juliette Cummins, Carol Locatell, and Vernon Washington. The film serves as the fifth installment in the Friday the 13th film series and follows Tommy who is in a halfway house when a series of brutal murders occur by a new hockey-masked assailant. Positives: Good premise Good performances Great use of practical effects Good score Good script Great suspense Negatives: Lackluster characters Lackluster…

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Stitches – Movie Review

Stitches is a 2012 psychological horror comedy film directed by Conor McMahon, starring Tommy Knight, Ross Noble, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Shane Murray Corcoran, Thommas Kane Byrne, Eoghan McQuinn, Roisin Barron, Hugh Mulhern, John McDonnell, Tommy Cullen, Lorna Dempsey, Jemma Curran, and Ryan Burke. The plot concerns a birthday clown returning from the dead to exact revenge upon a boy and a group of children who contributed to his death. Positives: Good use of practical effects Negatives: Unlikable characters Poor dialogue Poorly written characters Poorly written plot Commentary: Now in the overall scheme…

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Blair Witch Review

Blair Witch is a 2016 found footage psychological horror film directed by Adam Wingard, starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, and Valorie Curry.  Set as a direct sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, the film follows a group of college students and their local guides who venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance years ago of Heather Donahue. Positives: Good performances by the main cast Great use of practical effects Decent story Maintains tense atmosphere…

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Stonehearst Asylum Review

Stonehearst Asylum is a 2014 psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson, starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, and David Thewlis.  The film follows Dr. Edward Newgate who transfers to Stonehearst Asylum, discovering that the asylum is run by the very inmates it was created to house. Positives: Great performances Interesting story Well paced Interesting Great design Negative: n’a Plot: First, let’s just say that this movie has a brilliant concept.  It does a great job of gradually unveiling the twist of the patients running the facility.  The…

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Circle Review

Circle is a 2015 psychological thriller film directed by Aaron Hann and Marlo Miscione, starring Carter Jenkins, Lawrence Kao, Allegra Masters, Michael Nardelli, Julie Benz, Mercy Malick, Lisa Pelikan, and Cesar Garcia.  The film follows fifty people wake up in a dark room, only to find that one of them is killed every two minutes or when they attempt to leave and realize that they can control which person is selected to die.

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